The Jon Stewart Show
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|The Jon Stewart Show|
|Format||Talk show, Variety show|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes (MTV)
60 minutes (syndication)
|Production company(s)||Busboy Productions
Paramount Television (syndication)
|Original channel||MTV (1993–94)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||1993 – 1995|
|Related shows||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart|
The Jon Stewart Show was a late night talk show hosted by comedian Jon Stewart. The program premiered on MTV in 1993 as a thirty-minute daily program. At the end of its first season, MTV's then-corporate sibling Paramount Television retooled the program, extended it to sixty minutes, and used it as a replacement for the cancelled Arsenio Hall Show for the 1994-95 television season. While it garnered high ratings on MTV, in fact becoming its second most popular show behind Beavis and Butt-Head, The Jon Stewart Show was not a success in syndication and was cancelled in 1995.
Celebrity guests who made appearances on the show included Howard Stern, David Letterman, Jonathan Brandis, Courteney Cox, Sherry Stringfield, Lorenzo Lamas, Bronson Pinchot, Conan O'Brien and William Shatner. The show was also popular for showcasing the type of musical guests that usually were not seen on other talk shows, such as Quicksand, Blind Melon, Killing Joke, Buffalo Tom, Diamanda Galás, King's X, Slayer, Van Halen, Peter Murphy, Sunny Day Real Estate, Bad Religion, Naughty by Nature, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Redd Kross, Dom Pachino, Faith No More, Rocket from the Crypt, Ol' Dirty Bastard, The Breeders, Belly, Letters to Cleo, The Afghan Whigs, The Notorious B.I.G., Guided by Voices, Warren Zevon, Danzig, Face to Face, Helmet, and Pop Will Eat Itself, as well as fringe sub-culture guests such as Rev. Ivan Stang of the Church of the SubGenius.
One of the more memorable episodes featured a performance by Marilyn Manson, who threw instruments around the stage, and ended with a piggyback ride offstage by Jon Stewart. During the show's final episode, the audience was offered margaritas and taxicab rides home. This final episode featured a lengthy interview with David Letterman, who rarely appears on talk shows other than his own. The eleven members of (then-upcoming) MTV sketch show The State appeared as the last guests on the final episode of the half-hour version of the show, and The State cast members received Stewart's permission to "trash" the set with various implements of destruction.