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Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015. Stewart now hosts The Problem with Jon Stewart, which premiered September 2021 on Apple TV...

In 1986, he moved back to New York where he tentatively made his first efforts at stand-up comedy. His first gig was at the club – ‘The Bitter End’. It was at this time he switched his name to Stewart as he felt it was easier to pronounce. It also was due to a part estrangement with his father.

Despite a nervous beginning, Stewart developed a good reputation and was given prime-time gigs at the Comedy Cellar, and this helped land him his first writing jobs for TV – ‘Caroline’s Comedy Hours’ and a short part on MTV’s ‘You Wrote it, You Watch it’.

In 1993, Stewart received his first big break, appearing on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. Although he was close to getting Letterman’s job, he just missed out. Stewart went back to MTV where he developed his first talk show – ‘The Jon Stewart Show’ – this became one of MTV’s most popular shows.

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November 28, 1962
Jon Stewart was born in New York City.

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