2016 Great Immigrants Recipient

Samantha Bee
Actress, comedian
Born in:

“I love living here... I love the people. I love my life,” comedian, writer, and producer Samantha Bee recently told Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about becoming an American citizen. “I've invested in this place. My children were born here. I care about what happens here.” Her Emmy-award winning weekly topical show, “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” began airing on TBS in 2016, making Bee the first woman to host a late-night political satire. For 12 years prior the Canadian-born Bee skewered politicians as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Bee says she wanted to become an American citizen because she “felt guilty commenting on the politics here without being an active participant in it.” In 2016, she voted in her first U.S. election after receiving her American citizenship two years earlier. “I was so proud. I took my oldest daughter to show her what civic responsibility looks like.” Bee, who has acted in a number of comedic films, is the author of “I Know I Am, But What Are You?,” a collection of personal essays. Updated 2018