Learn more about the Emmys' new man of the hour

By Nick Romano
September 10, 2017 at 08:00 AM EDT

Emmys host Stephen Colbert is ready to take on television’s big night on Sunday, Sept. 17. The guy manning the desk of The Late Show will follow in the footsteps of other prominent late-night personalities, like Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien, all of whom hosted the Emmy Awards ceremony in the past.

But this isn’t just any Emmys — it’s the first since Donald Trump became president, and Colbert has long lampooned the reality-TV-star-turned-leader-of-the-free-world.

Before Colbert unleashes whatever’s in store for viewers on Emmys night, learn more about the legendary late-night host.

1. What did Stephen Colbert say about hosting the Emmys?

Colbert didn’t waste a moment referencing Trump in his first statement regarding his Emmy hosting announcement. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe,” he said. Aside from a few stray promos, we don’t know a whole lot about what we can expect, but he’s scheduled to chat all things Emmys with Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday, Sept. 14.

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2. How old is Stephen Colbert?

At 53 years old, Colbert has nine Emmy wins across The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central claim to fame, The Colbert Report. Since taking the reins of The Late Show from David Letterman, he has accumulated 31 total nominations.

3. How tall is Stephen Colbert?

Colbert is 5 feet, 11 inches. After the comedic fuss he made on The Colbert Report in 2014 about how Google got his height wrong, we should all know this by now. “I demand a retraction, an investigation, an apology and a substantial cash settlement, or I will see your a– in court,” he joked at the time when the search engine labeled him 5 feet, 10 inches.

4. Is Stephen Colbert married?

Yes, Colbert has been married to Evelyn McGee-Colbert since 1993. He loves telling the story about how they met in the food line while attending the musical Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg. They realized later that they went to different schools in the same area as kids, but their families knew each other.

5. What did Colbert say about Trump and Putin?

What hasn’t Colbert said about Trump and Vladimir Putin? To name just a few choice phrases, he’s called Trump “a presi-dunce,” “a regular Gorge Washington,” “a real prick-tator,” a “c–kholster” for Putin, Megatron from Transformers, “a mess,” and at one point straight up said, “F–k you,” over Trump’s decision to ban transgender service members from the military. As for the Russian leader, Colbert notably had a dueling interview with documentarian Oliver Stone in which he called Putin “an oppressive leader of his country who suppresses the free press and arrests his enemies.”

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