April 27, 2007
The NEW YORK TIMES declared that when Jon Stewart took over as anchor of Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW, he "breathed new life into a show that hadn't even seemed to need it." In 2003, Stewart said of his role hosting the show, "Liberal and conservative have lost their meaning in America. I represent the distracted center." As declared on the show's site, "THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART is the most important television show ever, with the most important guests, hosts, and news - current event news, pop culture news, sports news, entertainment news - of all time."
For the past eight years, Stewart and "The Daily Show" have received 18 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. Jon himself was nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program in 2002, 2003, 2005 and again last year in 2006.
In 2004, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was also honored by the Television Critics Association by winning for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information, beating out traditional news shows in the category. In 2003 and 2005, Jon won for Individual Achievement in Comedy and the show won in 2003 for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. In 2001, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" also received the prestigious Peabody Award for its "Indecision 2000" campaign coverage and again in 2005 for "Indecision 2004."
Stewart is the author of NAKED PICTURES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE (written with the writers at "The Daily Show), and AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY INACTION. Prior to taking over THE DAILY SHOW, Stewart appeared on THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW as himself, and also served as a creative consultant on the series. On the feature film front, Stewart starred with Adam Sandler in BIG DADDY in 1999. He also starred in the romantic drama PLAYING BY HEART opposite Gillian Anderson, the horror-comedy THE FACULTY and the Danny De Vito-directed Warner Brothers Comedy DEATH TO SMOOCHY starring Edward Norton, Robin Williams, De Vito and Catherine Keener.
Published April 27, 2007
Photo of Jon Stewart by Robin Holland