- NAME: Jon Stewart
- OCCUPATION: Comedian, Talk Show Host, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: November 28, 1962 (Age: 51)
- EDUCATION: College of William and Mary
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Originally: Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
- AKA: Jonathan Leibowitz
- AKA: Jon Stewart
- AKA: Jonathan Stewart
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Jon Stewart is the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which dubs itself "the most trusted name in fake news" and has run for nearly 20 seasons.
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Jon Stewart was born in New York City on November 28, 1962, and was raised in New Jersey. By 1989, Stewart was hosting the Comedy Central series Short Attention Span Theater. In 1993, he launched MTV's first talk show, The Jon Stewart Show. Throughout the 1990s, Stewart appeared on several television programs. In 1999, he became anchorman of The Daily Show (later renamed The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), which has run for nearly 20 seasons. Due to the show's success,
"Love what you do. Get good at it. Competence is a rare commodity in this day and age. And let the chips fall where they may."
"One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves."
"Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch."
"I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance."
"The internet is just the world passing notes around a classroom."
"It's not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the Republicans are playing chess. It's that the Republicans are playing chess and the Democrats are in the nurse's office because, once again, they glued their balls to their thighs."
"If 'con' is the opposite of pro, then isn't Congress the opposite of progress? Or did we just f***ing blow your mind?!"
"If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values, they're hobbies."
"Liberal and Conservative have lost their meaning in America. I represent the distracted center."
"It is perhaps a sign of the strength of our republic that so few people feel the need to participate. There must be a reason for that."
Stewart has become an in-demand host. He is also a film and TV actor, appearing in the comic films Half Baked (1998) and Big Daddy (1999), among a variety of other productions.
Popular television host Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962, in New York City. (He later legally changed his last name to Stewart.) His family later relocated to Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where Stewart spent most of his youth.
In 1984, Stewart graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studied psychology and played on the men's soccer team. After bouncing among a number of jobs, Stewart moved to New York City in 1986 to break into the comedy club circuit. Three years later, he was hosting Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater. In 1993, he launched MTV's first talk show, The Jon Stewart Show.
Throughout the 1990s, Stewart appeared on numerous television programs, including a regular role as himself on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show. Other credits include the HBO comedy special Jon Stewart: Unleavened; guest host of The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder on CBS; and guest host of HBO's Mr. Show with Bob & David.
In January 1999, Stewart took over as anchorman for Comedy Central's The Daily Show (later renamed The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), a popular late-night show that dubs itself "the most trusted name in fake news." With fast-paced dialog and sardonic wit, Stewart, who is also the show's co-executive producer, has become the most outspoken critic of Washington politics and the established news media.
Due to the success of The Daily Show, which has run for nearly 20 seasons, Stewart has become an in-demand host. He has hosted numerous award shows, including the Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2002, and the Academy Awards in 2006 and 2008.
Stewart is also a film and television actor. His film career has been mixed, from the comedy Half Baked (1998) to the box-office bomb Death to Smoochy (2002) with Robin Williams and Edward Norton, to the successful Adam Sandler vehicle Big Daddy (1999). He also had roles in the romantic drama Playing by Heart and the horror-comedy The Faculty, which were both released in 1998. In recent years, Stewart has lent his voice to several animated films, including Doogal (2006).
Also a talented writer, Stewart's work has been published in several magazines, including The New Yorker and Esquire, and he has authored two books.
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