Jon Stewart was the host of The Daily Host Central aired on Comedy Central. He was also a producer, writer, director, actor, and a media critic. He also hosted other shows like Short Attention Span Theater, The Jon Stewart Show, and You Wrote It, You Watch It. Some of the books that he wrote were America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction; and Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race.
STEWART’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Stewart was a native of New York City and the son of Marian and Donald Leibowitz who were both professionals in the field of education. He had three brothers named Lawrence, Dan, and Matthew. Since his parents got divorced, Stewart lost some sort of communication with his father. This eventually caused him to drop his original surname and his mother’s.
Stewart went to Lawrence High School where he claimed to have been bullied as a student. In 1984, he took up chemistry at the College of William and Mary before shifting to psychology. While studying, Steward took up a number of jobs like being a contingency planner, a contract administrator, a puppeteer, soccer coach, caterer, busboy, shelf stocker, and bartender.
After going on a blind date with her, Stewart became steady with Tracey Lynn McShane before marrying her in 2000. A year after their wedding, Stewart and her wife adapted their current surnames.
Stewart started working as a stand-up comedian at The Bitter End and eventually became a regular at the Comedy Cellar. A few years later, he became a writer for Caroline’s Comedy Hour. Starting 1992, he became Patty Rosborough’s co-host in Short Attention Span Theater and a year after, the host of You Wrote It, You Watch It.
The Jon Stewart was very successful as soon as it started airing. It was followed by a short hosting stint on “Where’s Elvis This Week?”, a show focused on discussing news and cultural issues.
In 1999, Stewart was slated to become the host of The Daily Show which earned a number of Primetime Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards afterwards. He also won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the audio book edition of America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.
In The Daily Show, Stewart interviewed some politicians like Stephen Colbert while he freely expressed his opinions regarding some like Harry S. Truman whom he thought to have become a war criminal when he decided to drop the atomic bomb on Japan in the middle of World War II.
Stewart had also been noted for bringing the attention of the people on issues like the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Hilary Clinton’s views about the Middle East.
In August 6, 2015, the final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart aired.
Aside from hosting, Stewart also wrote a number of books including Naked Pictures of Famous People and lent his voice to some audiobooks like Assassination Vacation and I Am America (And So Can You!). He was also seen in some films such as Playing by Heart, Wishful Thinking, and the animated film Doogal.