Jon Stewart was, for many years, one of the most-watched faces in media. Though he no longer hosts The Daily Show, Stewart shows now signs of slowing down anytime soon. However, despite the fact that Stewart has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Jon Stewart. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: His Grandfather Was Born in Mongolia. Inner Mongolia, to be exact. Stewart’s grandfather is named Nathan Laskin, and he was born in Mongolia in 1906; Laskin was later raised in the city of Tientsin, China.
Number Fourteen: His First Appearance on Television Was With a Children’s Show. Stewart was just nine years old when he was featured on a children’s show titled Captain Noah and His Magical Ark. Stewart was featured on the show with his school band, in which he played the trumpet.
Number Thirteen: He Worked at Comedy Central Before it Was Comedy Central. Stewart was hired around 1990 to write for a show titled The Sweet Life, which ran on what was called the Comedy Channel at the time. The Comedy Channel later became Comedy Central.
Number Twelve: He Met His Wife on a Blind Date. Stewart met his wife Tracey on a blind date – in fact, it was the first blind date for either of them. One of Tracey’s friends set them up, and the date was at a Mexican restaurant.
Number Eleven: He Proposed to His Wife Through an NYT Crossword. Together with the help of New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz, Stewart was able to put together a crossword in the New York Times that culminated in a marriage proposal. Clearly, she said yes.
Number Ten: He Inspired Stephen Colbert. Colbert has said that he didn’t actually enjoy political humor until he began working with Stewart.
Number Nine: Before The Daily Show, He Worked With Mosquitos. After Stewart graduated from college, one of his first jobs was to test mosquitos for encephalitis in New Jersey. Interestingly, he also worked as a puppeteer.