NAMES & FACES

More than a million fans attended the Rolling Stones' free concert on Copacabana Beach.
More than a million fans attended the Rolling Stones' free concert on Copacabana Beach. (By Paulo Whitaker -- Reuters)
Monday, February 20, 2006

Ready for His Close-up

Jon Stewart has won what many consider to be the Heisman Trophy of comedy.

As host of next month's Academy Awards, Stewart joins an elite group whose members include Steve Martin , Billy Crystal , Bob Hope and Johnny Carson .

"It doesn't mean you're going to have a good pro career, or even do well in the bowl game," Stewart told the Associated Press. "But to get to that point means something. Now you're in the club."

Juggling preparations for the Oscars, hosting Comedy Central's award-winning fake news program "The Daily Show" and being the father of a newborn daughter and 19-month-old son with wife Tracey , Stewart, 43, is having a very full year.

"Some people will burn themselves to the nub," he said from his New York office. "I've decided to exist in a sea of mediocrity. That's allowed me to do all my tasks, but to in fact do them poorly."

Stewart does feel that his other responsibilities have already affected his performance as a father. "What we're hoping is, in my daughter's first two weeks, she's not going to remember a whole lot of this," he said. "So instead of me being there, I just take my deodorant and jam it in her crib. She'll have the faint smell of me but won't really know I haven't been an influence."

Rushed Judgment

Color commentary just might not be Rush Limbaugh's forte. When Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett was forced out of the Democratic primary in the Senate race in Ohio last week, Limbaugh criticized the New York Times for not saying that the party's preferred candidate is black.

Limbaugh later discovered through listener e-mails to his radio show that the candidate, Rep. Sherrod Brown , is, oops, actually Caucasian.

"Uh, Sherrod Brown's a white guy? Then I'm confusing him with somebody. Okay, I'm sorry," Limbaugh admitted later.

Brown is a seven-term congressman and former Ohio secretary of state. He is currently running against GOP Sen. Mike DeWine .

Brown responded, "Rush Limbaugh obviously knows as much about me as the Republicans know about balancing the budget," for an article published Friday in the Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria, Ohio.

Following the verbal slip, Limbaugh commented on the steady influx of e-mails: "We have corrected this, and I, you know, I'm not gonna apologize because I don't think it's an insult to be black," he said.


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