Jon Stewart

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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: it "drew the worst ratings ... of the modern era. Whoever came because of Stewart was more than offset by those who tuned out."[1]

Stewart appeared in several bad movies, including "Big Daddy," "The Faculty" and the Academy Award nominated "Death To Smoochy." Because his movies almost always do very badly (critically and financially) people say that there is a "Jon Stewart Curse" that he brings to all his movies.

Jon Stewart has described himself as "more of a socialist or an independent than a Democrat."[2] Roger Ailes mentioned that Stewart told him he is an atheist.[3] He is best known as the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and for his political satire.

Early Life

Stewart was born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1984, where he studied psychology and played on the men's soccer team.


Stewart has also appeared in several films including Big Daddy, The Faculty, Half Baked and Death To Smoochy. He was the host of the 2006 and 2008 Academy Awards.


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.

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Notes and References

  3. Roger Ailes Says Jon Stewart Told Him He's an Atheist and a Socialist,, November 18, 2010