Funny Video Clips Biography
The men's soccer team at Stewart's alma mater, the College of William & Mary, awards its funniest member the annual "Leibo Award," named for former soccer standout Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz).
Some of Stewart's more notable pre-showbiz jobs: children's puppeteer, live mosquito sorter for New Jersey's health department, construction worker and busboy. (Busboy is the name of Stewart and Ben Karlin's production company.)
Stewart's first TV appearance was as a pre-teen trumpeter with the Lawrence Stage Band on Philadelphia's Captain Noah Children's Hour.
Jon Stewart's Disciples
While Stewart himself has reaped many of The Daily Show's accolades, he and executive producer Ben Karlin have helped to make the show a launch pad for at least two of its former "reporters." Steve Carell hit big in 2005 with leading roles on television (NBC's The Office, for which Carell won a Golden Globe) and the silver screen (The 40-Year-Old Virgin). Stephen Colbert, whose Daily tenure covered both the Craig Kilborn and Stewart eras, savagely satirizes pundit programs like The O'Reilly Factor on The Colbert Report, which follows The Daily Show on Comedy Central.
In April 2006, Colbert brought his TV shtick to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington. Depending on whom you ask, his roast of President Bush and the Beltway's reporting corps was either a Molotov cocktail of wit and pointed irony or simply a bomb. Regardless, the video of Colbert's scorched-earth performance became an instant Internet sensation.
Top 5 Jon Stewart Sound Bites
1) "It's not so much that it's bad, as it's hurting America ... Stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America." --Jon Stewart, to "Crossfire" hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala (Read the full transcript)
2) "They said I wasn't being funny. And I said to them, 'I know that, but tomorrow I will go back to being funny, and your show will still blow.'" --Jon Stewart, on his sniping match with Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala on Crossfire
3) "I do have some sad news to report. Bjork could not be here. She was trying on her Oscars dress and Dick Cheney shot her." --Jon Stewart, hosting the Academy Awards (Read more of Stewart's Oscar zingers)
4) "This past weekend, the Democratic National Committee made it official — electing former governor and one-time shoe-in Howard Dean as their new party chairman. As a doctor they're hoping he can reattach the ass handed to the Democrats in the past election. ... You know, there's something stirring about the peaceful transfer of no power." —Jon Stewart
5) "I was not elected to serve one party." —George W. Bush (video overlay)
"You were not elected." —Jon Stewart
"I have something else to ask you, to ask every American. I ask you to pray for this great nation." —Bush
"We're way ahead of you." –Stewart