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Jon Stewart: ‘I could try to ruin the country in a different way. I’ve been trying to ruin it through television, so why not try to do the same through the political process as well?’

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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