Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is an American liberal comedian, whose hosting of the Oscars in 2008 set the modern record for its smallest number of viewers at that time: it "drew the worst ratings ... of the modern era. Whoever came because of Stewart was more than offset by those who tuned out."
Jon Stewart has described himself as "more of a socialist or an independent than a Democrat." Roger Ailes mentioned that Stewart told him he is an atheist. He was best known as the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and for his political satire.
Stewart held a "Rally to Restore Sanity" on October 30, 2010, and the following Tuesday voters elected conservatives in an historic landslide.
Stewart was born in the wealthy, nearly entirely all-white town of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where the African American and Hispanic populations combined total less than 10%. He graduated from the expensive, private College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1984, where he studied psychology and played on the men's soccer team.
Stewart lives with his wife Tracey Stewart (née McShane) in New York City. They have two children.
Jon Stewart has co-written, with other writers of The Daily Show, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, which satirizes the American political system, and Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race. Both are crude books full of sophomoric humor such as swearing, vulgarity, tasteless sexual references, and objectionable Photoshopped pictures. Both contain a heavy liberal slant.
Notes and References
- Roger Ailes Says Jon Stewart Told Him He's an Atheist and a Socialist, Newsbusters.org, November 18, 2010
- The Rumble 2012