Jon Stewart, already an established member of the stand-up comedy circuit and television, is poised to conquer the film and book words as well. A New Jersey native, Stewart is considered one of Americans top comedic voices who began honing his skills in New York City, moving through the ranks of its top comedy clubs to appearances on HBOs "Young Comedians Special" and "Late Show with David Letterman." Those in turn led him to his own late night talk show which has led to his newest venture as a host of Comedy Centrals "The Daily Show."
Effective as of January 1999, Stewart replaced Craig Kilborn as the new host of Comedy Centrals late-night news/variety series, which is now, titled "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." The show will remain based in New York and Stewart hopes to keep much of the same format but will implement his own style as well.
Hosting a late-night talk show is nothing new to Stewart. After briefly hosting a half-hour nighttime talk show on MTV, aptly titled "The Jon Stewart," Paramount enlarged the show to a one-hour format for national syndication. The critically acclaimed talk show featured a variety of celebrity guests from the worlds of music, entertainment, sports, and fashion. The show aired from September 1994 through June 1995.
Stewarts most recent television show work was on HBOs critically acclaimed series- within-a-series, "The Larry Sanders Show," playing a character he should know very well: himself. The final season saw, among other things, Stewart seemingly being groomed to take over the fictitious late-night throne from the perpetually paranoid Larry Sanders (Gary Shandling). Stewart also served as a creative consultant on the series.
On the feature film front, Stewart starred in the romantic drama "Playing By Heart" opposite Gillian Anderson. The Miramax film, also starred Sean Connery, Gena Rolands, Dennis Quaid, and Angeline Jolie, was released around Christmas 1998, and marks a departure for Stewart in that it will show more of a dramatic side than people are accustomed to seeing.
Stewart will also be starring in "The Faculty," a horror-comedy directed by Robert Rodriguez. Stewart portrays a teacher in a high school where strange things start happening to the faculty and student body. This will be released by Dimension Films.
Through Stewarts Busboy Productions, Miramax Films has signed the company to an overall production deal. Jon has committed to star in two movies per year, and will also get the chance to write and produce, as well as star in some films. Projects on its slate include the comedy "Almost Romantic" in which Stewart and Janeane Garofalo are attached to star for Touchstone Pictures as well as the comedy "Bird Meets Girl" which will also serve as a starring vehicle for Stewart.
While it may be the conventional route for a stand-up comedian to sign a book deal and expound on their early days inside dingy clubs, Stewart has gone the other way. His debut book, "Naked Pictures of Famous People," (Rob Weisbach) which was released in September, is a collection of humorous what-if essays. "Entertainment Weekly" said the book, "reveals the basic truth thats too often forgotten by the shock-for-shocks sake satirists of the South Park era: Youve got to be smart to be a smart-ass." Elle Magazine called the book "laugh out loud hilarious." "Naked Pictures" has also appeared on many best seller lists including the New York Times Bestsellers List.
Stewart has also written for several magazines including "The New Yorker," "Esquire" and "George."
Television credits include the CableAce-nominated one-hour HBO comedy special, "Jon Stewart: Unleavened," which premiered in September 1996, as well as guest hosting CBS "The Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder," NBCs "NewsRadio" and HBOs "Mr. Show with Bob & David." Stewart also appeared in the feature film "Half Baked."