So far, the worst part about publishing his
new, sharp-eyed satire, says actor-comedian Jon Stewart, was
meeting one of his targets at a taping of CBS This Morning.
"Martha Stewart [no relation] was really nice," he
says sheepishly. But would Martha have offered him a slice of
plum cake if she knew how wickedly Stewart lampoons her, along
with Hanson and the Taco Bell Chihuahua, in Naked Pictures
of Famous People (Rob Weisbach/ Morrow)? Maybe not. "I
told her she was 'honored' in my book," he recalls. "Then
I said, `Bye!' and ran off."
Stewart, 35, is less tentative about the next
steps in his career. The author, who lives in Manhattan with
graphic designer Tracey McShane, used to host his own syndicated
late-night TV talk show and later starred in HBO's The Larry
Sanders Show. Next month he appears in two movies (The
Faculty and Playing by Heart, in which he romances
Gillian Anderson). And in January he replaces Craig Kilborn
as anchor of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. "They're
shrinking the decor, because Craig is, like, 6'8" and I'm
officially listed as 28 inches tall," reports the 5'8"
Stewart. "I can't reach the light switches or controls."
Photo caption: "Insomnia is my greatest
inspiration," says Stewart.