Comedian, talk show host and political influencer Jon Stewart has been named the 23rd recipient of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy.
59-year-old Stewart – born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz – rose to prominence as a popular comic and failed talk show host before taking over Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in 1999. His 16 years of activity as Daily program The presenter has turned him into a cultural and political force as Stewart trains his satirical eye for both politics and the increasingly polarized national media.
In perhaps his most iconic moment, Stewart became CNN’s famous address Cross fire debate show in 2004 and challenged the show’s entire premise of left-wing and right-wing debate. Stewart told co-hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala that they had a “public speech responsibility” that they were deceiving by playing insincere politics.
“You’re acting out when you should be arguing,” Stewart said in an openly hostile exchange with Carlson. “What you do is dishonest. What you do is partisan hacking. “
Stewart’s arrival propelled him to new heights of prominence and may have sealed his fate Cross fire, was canceled three months later.
Since retiring from The Daily Show In 2015, Stewart became a strong advocate for a number of social causes and was one of the most prominent voices in support of healthcare for first responders on September 11 in New York City. He recently returned to television as a host The problem with Jon Stewart on Apple TV+.
“For me, following his television shows over the years has always been an equal part of entertainment and truth,” Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement. “In these often divisive and challenging times, someone like Jon, by advocating for first responders and veterans, also demonstrates that we can all make a difference. make a difference in this world through humour, humanity and patriotism.”
Stewart will be presented with the award during a gala ceremony on April 24, with testimonials from an array of comedians and surprise guests. He was one of the comedians who spoke during Dave Chappelle’s Mark Twain Awards in 2019.