TV Host

By EW Staff
Updated October 15, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
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How Jon Stewart gained power in 2004

AGE 41

Don’t let that whole we’re-just-doing-the-fake-news shtick fool you. Stewart has emerged as the voice of the next generation in a key election year: More young adults watch his pitch-perfect parody on Comedy Central than they do any real cable news network at 11 p.m. (Viewership is up almost 25 percent.) And his Emmy-magnet show isn’t just must-see TV; it’s also required reading. The new Daily Show tome, America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, is topping multiple best-seller lists.