Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart  (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian. He is widely known as host of The Daily Show, a satirical news program that airs on Comedy Central. Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his own show on MTV, called The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted another show on MTV called You Wrote It, You Watch It. He has also had several film roles as an actor. Stewart became the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in early 1999. He is also a writer and co-executive-producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim, which led to his first Emmy Award in 2001. Stewart has gained acclaim as an acerbic, satirical critic of personality-driven media shows, in particular those of the US media networks such as CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his "fake news" desk. Stewart agrees, saying that neither his show nor his channel purports to be anything other than satire and comedy. In spite of its self-professed entertainment mandate, The Daily Show has been nominated for news and journalism awards. Stewart hosted the 78th and 80th Academy Awards. He is the co-author of America (The ...

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Big Daddy (1999)

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Joey Lauren Adams  •  Jon Stewart  •  Cole Sprouse

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Joey Lauren Adams  •  Jon Stewart  •  Cole Sprouse

Death to Smoochy (2002)

Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show, who is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame - scoring hit ratings and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny DeVito
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Catherine Keener  •  Danny DeVito  •  Jon Stewart

Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show, who is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame - scoring hit ratings and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny DeVito
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Catherine Keener  •  Danny DeVito  •  Jon Stewart

Evan Almighty (2007)

Junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish is to "change the world" is heard by none other than God. When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Shadyac
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Lauren Graham  •  Johnny Simmons

Junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish is to "change the world" is heard by none other than God. When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Shadyac
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Lauren Graham  •  Johnny Simmons

Half Baked (1998)

Three lovable party buds try to bail their friend out of jail. But just when the guys have mastered a plan, everything comes dangerously close to going up in smoke.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamra Davis
CAST:  Dave Chappelle  •  Tommy Chong  •  Harland Williams  •  Guillermo Díaz

Three lovable party buds try to bail their friend out of jail. But just when the guys have mastered a plan, everything comes dangerously close to going up in smoke.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamra Davis
CAST:  Dave Chappelle  •  Tommy Chong  •  Harland Williams  •  Guillermo Díaz

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

When Jay and Silent Bob learn that their comic-book alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic, have been sold to Hollywood as part of a big-screen movie that leaves them out of any royalties, the pair travels to Tinseltown to sabotage the production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Smith
CAST:  Kevin Smith  •  Jason Mewes  •  Ben Affleck  •  Jeff Anderson

When Jay and Silent Bob learn that their comic-book alter egos, Bluntman and Chronic, have been sold to Hollywood as part of a big-screen movie that leaves them out of any royalties, the pair travels to Tinseltown to sabotage the production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Smith
CAST:  Kevin Smith  •  Jason Mewes  •  Ben Affleck  •  Jeff Anderson

Mixed Nuts (1994)

The events of a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Robert Klein  •  Anthony LaPaglia

The events of a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Robert Klein  •  Anthony LaPaglia

Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party (2004)

Directed by the wife of 'That Kevin Smith', Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, a feature length documentary looking at the behind the scenes making of 'Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Schwalbach Smith  •  Malcolm Ingram
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Jeff Anderson  •  Jason Biggs  •  George Carlin

Directed by the wife of 'That Kevin Smith', Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, a feature length documentary looking at the behind the scenes making of 'Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Schwalbach Smith  •  Malcolm Ingram
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Jeff Anderson  •  Jason Biggs  •  George Carlin

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)

This film examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news, and provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangerous impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Greenwald
CAST:  Christiane Amanpour  •  George W. Bush  •  George Carlin  •  Tom Brokaw

This film examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news, and provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangerous impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Greenwald
CAST:  Christiane Amanpour  •  George W. Bush  •  George Carlin  •  Tom Brokaw

Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (2003)

This documentary praises comedian Richard Pryor by showing fragments of various shows Pryor made and having famous comedians talk about the importance and greatness of Pryor. Different themes are reviewed this way. Among others, they are the use of the word nigger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Grundfest
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Mario Cantone  •  Cedric the Entertainer  •  Dave Chappelle

This documentary praises comedian Richard Pryor by showing fragments of various shows Pryor made and having famous comedians talk about the importance and greatness of Pryor. Different themes are reviewed this way. Among others, they are the use of the word nigger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Grundfest
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Mario Cantone  •  Cedric the Entertainer  •  Dave Chappelle

The Aristocrats (2005)

One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penn Jillette  •  Paul Provenza
CAST:  Jason Alexander  •  Chris Albrecht  •  Hank Azaria  •  Shelley Berman

One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke--one shared privately by comics since Vaudeville.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penn Jillette  •  Paul Provenza
CAST:  Jason Alexander  •  Chris Albrecht  •  Hank Azaria  •  Shelley Berman

The Faculty (1998)

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Jordana Brewster  •  Elijah Wood  •  Clea DuVall  •  Laura Harris

When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Jordana Brewster  •  Elijah Wood  •  Clea DuVall  •  Laura Harris

Playing by Heart (1998)

Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Willard Carroll
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  April Grace  •  Patricia Clarkson  •  Gena Rowlands

Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Willard Carroll
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  April Grace  •  Patricia Clarkson  •  Gena Rowlands

Since You've Been Gone (1998)

The story of a 10th anniversary High School reunion, told through the eyes of a doctor who was humiliated on graduation day by being badly beaten up by a fellow graduate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Teri Hatcher  •  David Schwimmer  •  Joey Slotnick

The story of a 10th anniversary High School reunion, told through the eyes of a doctor who was humiliated on graduation day by being badly beaten up by a fellow graduate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Schwimmer
CAST:  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Teri Hatcher  •  David Schwimmer  •  Joey Slotnick

The Great Buck Howard (2008)

When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McGinly
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Colin Hanks  •  Emily Blunt  •  Ricky Jay

When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McGinly
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Colin Hanks  •  Emily Blunt  •  Ricky Jay

The Beaver (2011)

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Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his parents to get a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jodie Foster
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Mel Gibson  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Anton Yelchin

Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his parents to get a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jodie Foster
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Mel Gibson  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Anton Yelchin

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

A documentary that follows the former Tonight Show. Filmed during Conan’s ”Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” comedy tour, after his departure from the Tonight Show, takes viewers into an intimate journey of O’Brien’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodman Flender
CAST:  Conan O'Brien  •  Andy Richter  •  Jimmy Vivino  •  Scott Healy

A documentary that follows the former Tonight Show. Filmed during Conan’s ”Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” comedy tour, after his departure from the Tonight Show, takes viewers into an intimate journey of O’Brien’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodman Flender
CAST:  Conan O'Brien  •  Andy Richter  •  Jimmy Vivino  •  Scott Healy

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (2008)

Hark! The Herald Pundit Sings! America’s favorite Christmas tradition is now on DVD! Families have gathered around the TV to enjoy Stephen Colbert’s Christmas specials every year since 2008. Now, you can experience the joy over and over! Join Stephen and his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Hoskinson
CAST:  Stephen Colbert  •  Toby Keith  •  Willie Nelson  •  Elvis Costello

Hark! The Herald Pundit Sings! America’s favorite Christmas tradition is now on DVD! Families have gathered around the TV to enjoy Stephen Colbert’s Christmas specials every year since 2008. Now, you can experience the joy over and over! Join Stephen and his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Hoskinson
CAST:  Stephen Colbert  •  Toby Keith  •  Willie Nelson  •  Elvis Costello

Downloaded (2013)

A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Winter
CAST:  Sean Parker  •  Shawn Fanning  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Jon Stewart

A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Winter
CAST:  Sean Parker  •  Shawn Fanning  •  Lars Ulrich  •  Jon Stewart

Inequality for All (2013)

U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich tries to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacob Kornbluth
CAST:  Robert Reich  •  Dolly Parton  •  Tyne Daly  •  Lily Tomlin

U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich tries to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacob Kornbluth
CAST:  Robert Reich  •  Dolly Parton  •  Tyne Daly  •  Lily Tomlin

Rosewater (2014)

In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Stewart
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  Jason Jones  •  Haluk Bilginer

In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Stewart
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  Jason Jones  •  Haluk Bilginer
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