taking the reins of Comedy Centrals The Daily Show
from Craig Kilborn in January, 36-year-old Jon Stewart has seen
his profile rise right along with his programs ratings.
Hes phased out his predecessors trademark segments
(Five Questions), offering up his rambling but hilarious
Hastily Thrown Together Editorials and A Quick
Word of Advice.
graduating in 1984 with a degree in philosophy from the College
of William and Mary, the New Jersey-bred Stewart could have used
a few words of advice himself. Lacking any real plans for
his future, he took a job as a barkeep, then as a number cruncher
for the New Jersey Department of Health. (If the bomb
hit, I knew where we were going to get the beds, recalls
Stewart.) In 1987, though, he moved to New York and began
performing stand-up comedy alongside Ray Romano and Chris Rock
at Greenwich Villages The Bitter End. He started writing
for cable, which led to hosting shows on MTV and Comedy Central.
Eventually, he landed a recurring role on The Larry Sanders
Show with Garry Shandling.
fan of comedian-writers Steve Martin and Woody Allen, Stewart
has also published his own collection of comic essays, Naked
Pictures of Famous People. On the big screen, youve
seen him most recently in The Faculty and Playing by
Heart, and this month he teams up with Adam Sandler in Big
tells Biography Magazine what he couldnt live withoutand
what he could.
you were stranded on a desert island, what one bood would you
want with you?
on boat-making, I would think. Actually, a book on boat-making
without tools. That would be handy. With a couple
of coconut recipes thrown in.
the world-championship distance swimmer is, girl or guy.
show? Is this desert island I landed on in Australia?
take-out menu would you have?
Pizza from Bleecker Street in Manhattan.
want something light-hearted. Bill Murrays Groundhog
Day, to remind me of my situation.
of Tom Waits.
would you miss most about civilization?
Kremes. But there might be one there; it seems like a pretty
would you miss the least?
groups of people with a singular purpose. That purpose can
be anything from protesting to looking at girls. Most large groups
excuse themselves from the rules of social behavior. I wouldnt
article of clothing or outfit would you wear if you had only one?
probably want one of those Dan Rather safari outfits in case Id
want to go into the brush. But you can take most of it off and
just wear the vest. Something useful like that.Whenever
Dan wears one I always think sts about to hit the
fan somewhere. Anytime you see Dan Rather in khakis, that
you had to have one stand-up comedian perform for you every night
for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Just one?! Colin Quinn. Norm McDonald, Chris Rock. Id rotate
them in, but somehow I dont think theyd take the gig.
you have a quick word of advice for our readers?
always assumed your readership is made up of very smart people.
I imagine they watch Biography for a little entertainment
then go out and cure polio. People who like to play Clue.
I know: Keep up that whole reading thing. Its