Jon Stewart is one of the most iconic news anchors in the world. His show, The Daily Show, has been on air for over two decades and he has run it since 1999. He left the show in August 2015 but continues to host his own projects such as @midnight. Jon Stewart’s legacy is complicated, and there are many myths about how he became a successful comedian, news anchor, and TV personality. Here are some important things we know about Jon Stewart that helps us understand his career better today.

Jon Stewart’s Early Life

Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962. His parents were both psychologists and his mother later became a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. When he was young, his family moved to New York City when his father got a job in the city.

Stewart started as a stand-up comedian in 1984. In 1986, he got his own gig doing comedy in Boston after meeting an agent while working at a bar. He would go on to do comedy in Chicago and Pittsburgh before getting hired by MTV as a correspondent in 1989 where he would interview celebrities like Bill Clinton and Michael Jackson.

He then transitioned into journalism when he began hosting the show Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher from 1993 to 1997.

He made the move to television when he signed on with Comedy Central for The Daily Show starting in 1999 and has hosted the show ever since. Jon Stewart has had many other projects including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, HBO’s satirical news series John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, and hosting HBO’s live musical variety show Austin City Limits from 2002 to 2011 which won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety Special (2003) and Outstanding Music Direction (2005). 

During this time, he also co-founded Mercury Public Media along with Stephen Colbert, which is now known as National Geographic Documentary Films.

Jon Stewart’s Stand-Up And TV Debut

Jon Stewart began his career as a stand-up comic in the 1980s. He had his first televised appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1986. In that same year, he launched his own show, Half Hour Comedy Hour, which ran until 1988.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jon Stewart’s career made a major jump when he was hired by David Letterman to be the host of The Late Show. After four years, he left to take over hosting of The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn.

When Jon Stewart took over hosting for The Daily Show in 1999, it had been off air for ten months and was not on the air during most of 1996 due to budgetary cutbacks by ABC News. His first show received an average rating of 2 million viewers per night and became one of the most popular shows on television at that time.

The Daily Show has received 19 Primetime Emmy Awards in total, with Jon Stewart winning five of them: Outstanding Variety Talk Series for three straight years (2004–06), Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series twice (2006 and 2009), Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series once (2006), and Outstanding Variety Special one time (2006).

Jon Stewart’s Daily Show Career

Jon Stewart, who has been hosting his show, The Daily Show, since 1999 and it’s still going strong today.

Jon Stewart’s Career After The Daily Show

Jon Stewart continued his work in TV after leaving the Daily Show. He started a new show called @midnight on Comedy Central which is quite similar to his show The Daily Show. After that, he hosted a show on HBO called Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. These two shows have been extremely successful and Jon Stewart has had an impressive career since leaving The Daily Show.


Jon Stewart has been a household name for more than 30 years. His political commentary and biting humor have made him a legend in the world of entertainment. Since his stint on The Daily Show, he has been outspoken about many political issues, including racial equality, the financial crisis, and the War on Terror.