This biography profiles Jon Stewart, television's most incisive deliverer of the fake news. As the host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, he has attracted a vast audience that sees him as one of the few credible sources of cultural critique TV.
As comfortable and adept at interviewing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, U.S. President Barack Obama, activist Al Sharpton, or political commentator Bill O'Reilly as he is chatting with Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, or Denis Leary, Jon Stewart has emerged as one of the hottest television personalities and most powerful media icons of the 21st century. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, currently Comedy Central's longest running show, has launched the successful careers of Stephen Colbert (host of The Colbert Report) and Steve Carell (star of The 40 Year Old Virgin and the popular television series The Office), and an appearance on Stewart's half-hour segment is coveted by both political figures and Hollywood celebrities as one of the most important places to be seen.
Well-read, impossibly well-versed in current events, charismatic, and self-deprecating, Stewart has successfully garnered a broad-based following of viewers, from teens to senior citizens. Ideal for students and general readers alike, this biography profiles the always controversial, always prepared Stewart, including his early life, his first break in comedy, and his meteoric rise to joining an elite group of well-known and often-quoted media personalities.
About the Author
Michael Blitz is professor of English and chair of interdisciplinary studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is coauthor of Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Biography and Johnny Depp: A Biography.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Timeline: Events in the Life of Jon Stewart xvii
Chapter 1 The (Hairy) Backstory 1
Chapter 2 Before Jon Stewart Was Jon Stewart 13
Chapter 3 "Leibo" 25
Chapter 4 The Bitter End and a New Beginning 37
Chapter 5 A Show of His Own-Part I 49
Chapter 6 A Show of His Own-Part II 59
Chapter 7 A Show of His Own-Part III 67
Chapter 8 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 85
Chapter 9 Exceeding His Own Track Record 103
Chapter 10 Kill or Be Killed 121
Chapter 11 Jon, Judaism, and Jewish Humor 135
Chapter 12 A Long Moment of Zen 147
Appendix: My Guest Tonight… 157
Further Reading 197