Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak

By Lisa Rogak

Because his arrival on the day-by-day convey in 1999, Jon Stewart has turn into one of many significant gamers in comedy in addition to some of the most major liberal voices within the media. In offended Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his not going upward push to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing to be up in New Jersey, via his years as a suffering standup comedian in ny, and directly to the short-lived yet acclaimed The Jon Stewart convey. and she or he charts his humbling string of near-misses—passed over as a substitute for indicates hosted by way of Conan O'Brien, Tom Snyder, or even the fictitious Larry Sanders—before touchdown on a 30 minutes comedy express that on the time was once nonetheless discovering its footing amidst roiling inner drama.

Once there, Stewart remodeled The day-by-day exhibit into the most influential information courses on tv this day. Drawing on interviews with present and previous colleagues, Rogak finds how issues work—and occasionally don't work—behind the scenes on the day-by-day convey, led by means of Jon Stewart, a comic who has come to wield very good energy in American politics.

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