Jon Stewart is the meanest man in show business.
"I learned how to be mean out on the road," says the 30-year-old
host of MTV's Jon Stewart Show. Before finding his way onto
television -- he previously emceed MTV's You Wrote It, You Watch
It -- Stewart traveled the nation, playing small comedy clubs
with names life Chuckle Stop and Snigger Lounge.
Stewart comes from a middle-class family in Lawrence,
N.J., and his siblings are all professionals, so when he graduated
from William and Mary and set off on the road, he was pretty much
on his own.
By trial and error he taught himself the simple
pleasures of travel. "When a waitress tells you her kid is staying
at her mother's," he says, "then you're in business. And I've eaten
more club sandwiches and watched more hotel movies than anyone should
Stewart's Hot List accordingly has the feel of
the road, something you might compose on a bus. Indeed, if Willie
Nelson were a little younger and a little less tragic and just a
bit more funny this is what he might come up with.
HOT SNACK: Ham Dinger at Denny's
"Value, taste, ambience. Only valid after 2 a.m."
HOT BAND: Buffalo Tom "Great music and model citizens."
HOT COMEBACK: Lamb Chop. Shari Lewis is ditched, and the
fabric mutton comes back with a risqué Vegas revue."
HOT MEANS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION: Smoking. "Anti-smoking fervor
ignites a wheezers' revolt."
HOT POET NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT: Bingo Gazingo. "Aging, frumpy,
and edgy. A Greenwich Village treasure."
HOT FASHION MODEL LOOK: Really big heads. "I mean big
-- like medicine balls."
HOT MOVIE THEME: Human tragedy on a grand scale. "The success
of Schindler's List spurs a new spate of tragic films. Surprise
1995 Oscar winner: Corey Feldman, for his role as a Rollerblading
prison guard, in Jesus, My Feet Hurt: The Bataan Death March
HOT ANIMATED SCAPEGOAT: Casper the Friendly Ghost. "He comes
back on Nickelodeon, and all across Ohio kids are hurt trying to
walk through walls. Janet Reno is outraged."
HOT PICTURES I LIKE TO STARE AT IN MAGAZINES Drew Barrymore
and Partricia Arquette. "They sure are purty."
HOT BAR FAD: Karaoke. "A can't-miss night out."
HOT SCANDAL: Young talk-show host found in compromising position
with members of local high-school marching band. "Oops!"
HOT FACIAL HAIR: The Manchu. "The Fu is out."
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