Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York on November 28, 1962. Stewart was sent to a yeshiva kindergarten in nearby Trenton, and, afterward joined his brother at the provincial Lawrenceville public school. This changed the family’s economic situation. For example, although his older brother, Larry, had had his bar mitzvah held at an elegant hotel in Somerville, Stewart was held at the provincial Jewish Center in order to conserve costs.
Stewart and his brother attended Lawrence High School. Stewart’s reputation as a funny man followed him in college. He was reportedly famous with female students and dated regularly. Stewart started for the U.S. team which fared well by winning four games before losing to Brazil in the finals. Ultimately, Stewart’s ambitions of being an artist soccer player were ended by a string of injuries, culminated by a severe knee injury.
Stewart describes his college years as “miserable.” He united the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity but later dropped out due to objections to hazing behavior. Stewart graduated from William & Mary in 1984. None of these jobs proved satisfactory to Stewart and so, in 1986, he sold his car and moved to New York City to try his hand at the stand-up humor.
Jon Stewart Early Career
Although he moved to New York City in 1986 in order to pursue a career in the stand-up comedy (humor), it was not until 1987 that Stewart finally landed a gig. Jon Stewart’s first performance was at The Bitter End in the West Village. While being introduced, the emcee mispronounced Stewart’s last name, Leibowitz.
Later, Stewart also admitted that the reason he wanted to change his name was due to his strained relationship with his father. Legend has it that his basic performance did not go well. Stewart only made it halfway through his routine. However, Wendy Wall, the talent booker for the club, could see that Stewart showed promise and invited him back to function again. Stewart went on to become a regular performer at the Comedy (humor) Cellar, a comedy (humor) club in Manhattan. He great performed every night at two in the morning.
Aside from stand-up, Stewart also desires to break into television. In 1989, he landed his first television job as a writer for Caroline’s Comedy (humor) Hour on the A&h Network. In 1991, Stewart began co-hosting brief Attention Span Theater with Patty Rosborough on Comedy ( humor) Central. Stewart went on to host MTV’s You Wrote It, You Watch It.
Jon Stewart Show
After hosting You Wrote It, You Watch It on MTV, Stewart developed The Jo Show. It was M’I’V’s first talk show and was an instant achievement it was the second-highest rated MTV show, behind Beavis and Butt-head Stewart was quickly becoming a star. He said: In general, fans have an especial odd idea about what I do. They think you live this exclusive glamorous, high lifestyle. That you travel in limos, and cruise ships. The Jon Stewart Show featured all best celebrity guests, including Howard Stern, David Letterman, Courtney Cox, Conan O’Brien, and William Shatner.
Letterman agreed to be the show’s final guest and subsequently signed Stewart with his production company, Worldwide Pants. I can’t express how many I admire his accomplishments. It happened so hurriedly, I barely had time to tell the manager at Houlihan’s I was quitting. Stewart became a frequent guest host for Tom Snyder on The Late Late Show, a show made by Letterman that aired on CBS after Late Show.
During this time, Stewart pursued other avenues, such as starring in the 1996 HBO exclusive Jon Stewart: Unleavened as well as guest star appearances in television sitcoms, like Newsradio, Spin City, and The Nanny. He also landed roles in big-screen productions, such as Great Daddy with Adam Sandler.
Jon Stewart Overview
The Daily Show premiered in 1996 and was hosted by Craig Kilborn until December 1998. It was renamed The Daily Show with Jon Stewart when Stewart took over as host in January 1999 at the age of thirty-seven. To date, The Daily Show is the longest-running program on Comedy ( humor) Central and has won a total of sixteen Emmy Awards. Under the leadership of Craig Kilborn, the news stories typically revolved around pop culture, provincial news, and celebrities.
When Kilborn left, in order to replace Tom Snyder as the host on The Late Late Show, and Stewart took over as host, one of his first moves was to focus the show on politics, in which he was excited. Stewart is now not only the host of The Daily Show but a writer and executive producer as well. This shift in the center began with the 2000 presidential election, which Stewart referred to as ‘Indecision 2000. The Daily Show bills itself as “a fake news program,” and Stewart denies that the show has any special political agenda.
In April 2010, Comedy (humor) Central renewed their contract with Stewart, stipulating that he will host The Daily Show until 2013.
Jon Stewart Daily Show
The Daily Show has proved consistently famous among young audiences. Rating research has shown that approximately 80 percent of the show’s regular viewers are between the ages of 18 and 49. Stewart has been criticized for not amply covering world news, but he maintains that his show is a comedic, entertainment show, not a hard-hitting news show. For example, 10 percent of The Daily Show audience tunes in for news headlines, and a whopping 43 percent for entertainment. In contrast, 64 percent of viewers watch CNN obtain news headlines. Stewart has used these statistics when to contend the merit of his show. Although it has been said that The Show is mainly designed to entertain its viewers, it appears that the viewers are learning about all current events.
In 2007, the Pew Research Center found that regular viewers of The Daily Show were more knowledgeable about current world news than people who regularly consumed other news media. Whereas 54 percent of The Daily Show audience had a high degree of knowledge, only 53 percent and 51 percent respectively for viewers of Jim Lehrer and Bill O’Reilly could boast the same. Audiences of these three sources score significantly higher than regular viewers of network morning shows, whose viewers only contain 34 percent possessing a high degree of knowledge. Furthermore, the great Project for Excellence in Journalism has analyzed the content of The Daily Show and has found that the show provides a well-rounded view of all daily news.
The famous of The Daily Show grew exponentially with coverage of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. presidential elections. Ever since Stewart reformulated the show to focus on news and politics, ratings have increased more than threefold, to an average of one million viewers per episode in 2003. This number increased to two million viewers per episode by 2008. To date, the highest number of viewers for just one episode sits at 3.6 million, the number of viewers who tuned in for President Obama’s interview on October 27, 2010.
Jon Stewart Show Format
Originally, each episode of The Daily Show began with announcer Drew Bims stating, “This is the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the most important television program, ever.” This introduction has since been changed to an announcement of the date, and “From Comedy(humor) Central’s World News Headquarters in New York, this is the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Stewart then opens the show with a monologue covering current news stories and important issues. Stewart has hosted almost every episode, with just a handful of exceptions in which correspondents such as Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, and Steve Carell took over as host.
Aside from correspondent segments, Stewart also takes the lead in several recurring segments, such as “Mess 0′ Potamia” which started with the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and focuses on U.S. policies in the Middle East. Another prominent feature of the show is U.S. election coverage termed “InDecision,” a parody of the “Decision” segment on NBC News. The InDecision segments have covered 2000, 2004, 2008 presidential elections, as well as the 2012 one currently underway, and have recorded specials from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, as well as featured live election night specials.