#TBT: Serving to Jon Stewart Enhance His Bachelor Pad in 1995

Because the countdown to Jon Stewart’s “retirement” from The Every day Present whittles right down to a closing few episodes, I’ve to say I agree with President Obama’s sentiment: “Isn’t there one thing we are able to do to cease this?” After 16 years, Stewart is stepping down from his Every day Present desk on August sixth. It’s secure to say his influence on our nationwide tradition, id, and a few would argue, political historical past, is immeasurable. Actually, simply this week it was revealed that Stewart really suggested the President throughout two secret Oval Workplace conferences up to now 4 years.

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In case you may flip again the clock 20 years and ask a 32-year previous Stewart if he would someday be advising a sitting President of the USA after reinventing American political satire, he would have bust a intestine laughing. I do know this as a result of I spent a day with the younger comic in 1995. As a junior staffer on the one-year-old InStyle, I satisfied my bosses that Stewart, who had simply debuted his personal discuss present on MTV, was worthy of two pages of our not-yet-hefty journal. Our focus then was on the “non-public lives of public individuals” and in some way we concocted a situation that concerned a photographer and me tagging together with Stewart as he shopped for furnishings for his new “bachelor pad.” His roommates on the time—two cats named Stanley and Sidney—referred to as all photographs.

Stewart was sport all through the day, posing on numerous settees and lounges. It might be unimaginable to tug off a stunt like this right now for a lot of, many causes. Right here’s a have a look at that story because it appeared in Could 1995. Although I’m already mourning the lack of Stewart’s nightly commentary within the upcoming 2016 election, I hope he manages to get pleasure from his legacy from the consolation of no matter “Barcalounger” he at the moment plops.

The next story initially appeared in Could InStyle, 1995.


Adorning shouldn’t be a precedence for late-night discuss present host Jon Stewart. So when, on a latest uncommon break day, he determined to go seeking a chair for his one-bedroom condominium in Manhattan, all agreed it was a special day. His goal: Soho, New York’s hippest design district, the place the outlets inventory every thing from fifties kitsch to nineties trendy. “Purchasing of this magnitude shouldn’t be performed on a Sunday,” quipped the someday humorist. “I am going to in all probability set out in search of a Barcalounger and find yourself with Henry VIII’s throne.”

Government-producing in addition to internet hosting The Jon Stewart Present means 5 12-hour days per week for Stewart. “My common workday is about 10 to 10,” he explains. “Then I am going residence and sit and take into consideration the present. I get up the following day and do the identical factor.” This workaholic way of life leaves little time for inside design. Stewart jokes that his condominium is stuffed with objects from a class on The $10,000 Pyramid: Issues Folks Throw Away. “I’ve a really sparse home. It is adorned in a Do-you-need-this? model. Associates will transfer they usually’ll go, ‘Hey, do you want a sofa?’ And I am going to go, ‘OK.’ That is what my condominium is adorned in—that, and packing containers.”

Although he moved into his Greenwich Village condominium greater than a yr in the past, settling in and filling it up has been a sluggish course of. “I do have the sofa that my buddy gave me, and two chairs that he made me take. However they don’t seem to be a bonus. They’re chintz. I am undecided precisely what that’s, however no matter it’s, it’s one thing cats love they usually should not go close to,” says Stewart, who lives with feline roommates Stanley and Sidney.

So what precisely is the 32-year-old bachelor in search of in a chair? “Friendship,” he says rapidly. “I need a chair that does not discuss again, one that may do what I wish to do. If I wish to lean again, it’s going to lean again.” He pauses, contemplating the query solely barely extra severely. “I am not residence that usually, so I really want one thing my cats will get pleasure from. I’ve to ask: Will this factor be round in six months? Will they be capable to sit on it? When one of many cats throws up on it, will I be capable to wipe it off? Do they make chairs out of Handi Wipes?”

The search continues.

Originally posted 2015-07-29 15:08:18.