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Notable Alumni: Jon Stewart '84, D.A. 2004

Jon Stewart ’84, D.A. 2004

Jon Stewart is a nine-time Emmy Award winning comedian and satarist. He is best known for his humorous and headline driven program, The Daily Show, which appears on Comedy Central. Stewart has been the host of the show since 1999.

Before he took over The Daily Show, Stewart hosted a show on MTV, aptly named The Jon Stewart Show. He was also a frequent guest on the Larry Sanders Show.

His brand of humor has been described as “sardonic,” “witty” and sometimes harsh. But for many, his show is the only type of news that is watchable.

Jon Stewart Leibowitz is originally from New York, but grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from the College in 1984 with a psychology degree, where he was a member of the Tribe’s soccer team. Stewart, who legally changed his last name to his middle name, lives on through his former antics on the field. Tribe soccer players who known for their clowning around may win the “Leibo” award.

As Stewart’s fan base swells, so does his list of accolades. In 1999, he was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People In The World. In 2004, he was voted the second funniest person in America by Entertainment Weekly.

Stewart is branching out from behind the news desk on Comedy Central. In 2004, Stewart also co-wrote America (The Book). The satirtical high school-style history book was one of the top sellers in the U.S. for the year.

He's also becoming quite the master of televised awards ceremonies. Stewart hosted the Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2002. In March of 2006, Stewart hosted the Academy Awards, filling the prestigious shoes of the late Johnny Carson among others.

Stewart has also appeared in quite a few films, most notably, the dark comedy Death to Smoochy with Robin Williams. He also runs his own production company, Busboy Productions, which is responsible for the show The Colbert Report.

Stewart served the Alumni Association in 2004 as the New York Auction’s honorary co-chair, along with fellow alumna Glenn Close ’74.

-- Source: WMAA

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