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Biography of Jon Stewart

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This book is part of Hyperink's best little books series. Our best little books are 3,500-5,000 words of fast, entertaining information on a highly demanded topic. Based on reader feedback (including yours!), we may expand this book in the future. If we do so, we'll send a free copy to all previous buyers.


Jon Stewart has one primary responsibility in his line of work: to make people laugh. In the process of making fun of politicians, celebrities, media outlets, and others in the news, he has become the go-to news source for the 18 to 34 demographic in the United States.

Stewart, born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, is certainly not the first person on late night television to make a name for himself at the expense of others. However, he is almost certainly the first late-night comedian to become such an important source for news and current events, not just for the politically apathetic, but for the politically involved.

Stewart had a fairly typical if unremarkable beginning to his career by spending some time in the comedy club circuit in New York City after college. Following that, he landed himself a couple of MTV shows in the early 1990s, most notably The Jon Stewart Show.


It would be a stretch to say that Stewart is better at educating his viewers about current events than other television hosts. The more likely explanation is that those who are already in the know about politics and current events are drawn to Jon Stewarts take on whats going on around them. Stewart makes sure The Daily Show stays honest in its criticisms and mockeries of public figures, but most of all, that it stays funny.

Of course, this means that Stewart risks losing relationships with political leaders who disagree with Stewarts version of funny. For example, Senator John McCain was a longtime friend of The Daily Show, holding the record for most appearances on the show with 13 before Brian Williams passed him in early 2011. However, McCain last appeared on the show in 2008 (while he was the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee) and hasnt been back since. No doubt Stewarts constant needling of McCain, particularly as it related to McCains shifting positions on whether to end the U.S. military policy of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, served as one of the reasons McCain hasnt been on the show in nearly four years. Despite McCain being a frequent and enjoyable guest on The Daily Show, Stewart felt it was more important to bring to light the hypocrisies in McCains viewpoints rather than let his confusing positions fall into obscurity.

While Stewart is not known for his interviewing skills, he has still been able to put together an amazingly impressive list of guests on The Daily Show. This list includes three current or former U.S. Presidents, four current or former First Wives, and seven current or former Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Kings of other countries. Stewarts interviewing style, while not necessarily on par with the best journalists of the day, is disarming; Stewart has a nervous demeanor that often seems to put the guest at ease. Furthermore, the banter between Stewart and the guests rarely feels scripted, while other late-night talk show hosts often seem to be looking into a teleprompter when talking freely with their guests.

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Biography on Jon Stewart
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+ Background and Upbringing
+ Major Accomplishments and Awards
+ Recent News
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014271363
  • Publisher: Hyperink
  • Publication date: 2/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,307,237
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jeff Shand-Lubbers specializes in absolutely nothing yet still enjoys writing about a variety of topics, including current events, politics, baseball, survey research, technology issues, and anything else he finds even remotely interesting. After growing up in the Midwest he has spent the last few years moving from the east coast to the west coast before again finally settling on the east coast. His free time is spent waiting for the Detroit Tigers to finally win the World Series and keeping up with the endless energy of his 2 year old son.
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