Commencement Speaker

Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and understands that, yes, it's very clean there. Having no appreciable skill set or professional aspirations, she turned to acting and found it compatible with her lazy lifestyle. She began her career by doing numerous commercial campaigns, many of which involved humiliating costumes and annoying catchphrases that people still like to remind her about, with a smirk. When Samantha joined the innovative all-female sketch troupe The Atomic Fireballs, her professional life took a turn for the better.

In 2003 she joined the cast of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and now holds the title of Most Senior Correspondent, having systematically eliminated all those before her. In addition to her work on The Daily Show, Bee can be seen opposite her husband, Jason Jones in the film Cooper's Christmas, and in the upcoming feature "Learning To Drive" opposite Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.

Sam had the privilege of performing as one of the original cast members in Nora & Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore, at the Westside Theater, and her first book I Know I Am But What Are You was released in paperback by Simon & Schuster in 2011.

Sam is also a frequent contributor for The Wall Street Journal, and her popular blog "Eating Over The Sink with Samantha Bee and Allana Harkin" can be seen on

When Bee is not working she enjoys photographing her children in foolish outfits and correcting spelling errors on menus.