- 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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His first effort was Naked Pictures of Famous People (1998), a collection of satirical essays. Written with Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum, his 2004 book, America (the book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, was a best-seller.
In 2013, Stewart announced that he was taking a break from The Daily Show to take on a new challenge. He is planning to work on his directorial debut with the film Rosewater. Stewart also wrote the screenplay,
which is adapted from the 2011 nonfiction work Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.
In an interview with The New York Times, Stewart explained why he took on this dramatic project. "One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves," he said. "And I really connected to Maziar's story. It's a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free."
Along with running the pseudo-news program The Daily Show, Stewart has become a strong political voice among young American voters, with his show consistently ranking as one of the top viewed programs by the 18-34 age demographic. Not one to shy away from heavy topic while still bringing comedy to the table, Stewart has interviewed and debated with several respected political presences, including Rachel Maddow, Bill O'Reilly and Tucker Carlson.
Stewart's commentary has also been shown to leave an impact. After criticizing Tucker's CNN show, Crossfire—stating that the show encouraged separation of political parties, creating division among Americans—the show was canceled, partially due to Stewart's commentary. His debates with O'Reilly have also showcased his political presence on a grander scale, addressing topics such as health care, foreign affairs in Syria and the action of the GOP.
After launching the career of co-worker Stephen Colbert—who branched off from The Daily Show to create the political satire The Colbert Report—the duo teamed up again in October of 2010 for the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear." The rally, which took place at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., closely resembled Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor Rally" which was held only 2 months prior. Stewart and Colbert's joint rally brought in an estimated 215,000 people, surpassing the estimated number of participants at Beck's rally, which arguably had 78,000 to 96,000 people.
After completing his directorial project, Stewart made a triumphant return to hosting The Daily Show in September 2013. He joked with the audience on his first show back, saying "You don't know what it's like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid little thing you do."
Stewart and wife Tracey McShane have been married since 2000. They have a son, Nathan Thomas, and a daughter, Maggie Rose.
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