Craig Lawrence Kilborn, an American comedian, sports and political pundit, actor, and television host, was born on August 24, 1962. Kilborn started working in sports broadcasting in the late 1980s, and from 1993 to 1996 he served as an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Later, from 1996 to 1998, he served as the show’s inaugural host. From 1999 to 2004, he succeeded Tom Snyder on CBS’ The Late Late Show. After a six-year hiatus from television, he returned in 2010 with The Kilborn File, which ran on some Fox stations for a six-week trial period. Kilborn is renowned for his sardonic delivery in comedy.
Craig Kilborn’s Net Worth
An American actor and talk show host with a $7 million fortune is Craig Kilborn. Perhaps Craig Kilborn’s most well-known accomplishment is serving as The Daily Show’s first host before John Stewart.
Craig Kilborn has established himself as a distinctive late-night host and sports anchor thanks to his incisive wit, outstanding demeanor, and keen but affable commenting style.
The son of Shirley, a teacher, and Hiram Kilborn, an insurance executive, Craig Kilborn was born in Kansas City. He and his family relocated to Hastings, Minnesota, when he was four years old, where he was raised.
Kilborn stood out on the playground basketball court as he grew older since he was taller than his contemporaries from a young age and eventually reached a height of 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m).
The Northside Magicians, an all-star basketball team in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sought out Kilborn in his ninth grade. He achieved success with the Magicians and the basketball team at Hastings High School, winning three letters and numerous all-conference and all-state accolades.
Kilborn accepted a scholarship to play for Montana State University after graduating from high school. There, he earned dual bachelor’s degrees in media and theater arts in 1985. He has jokingly claimed to have “led the Big Sky Conference in turnovers” and to have bench pressed 240 lb (110 kg) during workouts.
In 1986 and 1987, Kilborn made his radio debut as the play-by-play announcer for the CBA Savannah Spirits. Later, he started working as the sports anchor for KCBA, a Monterey County Fox affiliate, in Salinas, California.
Covering the Gilroy Garlic Festival and playing bocce with the locals close to Cannery Row were a couple of his early on-air assignments. Living close by at Carmel-by-the-Sea, Kilborn.
Kilborn worked in a few short jobs before joining ESPN SportsCenter from 1993 until 1996. He was primarily the host of SportsCenter’s late-night broadcast, which he called “The Feel Good Edition.”
The phrases “Release, Rotation, Splash,” “Jumanji,” and “Oh, Precious” were only a few of his many catchphrases. On August 8, 2004, he returned to SportsCenter as Dan Patrick and he co-hosted the program as part of ESPN’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.
The Daily Show
Kilborn took over as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in 1996. The Daily Show won TV Guide’s title of “Best Late Night Comedy” for the three years he was host. Kilborn was also a candidate for the Outstanding Entertainment Host CableACE Award. At The Daily Show, Kilborn developed a number of recurring segments, such as “5 Questions,” “Moment for Us,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and “Your Moment of Zen” (later hosts would continue to use the latter feature).
Kilborn made fun of Daily Show head writer Lizz Winstead in a 1997 interview with Esquire, saying, “To be honest, Lizz does think me quite beautiful. She would bl— me if I asked her to. Kilborn issued a public apology and clarified that the comments were “said in fun,” yet he was nonetheless punished for a week.
The Late Late Show, which ran after Late Show with David Letterman, was created in 1998 by David Letterman’s production firm, Worldwide Pants, in collaboration with CBS. Tom Snyder was replaced by Kilborn as host. On December 17, 1998, his final Daily Show program aired, capping a 386-episode run. Kilborn gave way to Jon Stewart as The Daily Show’s anchor on January 11, 1999.
Kilborn appeared as “Host Emeritus” on August 6, 2015, Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show broadcast. Since stepping down as host, he made his first appearance on the program.
Kilborn discussed his time on The Daily Show in a 2020 interview with The Athletic. He said he “had a joy” working on the program and that he was “living in New York City, hosting a comedy show, and sipping martinis at the prestigious 21 Club.”
He added that he “would never do one – I have no interest” and that he “wasn’t hired at Comedy Central to do a politics-heavy program.” Kilborn gave The Daily Show credit for helping him land his ideal position as the host of a classic late-night program.
He added, “We inherited each other because The Daily Show was simply set up in a different way—they didn’t recruit the host first. Fortunately, most of the individuals were supportive and a good fit. Even though I loved it, I was never a long-term participant. Since it wasn’t my show, I preferred a standard hour format for networks over a half-hour news spoof.