Talk Show Host: Jon Stewart

With smart talk, shrewd insights and sly wit, he is making the evening news a daily habit again

The set is a news desk, and the nice-looking man behind it seems...um, troubled. About his life, perhaps? About the news? A touch of indigestion? It's hard to tell, but it becomes clear--and quickly--that he is funny. And smart.

Jon Stewart presides over Comedy Central's The Daily Show, a blessed wedding of performer and format. Free of the burden of a full stand-up monologue, Stewart is able to put all his energy and wit into the news and guest spots. The word energy is almost too strong. Much of Stewart's humor seems to spring from an underlying terrain of world-weariness.

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