Jon Stewart is certainly, first and foremost, a comedian. However, it is unfair to call him that, at least not now, at this point in his career.
Instead, because of the brand or type of humor that he uses, I would call Jon Stewart a political satirist
As far as Jon Stewart being regarded as a politician, I can only respond by saying that Jon is, as many of us, interested in politics. Again, like
many of us, Jon Stewart does have his own opinions. Dare I say that, based upon our own opinions, each and every one of us has his own view about how
things are going in the world today and, certainly, we all do have our own views about what we can or should be doing. If we had the forum that Jon
Stewart has, we'd also be regarded as "politicians". Of course, I know that this sort of talk would definitely go to my head
succumb to my megalomanical fantasies. I could suppose that this could also happen to Jon Stewart. After all, I must assume that he is only human.
If Jon Stewart is 'playing politics', it's only in the political arena of television and the nielson ratings where the performers 'suck up' to
the viewing audience who, in turn, 'vote' with their remotes. In away, it doesn't really differ all that much from 'real' politics.
All things considered, Jon Stewart is only whatever other happen to call him. Some might call him a comedian, humorist or funnyman whereas others
might call him a Democrat, a Liberal or a visionary for our times. Still others could call him anything from being trivial and inconsequential to
terms that would get me banned from this site. What Jon does for me is simple. He makes me laugh. I don't always agree with his political slant
but I snicker nonetheless.
Jon Stewart is good at what he does. He makes people laugh and he is caustic enough -- just enough -- to be noted by the news media and the powers
that be. But Jon Stewart is not the first to be a political satirist or humorist. This honor goes to some neanderthal who was upset against his
chief hording all of the women and for having the best 'pointy stick'. Throughout history, people have always had something to say about the King,
the Tsar, the Chief, the President, the Prime Minister or the Mayor. In recent times, one political satirist seems to stand out. Before Jon
Stewart, there was Will Rogers
. Like Jon, Will Rogers was an entertainer who, at times, was able
to express his own displeasure with the events of the day.
When Will Rogers said, "There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you." Will expressed the secret to
what Jon Stewart does. Regardless the party in power, the politics of the day was something could always be ridiculed and made light.