Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, or Jon Stewart as we know, started his career being a stand-up comedian before bagging television shows. Apart from being a television host, Stewart is also a producer, director, writer, actor and media critic.
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz was born on November 28, 1962, to Marian, a teacher and educational consultant and Donald, a Physics professor, in a Jewish family in New York. Ever since the divorce of his parents, when he was 11 years old, Stewart has been detached from his father, who is now deceased. He grew up in Lawrenceville in New Jersey and went to Lawrence High School where he claimed facing bulliesowing to his Jewish background.
He graduated from The College of William and Mary, Virginia, in 1984. It was the college life when he chose to make radical changes in his life though they came late. He switched to Psychology from Chemistry and gave up his Fraternity.
Jonathan Leibowitz’ career did not come straight either. He had worked as a contingency planner, a contract administrator, a puppeteer, a soccer coach, bartender, caterer and a busboy before returning to New York to become a stand-up comedian at the age of 24. It took him a year to find a major break via The Bitter End and Jon Stewart was born.
Stewart started hosting T.V. shows in 1991, with the Short Attention Span Theater, which he co-hosted with Patty Rosborough on Comedy Central, followed by the 1992 show, You Wrote It, You Watch It. He went for his own talk show, The Jon Stewart Show, in 1993. Stewart also hosted the Academy Awards twice.
He has been the host, co-executive producer and writer of the Comedy Central satirical news show, The Daily Show, since 1999, replacing host Craig Kilborn. He increased the ratings of the Show by 400% in 1999 itself. However, after 16 years of hosting the show and 19 Emmy Awards owing to the Show, he declared he is quitting, thereby forcing the name, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart change back to just, The Daily Show.
Stewart is a writer too. He wrote two books on econometrics before unleashing the comedian in himself. His first book as a satirist or television personality, released in 1998. It was called Naked Pictures of Famous People. It became a best seller as per The New York Times. His 2004 release, America: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, became one of the top fifteen best sellers. Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race, published in 2010, is his last book so far.