Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. Upon graduating college, he worked a few odd jobs until he finally decided to move to New York and pursue comedy full-time.
His career was slow to take off. Stewart would perform stand-up comedy gigs while performing small roles on several television series. Eventually he was chosen to host MTV's The Jon Stewart Show and his career seemed to take off overnight.
When Stewart took over as host of The Daily Show in 1999, he reformulated the show to focus on politics and current world events. The transformation could not have been more successful.
Although Stewart maintains that he is a comedian, he often blurs the line between comedy and journalism. His journalistic integrity has been praised by many, and he has been honored by the White House and the Peabody Awards.
This unauthorized biography follows Stewart from his humble beginnings as a young boy in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, to his rise to fame, where he is hailed as one of the most influential people in the world.