your appointment now. "When I'm 50," muses the host
of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, "I'll
really get into this stuff and have my own spa: Stewart's Seaweed
Wraparama!" In the meantime, the 5'7" professional smart
aleck refuses to cop to his cuteness quotient, going long on the
short jokes -- "Girls don't want to go out with someone who
looks like they belong in an animated special" -- and blaming
the media. "Virtually anything is more desirable on TV,"
says Stewart, 36. "If they can sell the Poeil Pocket Fisherman,
surely I've got a shot."
hasn't hurt either. With a bestselling humor book -- Naked
Pictures of Famous People -- and five films to his credit,
even Stewart, the son of a teacher mom and a physicist father,
admits to a newfound "carefree confidence." Says the
Lawrenceville, N.J., native: "Whatever self-perception I
had in high school [when his surname was still Leibowitz] probably
isn't so valid now." Indeed not, confirms Heather Graham,
who plays opposite Stewart in this fall's romantic comedy Committed.
"Jon's very New Yorky -- very clever and dry," she says.
"He doesn't try to be a cool, sexy guy. I like that."
Gillian Anderson, Stewart's costar in last winter's Playing
by Heart, seconds her take. "He's incredibly self-deprecating
and he has no need to be," she says. "He has beautiful
eyes and he's so funny, smart and charming, he just warms your
own heart belongs to his live-in fiancee, graphic-designer-turned-veterinary-student
Tracy McShane, 31, who every few weeks trims his graying hair
("Distinguished is the look I'm going for; Alistair Cooke
has nothing on me") and turned him on to Sea Breeze astringent.
"It burns a bit," he confesses, "but that means
it's working, right? I don't need that top layer of skin anyway."
After all, "inner beauty is the most important quality,"
Stewart opines very, very seriously. "That's why I
drink a quart and a half of Oil of Olay each and every day."