Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart


Jon Stewart is an American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian. He is widely known as host of The Daily Show, a satirical news program that airs on Comedy Central. Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central.… Read More

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1962 Birth Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962, in New York City, to Marian (née Laskin), a teacher and later educational consultant, and Donald Leibowitz (died June 8, 2013), a professor of physics at The College of New Jersey and Thomas Edison State College. … Read More


1984 - 1988 3 More Events
1989 26 Years Old In 1989, Stewart landed his first television job as a writer for Caroline's Comedy Hour.
1991 28 Years Old In 1991, he began co-hosting Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater, with Patty Rosborough.
1992 29 Years Old In 1992, Stewart hosted the short-lived You Wrote It, You Watch It on MTV, which invited viewers to send in their stories to be acted out by the comedy troupe, The State.


1993 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Stewart felt his career did not take off until a March 1993 appearance on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. … Read More
1996 - 1999 3 More Events
2000 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  They married in 2000.
2001 38 Years Old Stewart has hosted the Grammy Awards twice, in 2001 and in 2002, and the 78th Academy Awards, which were held March 5 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. … Read More
In mid-2002, amid rumors that David Letterman was going to switch from CBS to ABC when his contract ran out, Stewart was rumored as Letterman's replacement on CBS. … Read More


In 2005, Stewart and The Daily Show received the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the audio book edition of America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. In 2000 and 2004, the show won two Peabody Awards for its coverage of the presidential elections relevant to those years, called "Indecision 2000" and "Indecision 2004", respectively. The show of September 20, 2001, the first show after the attacks of September 11, 2001, began with no introduction. … Read More
2006 43 Years Old On April 4, 2006, Stewart confronted U.S. Senator John McCain about his decision to appear at Liberty University, an institution founded by Jerry Falwell, whom McCain had previously denounced as one of the "agents of intolerance". … Read More
2007 44 Years Old In 2007, The Daily Show was involved in former correspondent Stephen Colbert's announcement that he would run for president in 2008.
In 2008, Stewart appeared on the news program Democracy Now!
On March 18, 2009, Carlson wrote a blog entry for The Daily Beast criticizing Stewart for his handling of the CNBC controversy (see below). … Read More
In April 2010, Comedy Central renewed Stewart's contract to host The Daily Show into 2013. … Read More
2011 48 Years Old 1 More Event
On the show of January 10, 2011, Stewart began with a monologue about the shootings in Tucson, AZ. … Read More


…  Stewart gave another speech paying tribute to Springsteen in February 2013 as part of the singer's MusiCares Person of the Year award ceremony.
On July 14, 2014, Stewart interviewed Hillary Clinton about the Middle East. … Read More
Stewart announced on February 10, 2015, during a taping of The Daily Show, that he would leave the show before the end of 2015, but assured fans that he was not retiring and suggested that he would continue writing and may return to stand-up comedy or as a part-time correspondent.
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