Today is May 13th. Which means that at 12:48pm, I will officially cross over to 31 years of age. It used to be a fairly low-key day with birthday cheer spread evenly between us normal folks — and other May 13th celebrity bdays like Dennis Rodman, George Lucas, and Peter Gabriel. And then Stephen Colbert became famous — catapulting onto the scene, declaring his May 13th birthday to the world — and stealing every ounce of joy for himself. Bastard.
This year, however, Colbert has decided to use his birthday for good by signing up with DonorsChoose.org and — in lieu of present — asking people to donate to help schools instead. He writes, “Nation, May 13th is an important day. My birthday. Please help me celebrate by donating to one of the needy classroom projects below. DonorsChoose makes me feel like every day is my birthday. That, and my 364 counterfeit driver’s licenses. You can donate your birthday too. And the great thing is, if you give your birthday away, you don’t age that year. Look it up.”
Check out the video Colbert made below — or hit the jump here to donate. Also, one more thing — we lost a celebrity May 13th birthday club member recently and I wanted to send a shout out. Bea Arthur, we’ll miss you.