Jon Stewart

Birth Name: 
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
Best Known For: 

"The Daily Show" on Comedy Central

Short Bio: 

Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City into a well-educated middle class Jewish family. He grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where he attended Lawrence High School, then later graduated from The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he played on the soccer team and initially majored in chemistry before switching to psychology. After college, Stewart held numerous jobs: a contingency planner for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, a contract administrator for the City University of New York, a puppeteer for children with disabilities, a soccer coach at Gloucester High School in Virginia, a caterer, a busboy, a shelf stocker at Woolworth's, a bartender at the Franklin Corner Tavern (a local blue-collar bar), and a bartender at the legendary City Gardens in Trenton, NJ.

Stewart returned to New York City in 1986 to try his hand at the comedy club circuit, and in 1987 made his stand-up debut at The Bitter End, where his comedic idol, Woody Allen, also began. That's also when he began using the stage name "Jon Stewart." Stewart became a regular at the Comedy Cellar, where he was the last performer every night. For two years, he would perform at 2 a.m. while developing his comedic style. In 1989, Stewart landed his first television job as a writer for "Caroline's Comedy Hour." In 1991 he began co-hosting Comedy Central's "Short Attention Span Theater" with Patty Rosborough. In 1992 he 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. When David Letterman left NBC in 1993, Stewart was a finalist to replace him, but Conan O'Brien was hired instead. Later in 1993, Stewart developed "The Jon Stewart Show", a talk show on MTV. It 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."

In 1999, Stewart began hosting "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central when Craig Kilborn left to replace Tom Snyder on "The Late Late Show." The show, which has been popular and successful in cable television since Stewart became the host (ratings increased by 400% in 1999), blends humor with the day's top news stories, usually in politics, while simultaneously poking fun at politicians and many newsmakers as well as the news media itself. Stewart has won a total of nineteen Emmys for The Daily Show as either a writer or producer. In 2005 The Daily Show and Jon Stewart received a "Best Comedy Album Grammy Award" for the audio book edition of "America (The Book)." 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.

Twitter: 
@TheDailyShow
Contact:Mailing: 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
733 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

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Debrah's picture
Submitted by Debrah (not verified) on

Dear Mr. Jon Stewart,

I remember watching your show since I was 15 in 2005. I was a high school journalism student, who two years later joined the Army Reserve as a military journalist. I watched you criticize the Iraq War, the Afhgani War, and the leaders of this country for several years. I loved every minute of it.

As a student of journalism, I have always been told that our job is to be objective. To seek the truth, and tell it in the best way possible. As a journalist we are to show the flaws in our system and criticize it with a vengeance. Not because we don't love it. But because we love it so much we want it to be the best possible version of it that it can be. You may not have intended to become a journalist, but in the end you have become my goofy Walter Cronkite.

Vietnam had him. Very sober and objective. In my mind, with these wars, you are that to me. Uncle Jon in a way. You have been blessed to be a comedian and an accidental journalist (hopefully this does not cause offense.) Mr. Stewart, in a way you have become a more reliable source of news and honesty than even the most iconic names in the news business.

I cannot begin to describe how much I will miss watching your show when I have my morning coffee. Or the cleverness of you and your staff's ability to point out the obvious and most irritating paradoxes of what is said. I doubt you'll ever read this. I imagine you're quite a busy man. Please know that as a veteran, and a journalist, your contributions to the field of journalism and humorous thoughts are not forgotten.

"And that's the way it is."

Thank you Mr. Stewart.

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Submitted by Cyd Silver (not verified) on

Just a year ago I was thinking- what would I do if I didn't have Jon Stuart to help me laugh and cry? I only knew about you because of an interview on Fresh Air where I learned that 20% of people got their news exclusively from the Daily Show- WOW. After watching I understood why. Thank you so much for being there for us when the "news" media wasn't. Will miss you forever and ever!!

Love, Cyd

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Submitted by candace pruitt (not verified) on

First, I want to thank you for your years on the Daily Show which many times saved my sanity by your talent and humor.

Most of all, I want to thank you for creating an animal sanctuary for those animals who are victims of the worst form of abuse and cruelty as those on the farm factories.

I have recently become vegetarian and am working towards becoming vegan; I am finding that part difficult since eggs were the chief source of protein in my diet. I lost my elderly father last year and want to list as beneficiaries to his estte those organizations like yours and the woodstock sanctuary in NY who provide safe homes and a chance at a better life to these tortured animals.

Thank you for your compassion and for working tirelessly to extend benefits to the first responders of 9/11. I loved you s a comedian, but your dedication to these causes illustrates a truly compassionate
and great man

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Submitted by Christopher Gerald (not verified) on

I don't have a lot to say except for the past eight years this country has gotten worse and people like you who treat Obama like a royal celebrity. True he is the president, you and a lot of other actors who's movies I used to watch don't know ANYTHING about the people in this country who need and have needed help the most. YOU! make me want to vomit. You are nothing but a suck up. If clinton wins the election, you will get exactly what you deserve!!

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Submitted by StacyEThompson (not verified) on

Don't know why I went on YouTube to view your impactful videos, but I did...saw the rant on the Colbert Show (which was frickin' epic) -- then pulled up my favorite moment of all time in live television--the post-9/11 monologue (epic for the time, the nature and the speaker)--thank you, for echoing what so many of us felt then and now--the former, beyond comically, the latter beyond heartfelt--both speaking the truth and giving voice to many of Americans who feel too often voiceless--appreciate all you have done both then and now--wish you only the best in your choice for path in life and thank you not only for the laughs, but for the insight and thoughts as well!

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Submitted by Daniel R (not verified) on

You made the world a wiser place and brought laughter where there was none. You shown us how to argue with mad people become with becoming a steaming pile of shit. I remember being a soldier wondering if somehow I was really a mercenary. I still don't know the answer, but the Daily Show gave me a sense of worth strong enough to fight the urge of seppuku. In a way you being you saved my life and for that I am truly grateful!

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Submitted by connie melvin (not verified) on

Jon, when DJT was elected and we were all horrified, you said on Stephen Colbert's show "The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama” . But Jon I think seeing the KKK and other bigoted groups/activities happening around the country since DJT took office, that while we may be the same America, the lights have dimmed and the cockroaches have come out of hiding. Meanwhile, this 64 yr old will march again for the environment, a woman's right to choose, & gun control. As I wrote on my sign this past weekend "In their haste to tear down Obama's house, the Republican's have allowed Trump to burn down the neighborhood.".

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Submitted by Alex (not verified) on

First off, I am not patient enough to do what you do. Second, I like to think that I am clever person. Therapists always told me that.
Third, has the republican party has evolved or is Brett a giant welcome sign for rapist who used to feel bad about technique now knowit is all good?

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Submitted by Ed Tietjen (not verified) on

Thank you for bringing attention to the plight of the brave first responders. All Americans should contact their representatives and demand action.

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Submitted by Dan Sweet (not verified) on

As a disabled Vietnam veteran and the restoration manager for Con Edison at ground zero , I wanted to personally thank you for your support. I am a cancer victim and going through the approval process right now. Funny. I dont shree eith you politically but in the Smerican tradition I applaud you and your efforts for the victims. I retired on 9/11/2001 but pulled it back the same day because my country needed me. It was sad but also great to work hand in hand with every race, religion and nationality and know that no force was greater than the unity we represented. Thank you again.

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Submitted by Joseph Hanratty (not verified) on

I am a Conservative Republican Trump supporter. I do not watch your show. However I am so grateful and thankful for your testimony yesterday before Congress regarding the survivors fund. Your great American even though I don't agree with anything else you believe in except for maybe I don't know Ruth's Chris makes a good steak. Thank you so much for your compelling testimony. I have no doubt that a guaranteed the ultimate passage of that legislation.

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Submitted by Jim (not verified) on

Jon, I commend you for your efforts to support the 9/11 first responder compensation fund. This a noble cause and needs to be funded. Thank You! Now as a follow up, I want you to sit back and reflect about the time you spent in front of a Congressional committee and ask yourself the question. Do we need to drain the swamp that DJT spoke of? Our elected officials are out of touch with taking care of American Citizens, period! Fund medical care for illegals at the border, in California, but not our first responders, our leadership is pathetic!

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Submitted by Nicole Coronado (not verified) on

I wish Mr Stewart was as vocal and outspoken about veterans benefits. As a female veteran who suffers from ptsd due to being raped in the military and then being told I was unfit after reporting it. There are no outpatient ptsd/mst groups for women’s only and only a couple inpatient. Veterans benefits are worse then Medicaid. Only ketamine helps my severe depression that is treatment resistant and it is not available. The va pharmacy contains limited medications and pharmaceutical companies won’t assist because we are covered by the va. I was recently hospitalized for severe and complex ptsd, major severe depression and multiple suicide attempts with 18 men suffering from combat ptsd. I was the only woman and some of these vets were aggressive causing me to beg my congressman, doctor, etc to transfer me. Instead I acted out because some of these men touched me, made sexually suggestive comments and I was determined to be manipulative. I even stopped eating because I could not handle being locked up with all men. There are many veterans suffering. Why when we are willing to die for our country get treated so poorly and forgotten? Congress has 2 retirement plans and the best health coverage. Please help other veterans because I cannot take living like this anymore.

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Submitted by Petra Seyffarth (not verified) on

Congratulations, Mr. Stewart, on your advocacy work on behalf of the 9/11 first responders. I know it's long been one of your pet issues, and you finally got somewhere.

There's that old saying - "With great power comes great responsibility." Well, you used your power very well. I hope you continue to use your power to support more great causes.

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Submitted by Janis (not verified) on

Jon,
Thank you so much for standing up for the 9/11 first responders. We need more American Patriots like you!

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Submitted by Cindy (not verified) on

Since we the US Citizens now own the Manaford condo in Trump tower, why not push to have an affected responder have this be their new home or have any funds resulting from the rent or sale of the dwelling go to the 911 responders
Thanks for your continued support to these heroes and their families.

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