Jon Stewart Turns 50: Why He Remains a Huge Star

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Jon Stewart Turns 50: Why He Remains a Huge Star
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Jon Stewart is celebrating a milestone birthday today.

Comedian Jon Stewart is celebrating a milestone birthday on November 28. The host of "The Daily Show" is turning 50, which might seem hard to believe given how long he has been working on his show. After his humble beginnings as an actor and talk show host, Jon vaulted to superstar status after taking over "The Daily Show" in 1999. In the years since, he has delivered a funny edge to politics unlike anyone before him. Even at 50 years old, he remains one of the most relevant personalities in the entertainment world. In honor of his big birthday, here is a look at why Jon remains as big a star as he's ever been.

He keeps winning awards

When all is said and done, the Emmy Awards might have to rename a couple of categories in Jon's honor. On his watch, "The Daily Show" has won the top variety show prize every year since 2003. In addition, Jon and his comedy team have won writing Emmys a total of seven times. That's pretty impressive, especially when you consider the stellar competition he gets from other late night shows. In addition to the Emmys, Jon has won two Peabody Awards and a Grammy. He has plenty of other honors as well, and even has an asteroid named after him.

He has helped others become stars

Some of the funniest stars today honed their craft while working on "The Daily Show" with Jon. Stephen Colbert went on to host his own political comedy show, while Steve Carell became a major TV and movie star. With his starring roles in "The Office" and "The Hangover" films, Ed Helms is following the same path as Carell. Rob Riggle, Olivia Munn, John Oliver, Lewis Black, and Rob Corddry are just some of the other funny names that gained fame during their time on the hit Comedy Central show. It seems like "The Daily Show" is turning out bigger names than "Saturday Night Live" these days.

He's not afraid to take on journalists

Throughout his run on "The Daily Show," Jon has never backed down from a fight with a fellow journalist. Most of his rivalries have come from TV news people on the right, including Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Tucker Carlson. He also famously called out stock market guru Jim Cramer over his poor investment advice. Not only does Jon take on the media from behind his own desk, but he also takes his words on the road. He has frequently appeared a guest on Fox News, the station that receives the bulk of his criticism.

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