Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz or simply, Jon Stewart is a famous American stand-up comedian, media critic, actor, television host, writer and a political satirist. His show, The Daily Show, is a satirical commentary on American society, media and politics, among others. The show airs on Comedy Central and has won numerous awards, namely, two Peabody Awards, multiple Emmy Awards and a National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) George Orwell Award, amongst many more. Stewart has also won a Grammy for America (The Audiobook): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, a comedy album. He has been named “Entertainer of the Year”, by Entertainment Weekly. He has also been amongst 100 most influential people of the year, by Time Magazine.
Jon Stewart is a Jew, who was born and raised in New York City. Both of his parents held distinguished jobs with his mother being a teacher and his father physics professor at a college. Stewart himself is from the College of William & Mary, from where he graduated with a degree in psychology. While at college he had had the reputation of being a funny man, but a career in showbiz did not come easy to him. Preceding his present day star status, Stewart had held jobs like bartending, shelf stocker at Woolworth’s, busboy, caterer, puppeteer for disabled children, an employee of City University of New York and a job with New Jersey state government.
However, after holding several jobs he moved to NYC in 1986 and started working at the City’s comedy clubs. He made his debut as a stand-up comedian at The Bitter End. It was the same club where Woody Allen had started his career from. For two years he performed regularly at the Comedy Cellar, before he was hired as a writer for a television show, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, in 1989. His career started to roll as his true potential got exposed with a period of time. In 1991, he became a co-host of a show, Short Attention Span Theatre. It was however in 1993, when Stewart got his biggest break.
The Jon Stewart Show, a talk show was hosted by MTV in 1993. It was such a hit that it came second to another of MTV’s very famous, Beavis and Butt-head. However, the show had to end for various reasons but not before Jon Stewart had earned the legendary David Letterman as one of his fans. In 1999, Stewart started his present show, The Daily Show. The show makes fun of politicians, newsmakers of the day and media. Stewart, the host, mixes daily news with humor. As mentioned above, the show has won multiple awards.
The multitalented Jon Stewart is a writer as well. His first book was Naked Pictures of Famous People. It was a collection of humorous essays and short stories. It made it to The New York Times Best Seller List. Next came, America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, in 2004. It was a humor filled commentary of the unique American system of governance, wherein “one man, one vote” concept was satirized. It sold millions of copies and became one of the top fifteen best-selling books of the year. He has written several other books and has won accolades.
Jon Stewart has also tried acting and has been recognized for his roles in movies like Wishful Thinking and Playing by Heart. Furthermore, he has appeared in The Faculty, a horror movie and Since You’ve Been Gone, a romantic comedy. He has had the honor of acting alongside Adam Sandler in Big Daddy. He has been a guest star in sitcoms like The Simpsons, American Dad, NewsRadio, Spin City, Professional Therapist, Dr. Katz and The Nanny.
Funny man Jon Stewart has also hosted famous award shows like the Grammy Awards, twice. He was also the host of prestigious, Academy Awards, which he hosted in 2006. He did such a good job at it that Roger Ebert, a critic, compared him with the late Johnny Carson. While Carson may not be around anymore, but Stewart certainly is and what’s more, he’s having a heck of a time wearing multiple hats of an actor, commentator, writer, producer, a stand-up comedian and most famously, a talk show host. So buy Jon Stewart Tickets today and have the time of your life!
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