After playing a character for almost ten years on "The Colbert Report," Charleston native Stephen Colbert is finally unleashing his "real" personality on "The Late Show" on CBS! What do we know about Charleston's native son? Colbert grew up in Charleston as the youngest of 11 children, but his family was struck by tragedy when his father and two brothers were killed in a plane crash in 1974. Colbert was just 10, and his other siblings had all grown up and moved away, leaving just him and his mother. Colbert turned to reading, especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He's reportedly even fluent in the language spoken by Tolkien's elves! Another little-known fact about the comedic mastermind: he's been deaf in his right ear since he was a child. A surgery meant to fix a perforated eardrum wound up damaging his inner ear instead. This condition wound up diverting him from an early interest in marine biology, because he's unable to scuba dive. Colbert caught the comedy bug early when he took improv classes at an improv theater. Have you been watching his "Late Show" this week? What do you think so far? Read the full article here: Stephen Colbert: 5 Little-Known Facts About The Late Show's New Host

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