101 Facts About Jon Stewart

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Jon Stewart was born on Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962 and is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, political commentator, actor, and television host.

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Jon Stewart hosted The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015.

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Jon Stewart started as a stand-up comedian but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central.

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Jon Stewart has appeared in several films, including Big Daddy and Death to Smoochy (2002), but did few cinematic projects after becoming host of The Daily Show in 1999, where he was a writer and co-executive producer.

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Jon Stewart is the co-author of America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, one of the best-selling books in the US in 2004, and Earth: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, released in 2010.

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Jon Stewart continued using his platform as an advocate for veterans by being instrumental in helping pass the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, which expands healthcare access and funding to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service including burn pits.

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Jon Stewart is the second of four sons, with older brother Lawrence, and younger brothers Dan and Matthew.

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Jon Stewart's parents divorced when he was eleven years old, and Jon Stewart was largely estranged from his father.

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Jon Stewart describes himself in high school as "very into Eugene Debs and a bit of a leftist.

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Jon Stewart grew up in the era of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, which inspired in him "a healthy skepticism towards official reports".

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Jon Stewart has credited legendary television producer Norman Lear as someone who "raised me.

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Jon Stewart was a three-year starter in 1981, 1982 and 1983 with the Tribe men's soccer team.

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Jon Stewart made his stand-up debut at The Bitter End, where one of his comedic idols, Woody Allen, began.

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Jon Stewart began using the stage name Jon Stewart by dropping his last name and changing the spelling of his middle name, Stuart, to Stewart.

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Jon Stewart has implied that the name change was due to a strained relationship with his father, with whom Stewart no longer had any contact.

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Jon Stewart became a regular at the Comedy Cellar, where he was the last performer every night.

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Jon Stewart said that his career did not take off until his March 6, 1992, appearance on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman.

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Jon Stewart was considered a finalist to take over the show when Letterman left it, but it was given to relatively unknown Conan O'Brien.

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Jon Stewart co-hosted MTV Spring Break '93 Blind Date from Daytona Beach with Melissa Rivers.

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Later in 1993, Stewart developed The Jon Stewart Show, a talk show on MTV, which was later dropped by the network and was syndicated for its last two years.

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The Jon Stewart Show was the first talk show on that network and was an instant hit, becoming the second-highest rated MTV show, behind Beavis and Butt-Head.

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Jon Stewart then became a frequent guest host for Tom Snyder on The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, which was produced by Letterman and aired after the Late Show on CBS.

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In 1997, Jon Stewart was chosen as the host and interviewer for George Carlin's tenth HBO special, George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy.

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Jon Stewart's style was described by one critic as, "Stewart does not offer us cynicism for its own sake, but as a playful way to offer the kinds of insights that are not permitted in more serious news formats that slavishly cling to official account of events.

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Until Trevor Noah permanently took over the show in 2015, Stewart hosted almost all airings of the program, except for a few occasions when correspondents such as Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Jason Jones, and Steve Carell subbed for him, and during John Oliver's stint as host during the summer of 2013.

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Jon Stewart won twenty Primetime Emmy Awards for The Daily Show as either a writer or producer, and two for producing The Colbert Report, earning a total of twenty-two Primetime Emmy Awards, the most wins for a male individual.

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27.

Jon Stewart said he wished the "ramblings of crazy people didn't in any way resemble how we actually talk to each other on television".

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New York Times opined that Stewart is "the modern-day equivalent of Edward R Murrow" and the UK national newspaper The Independent called him the "satirist-in-chief".

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Writer Wyatt Cenac said that Jon Stewart cursed him out after Cenac acknowledged he was uncomfortable about a June 2011 Daily Show bit about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

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In March 2013, it was announced that Jon Stewart would be taking a 12-week hiatus from The Daily Show to direct the film Rosewater, which is based on the book Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari.

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Jon Stewart responded on his show by pointing out that the meetings were listed in the president's publicly available visitor log and that he has been asked to meet privately by many prominent individuals, including Roger Ailes of Fox News.

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Jon Stewart said Obama encouraged him not to make young Americans cynical about their government and Stewart said that his reply was that he was "skeptically idealistic".

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On June 19, 2015, in the wake of the Charleston Church Shooting, Jon Stewart decided not to write jokes for the opening monologue.

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Elaborating on his decision, Jon Stewart stated, "I honestly have nothing other than just sadness".

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Jon Stewart spoke about the racial disparity and injustices in America, saying "The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina.

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In November 2015, it was announced that Jon Stewart signed a four-year deal with HBO that would include exclusive digital content for HBO NOW, HBO Go, and other platforms.

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HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project.

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In 1998, Jon Stewart released his first book, Naked Pictures of Famous People, a collection of humorous short stories and essays.

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In 2005, Stewart provided the voice of President James A Garfield for the audiobook version of Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation.

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In 2007, Jon Stewart voiced Mort Sinclaire, former TV comedy writer and communist, on Stephen Colbert's audiobook version of I Am America.

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Jon Stewart's first film role was a bit part in the box-office bomb, Mixed Nuts.

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Jon Stewart landed a minor part in The First Wives Club, but his scene was deleted.

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Jon Stewart played romantic leads in the films, Playing by Heart and Wishful Thinking.

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Jon Stewart had a supporting role in the romantic comedy, Since You've Been Gone and in the horror film, The Faculty.

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Jon Stewart maintained a relationship with Miramax founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein and appeared in films they produced including, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Doogal, and the documentary, Wordplay.

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Jon Stewart appeared in Half Baked as an "enhancement smoker" and in Big Daddy as Adam Sandler's roommate; he has joked on the Daily Show and in the documentary The Aristocrats that to get the role, he slept with Sandler.

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Jon Stewart often makes fun of his appearances in the high-profile flop, Death to Smoochy, in which he played a treacherous television executive; and the animated film Doogal, where he played a blue spring named Zeebad who shot a freeze ray from his mustache.

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48.

In 2007, Jon Stewart made a cameo appearance as himself in Evan Almighty, which starred former Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell.

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Jon Stewart had a recurring role in The Larry Sanders Show, playing himself as an occasional substitute and possible successor to late-night talk show host Larry Sanders.

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In 1998, Jon Stewart hosted the television special, Elmopalooza, celebrating 30 years of Sesame Street.

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Jon Stewart has made guest appearances on the children's television series Between the Lions, Sesame Street, Jack's Big Music Show, and Gravity Falls.

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52.

Jon Stewart signed a deal with Miramax to develop projects through his company, but none of his ideas have been produced.

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In July 2017, HBO announced Jon Stewart would produce a stand-up comedy special for the network, his first stand-up special since 1996.

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In March 2010, Jon Stewart announced that he had optioned rights to the story of journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned in Iran for 118 days.

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On June 6, 2011, episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart again hosted Bahari, and in March 2013, he announced that he was leaving the show for 12 weeks to direct the film version of Bahari's 2011 book, Then They Came For Me.

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On directing, Jon Stewart noted on Employee of the Month that The Daily Show influenced his directing process more than his acting gigs did.

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Jon Stewart directed the political satire Irresistible, released in June 2020, which follows a demoralized Democratic strategist, who helps a retired veteran (Chris Cooper) run for mayor in a small, blue collar town in Wisconsin.

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Jon Stewart has hosted the Grammy Awards twice, in 2001 and in 2002, and the 78th Academy Awards, which were held March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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James Poniewozik of TIME said that Jon Stewart was a bad host, but a great "anti-host" in that he poked fun at parts of the broadcast that deserved it, which lent him a degree of authenticity with the non-Hollywood audience.

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Jon Stewart returned to host the 80th Academy Awards on February 24, 2008.

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Jon Stewart is shaping up to be a dependable Oscar host for the post-Billy Crystal years.

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In December 2009, Stewart gave a speech at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honoring Bruce Springsteen, one of that year's Kennedy Center Honors recipients, and of whom Stewart is a fan.

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Jon Stewart gave another speech paying tribute to Springsteen in February 2013 as part of the singer's MusiCares Person of the Year award ceremony.

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Jon Stewart began a comedic feud with WWE wrestler Seth Rollins in March 2015, and appeared on WWE Raw during a Daily Show-styled segment hosted by Rollins.

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Cena then gave Jon Stewart his finishing move, the Attitude Adjustment, to end the segment.

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Jon Stewart returned at SummerSlam on August 21, 2016, as a special guest.

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In 2016, Jon Stewart joined President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, and David Letterman in honoring military families on May 5 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

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Jon Stewart got into a Twitter argument with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, who in multiple tweets stated that Jon Stewart's changing his name indicated that he was a fraud.

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In June 2017, Jon Stewart spoke at the funeral service for Ray Pfeifer, an FDNY firefighter from Hicksville, New York, who died after an eight-year battle with cancer as a result of service as a first responder at the September 11 attacks.

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Jon Stewart stated that the show engaged in partisan hackery instead of honest debate, and said that the hosts' assertion that Crossfire is a debate show is like "saying pro wrestling is a show about athletic competition".

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Carlson responded by saying that Jon Stewart criticizes news organizations for not holding public officials accountable, but when he interviewed John Kerry, Jon Stewart asked a series of "softball" questions.

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Jon Stewart responded that he didn't realize "the news organizations look to Comedy Central for their cues on integrity".

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Jon Stewart discussed the incident on The Daily Show the following Monday:.

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Carlson discussed the CNN incident and claimed that Jon Stewart remained backstage for at least "an hour" and "continued to lecture our staff", something Carlson described as, "one of the weirdest things I have ever seen".

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Jon Stewart again became a viral internet phenomenon following a March 4, 2009, The Daily Show sequence.

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In November 2009, Jon Stewart "called out" Fox News for using some footage from a previous Tea Party rally during a report on a more recent rally, making the latter event appear more highly attended than it was.

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Jon Stewart said that Carlson was dumbing herself down for "an audience who sees intellect as an elitist flaw".

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Jon Stewart stepped up his criticism of Fox News in 2010; within five months, The Daily Show had 24 segments criticizing the Fox News coverage.

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Jon Stewart said Fox viewers are the "most consistently misinformed" viewers of political media.

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In 2014, Stewart engaged in an extended "call-out" of Fox News, based on their coverage of food stamps and U S government assistance, opining that said coverage was biased.

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Jon Stewart responded to this by criticizing Hannity for frequently calling Ted Nugent a "friend and frequent guest" on his program and supporting Nugent's violent rhetoric toward Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2007.

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In late August 2014, Jon Stewart criticized the manner in which Fox News portrayed the events surrounding the shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent protests from citizens.

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Jon Stewart continued to be a vocal advocate, appearing on late night shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and news programs such as Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, and The Fox Report with Shepherd Smith.

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On September 30, 2021, Stewart debuted his Apple TV+ show, The Problem with Jon Stewart by discussing the effects burn pits have had on veterans.

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Jon Stewart became a prominent advocate for the bill in person, on Twitter and on various cable news shows including Fox News' America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer, CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper, MSNBC's Morning Joe, and Newsmax.

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On July 28, 2022, Jon Stewart held a press conference on Capitol Hill where he stated:.

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Jon Stewart was praised for lending his voice, and celebrity to the issue and is credited as being an essential actor in getting the bill passed.

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Jon Stewart stated after the bill's passing, that while it "feels good", it "shouldn't have been this hard".

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Jon Stewart was an important factor in the unionization of the Comedy Central writers.

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Seth MacFarlane wrote an inside joke into an episode of Family Guy about this, causing Jon Stewart to respond with an hour-long call in which he questioned how MacFarlane could consider himself the "moral arbiter" of Hollywood.

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Former Daily Show writer David Feldman accused Jon Stewart of being anti-union at the time and of punishing his writers for their decision to unionize by not using their material.

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Jon Stewart has said his influences include George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, David Letterman, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor.

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Jon Stewart proposed to her through a personalized crossword puzzle created with the help of Will Shortz, the crossword editor at The New York Times.

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Jon Stewart described Bush as having "an integrity about him that I respected greatly".

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Jon Stewart has been a vocal proponent of single-payer health care system.

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Jon Stewart received his third Peabody in 2016 for his tenure at The Daily Show.

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Jon Stewart won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in 2005 for his recording, America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction.

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In 2004, Jon Stewart spoke at the commencement ceremonies at his alma mater, William and Mary, and received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree.

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Jon Stewart was the Class Day keynote speaker at Princeton University in 2004, and the 2008 Sacerdote Great Names speaker at Hamilton College.

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Jon Stewart was presented an Honorary All-America Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2006.

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On October 26, 2010, Jon Stewart was named the Most Influential Man of 2010 by AskMen.

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