Jon Stewart is an American political satirist, television host, and
stand-up comedian. He is best known as the host of The Daily Show, a satirical
news program airing on Comedy Central.
Stewart started as a stand-up comedian but later branched out to television,
hosting Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his
own show on MTV, called The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted another show on
MTV called You Wrote It, You Watch It. He has also had several film roles as an
actor. Stewart became the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in early
1999. He is also a writer and co-producer of the show. After Stewart joined,
The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim leading to his
first Emmy Award in 2001.
Stewart himself has also gained significant acclaim among some viewers as
an acerbic satirical critic of the Bush administration and of
personality-driven media shows, in particular the coverage of the U.S. news
media networks CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Critics say Stewart benefits
from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed
position of his "fake news" desk. Stewart himself agrees, countering
that neither his show nor his channel purports to be anything other than satire
and comedy. In spite of its self-professed entertainment mandate, The Daily
Show has been nominated for a number of news and journalism awards.
Born on November 28, 1962, his primary personality traits are represented
by the Chinese Zodiac elemental animal sign, the Water Tiger. The Water Tiger
more resembles a pussycat than a jungle cat. He may be a bit "wishy
washy" compared to other Tigers, but his excellent judgment, look before
he leap attitude, and increased flexibility more than make up for this. And,
his relatively easy going nature makes him a fun companion. Also, there's a
good chance he is quite intuitive.