Jon Stewart is considered one of America’s top social and comedic voices. Over the past 16 years, Stewart has redefined political satire in American culture from his perch atop the anchor chair on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” In fact, surveys have shown that the overwhelming majority of men and women under the age of 35 list “The Daily Show” as their primary source of television news.
As host of “The Daily Show,” Stewart has interviewed such political luminaries as President Barack Obama, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain and John Edwards and such celebrity icons as Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and George Clooney.
To date, Stewart and “The Daily Show” have received 50 Emmy Award nominations and won 19. These include winning for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012, as well as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series from 2003 through 2012, making it the show’s 10th consecutive win in this category and the longest streak in Emmy history. Jon, himself, was nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and again in 2008 as host of the 80th Annual Academy Awards, which he also hosted in 2006.
In 2001, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in its “Indecision 2000” campaign coverage and again in 2005 for “Indecision 2004.” The show has also been honored by the Television Critics Association for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information in both 2003 and 2005; winning over traditional news shows in the category.
Stewart recently made his directorial and screenwriting debut with the feature film Rosewater, an adaptation of the Maziar Bahari book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Rosewater tells the true story of Bahari, an Iranian-born journalist living in London who leaves his pregnant wife to cover the 2009 presidential elections in Iran. While reporting on the elections, Bahari is accused of being a spy for the West and detained by the Revolutionary Guard police. He is tortured and interrogated for 118 days and eventually released on bail under the condition that he must spy for the Iranian government. The film is produced by Gigi Pritzker of OddLott Entertainment, Scott Rudin and Stewart and stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Bahari, Kim Bodnia as Rosewater and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Bahari’s mother, Moloojoon. The film is being distributed by Open Road Films and was released on November 14th.
In 2005, Comedy Central reached a first-look deal with Stewart’s Busboy Productions. “The Colbert Report,” hosted by Daily Show alum Stephen Colbert, was the first project developed under this agreement and debuted on Comedy Central on October 17th, 2005. Now in its 9th season, “The Colbert Report” has received 25 Emmy Award nominations and won two Emmys for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in both 2008 and 2010. In both 2007 and 2012 the show was honored with a Peabody Award. Stewart is the co-creator and Executive Producer of the series.
In October 2010, Stewart co-hosted the "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" with Stephen Colbert where an estimated 215,000 people descended on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The event featured musicians and actors including: Sheryl Crow, The Roots and Jeff Tweedy with Mavis Staples, Don Novello (appearing as Father Guido Sarducci) and Sam Waterston as well as 4troops, Yusuf Islam, Ozzy Osbourne, The O'Jays, John Legend, Kid Rock, Tony Bennett, "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and R2-D2.
Stewart has graced the cover of numerous magazines including Newsweek, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, etc. He was also named “Entertainer of the Year” for 2004 by Entertainment Weekly, as well as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 15 Entertainer’s of the Decade (1999-2009),” which included nominees from Television, Film, Music and Theater. Stewart was honored as New York Entertainer of the Year” by Variety and named to the inaugural Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people (Time magazine). In 2001 and again in 2002, Stewart served as host of the Grammy Awards. In addition, Stewart served has host of the 78th and 80th Academy Awards in 2006 and 2008.
Stewart is also a best-selling author – In 2004, Warner Books published AMERICA (THE BOOK): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction and it immediately topped The New York Times Best Seller List, staying at #1 for 18 consecutive weeks, ending the year as a top 15 best-seller. It was also ranked #1 on the best-seller lists in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, America was given the prestigious book of the year award in 2004 by Publishers Weekly and at the 2005 Grammy awards, both Jon and the cast of “The Daily Show” were honored with Best Comedy Album, for AMERICA: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction.
Stewart’s latest book, EARTH (THE BOOK): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race; the highly anticipated 2010 follow-up to the best-selling AMERICA (THE BOOK) also debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller List where it garnered great reviews and spent a number of months as one of the top Nonfiction selections.
Stewart, his wife and two children reside in the tri-state area.