Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart


11/28/1962, New York, New York

Birth Name

Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz



Also Known As

Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
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Best known for his work on The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz) has had a long career in comedy. Jon has won many awards, including Emmys, and is recognized for his comedic talents.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jon bombed his first stand-up routine at the Bitter End club in New York in April 1986. He had four minutes ready to perform, but only got through two. Even after the disappointment, Jon still wanted to be a comic.

    • Jon's favorite sports teams are the New York Knicks and the New York Mets.

    • Before he became a comic, Jon worked at and was fired from many jobs. He even claims he was fired from six stores in one mall. One of his firings was from being a shelf stocker at Woolworth's for diving into a beanbag, which hit some aquariums. He was fired by the Assistant Manager, who happened to be his brother Larry.

    • Jon has three pets. He has a cat named Stan, and two pitbulls named Shamsky and Monkey.

    • Jon has been nominated for 20 Emmys. He has been nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for The Daily Show from 2001-2008, winning from 2003-2008. He was also nominated in this category for The Colbert Report in 2006 and 2007. He has been nominated for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program for The Daily Show from 2001-2007, winning in 2001, 2003-2006. He was nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for The Daily Show in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

    • In 2008, Jon was nominated for Emmys for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for The Academy Awards, Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program for The Daily Show, Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series for both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

    • Jon was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Hooray for Gray!" section of the special.

    • Jon Stewart's father was a physicist and left the family when he was ten and is not in contact with him, he sometimes implies that it is why he changed his name.

    • Jon Stewart is Jewish.

    • Jon's parents are Marian Leibowitz and Donald Leibowitz. His father is a physicist and his mother is an educational consultant. He has a brother named Larry Leibowitz.

    • Jon hosted Saturday Night Live on March 9th, 2002.

    • Jon was one of the writers of America: The Book. He also wrote the book Naked Pictures of Famous People in 1998, in which he wrote short numerous essays. Of all his work, Jon says he is the most proud of his first book.

    • Jon was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity in college, but quit after six months. He quit because he did not like the hazing methods.

    • Jon majored in psychology in college. He graduated with a psychology degree in 1984. He originally majored in chemistry, but switched after two years.

    • Jon was raised in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

    • Jon's current contract with the Daily Show lasted until 2008.

    • On July 2, 2004, Jon's wife Tracy gave birth to their first child, Nathan Thomas Stewart. Jon and his wife Tracy welcomed their second child, a daughter, Maggie Rose Stewart, was born on February 4, 2006.

    • Jon Stewart's wife Tracey is a veterinary tech.

    • Jon Stewart graduated from Lawrence High School in 1980. He graduated third in his class.

    • Jon and his wife legally changed their last names to Stewart after they got married.

    • The College of William and Mary soccer team gives out an award called the Liebo. It is given to the team clown or sweetheart.

    • Jon played soccer during college. After his playing days at William and Mary were over, he had to have surgery to repair his knee and a hernia that he suffered while playing.

    • In 1999, Jon was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People In The World.

    • Jon is married to Tracey McShane. He proposed to her by having a personalized crossword puzzle made for her. In it, he asked her to marry him. It's unclear when the two were married. In April 2002, Jon mentioned on an episode that he had been married almost 18 months.

    • Jon Stewart graduated from the College of William And Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

    • Jon was voted the 2nd funniest person in America by Entertainment Weekly.

    • When asked why he dropped Leibowitz, his original last name, Jon said that it sounded too Hollywood.

    • Jon decided to quit smoking on Dec. 28, 2000, after being encouraged by the CGL Foundation. He now keeps a gumball machine at his desk so he can chew gum instead of smoke a cigarette.

    • His height is 5' 7" (1.70 m).

    • His nickname is Lefty.

    • He made his breakthrough on The Larry Sanders Show (1992), before moving on to other roles.

  • Quotes

    • Jon Stewart: (on hypocrasy in Washington) How can Washington criticize Hollywood when they use Hollywood principles to design campaigns? There are no leaders anymore, only studio executives. Our country's chief executive runs focus groups every four years and tries to make sure his movie opens bigger than the other guy's.

    • Jon Stewart: (On his fantasy guest for The Daily Show) I'd like to see some political guests. Somebody like George Stephanopoulos. And hopefully he's enough of a media whore that we can get him on.

    • Jon Stewart: (On The Daily Show) If you're going to give people 20 minutes of news satire, you've also got to give them Tiffani-Amber Thiessen or you're going to have rioting in the streets.

    • Jon Stewart: You just have to keep trying to do good work, and hope that it leads to more good work. I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. Yes, I want to look back and know that I was terrible at a variety of things.

    • Jon Stewart: (While on Crossfire) I just came on here to say... stop it. Stop hurting America.

    • Jon Stewart: There is no such thing as an impartial jury because there are no impartial people. There are people that argue on the web for hours about who their favorite character on Friends is.

    • Jon Stewart: The night I turned twenty-two, I drank a shot for every year. I was so drunk, I'd just walk up to people in the bar and hit them in the balls. My friends drove me home and left me propped up on the couch holding a bucket. I woke up with vomit all over me. The bucket was clean as a whistle.

    • Jon Stewart: Originally we were going to title it "The Daily Show With Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Off," but it was too long.

    • Jon Stewart: I'm too short to host a late-night talk show. It's like the bar at an amusement-park ride. You have to be six foot two or over.

    • Jon Stewart: I feel your scorn and I accept it.

    • Jon Stewart: I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.

    • Jon Stewart: I can be in 20 movies. But I'll never be an actor.

    • Jon Stewart: If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American - our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that.

  • Interesting Fact

    Jon Stewart knew how to address comedy in a political sphere rather easily. More importantly, he understood how to make the show fun, interesting, and those around him want to come to work and vice versa. He is a social comedic genius that understood that people needed to be stood up for while others needed to be chastized.

    One thing I never realized though until I started researching was that Daily Show Jon Stewart was a chemistry major in college before he changed over into psychology for some time.moreless
  • Great.

    Funny. Good actor.