You know, I never in my career have ever thought about what the goal was. The goal was always to be better than I was at the present time, at what I was doing.
…I went on every night, and I learned the difference between impersonating a comedian and being a comedian. And that was my break, was learning how to be authentic - not to the audience, but to myself. I developed a baseline of confidence and also insecurity. I knew how bad I was, and I knew how good I was. And that is what helped me through a lot of the ups and downs as we went along."
— Jon Stewart