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Jon Stewart made his name as the face of liberal America, fronting The Daily Show for 16 years. But now he’s moving behind the cameras – and is unfazed by any critical kickings. Interview: Stephen Milton. Picture: Victoria Will/AP.

‘From what I understand, to run for political office requires background checks,” says Jon Stewart, smirking. “We’re talking every inch, every movement of your personal history. I don’t necessarily think it would be a good idea.”

On August 6, the former stand-up comedian turned liberal commentator will exit The Daily Show, Comedy Central’s satirical news programme, which he fronted for an astonishing 16 years.

And for many, a period of mourning awaits. The faux-current...

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