Biography

Having grown up in New Jersey, Stewart moved to New York in his mid-twenties to join the downtown comedy scene. He got his first TV exposure in the early '90s as the host of Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater. After two eponymous short-lived talk shows and a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show as himself, he finally struck big in 1999. At the age of 37, he took over hosting duties on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. The satirical news series earned numerous accolades and developed a cult following, making Stewart a go-to source for witty and engaging commentary on the idiosyncratic goings-on in politics, media, entertainment and current events. As his popularity grew, the famous and the influential flocked to be guests on his show. The 2004 presidential campaign increased the reach of The Daily Show, and people watched not just to be amused but to be informed about the candidates and issues. Once his reputation was cemented, he helped launch the careers of pals like Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as many others. With his career rising upward, he spends his downtime enjoying a peaceful personal life as a doting husband and father.

Fast Facts

  • Played collegiate soccer while at the College of William & Mary; the team gives out an annual Liebo Award in his honor.
  • Big break came when he landed a gig opening for singer Sheena Easton in Las Vegas.
  • Launched Busboy Productions in the mid-1990s.
  • Authored his first book, Naked Pictures of Famous People in 1998.
  • Proposed to his wife with a personalized crossword puzzle designed by Will Shortz (the crossword editor of The New York Times).
  • Was named an Entertainer of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly in 2009.
  • The Daily Show and The Colbert Report (which Stewart produced) each won two Peabody Awards while Stewart was part of them.

Awards

  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Winner
  • 2015, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Matthew Leibowitz — Half Brother
  • Marion Leibowitz — Mother
  • Tracey McShane Stewart — Wife
  • Donald Leibowitz — Father
  • Maggie Rose Stewart — Daughter
  • Larry Leibowitz — Brother
  • Nathan Thomas Stewart — Son
  • Dan Leibowitz — Half Brother

College

  • The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States (BA in Psychology, 1984)

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  • Birth Name: Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
  • Birth Place: New Jersey, United States
  • Birthday: November 28, 1962, Sagittarius
  • Profession: TV talk-show host, Writer, Actor, Producer
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