The Bottom Line
- Timely and topical
- Slows political spin, both conservative and liberal, to a crawl
- Drives public debate and discourse
- Funny as heck
- Jon Stewart is the Will Rogers of our time
- Humor sometimes too base
- Cringe factor high when interviewing those who dont get it
- Airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. EST on Comedy Central.
- Debuted in 1996 with Craig Kilborn as host
- Jon Stewart took over in 1999
- Known for its frequent political and literary guests
- Your Moment of Zen has appeared since the shows debut
- Steve Carrell is possibly the most well-known former correspondent
- Stephen Colbert, challenging Carrell as most well-known, has his own show, The Colbert Report
- Guests have included Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, John McCain and Colin Powell
- Awards include Emmys, Grammys, two Peabodys and the Thurber Award
Guide Review - Overview: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Back in the day, when the show debuted (July 1996 on Comedy Central) with Craig Kilborn as host, I wasnt a huge fan of The Daily Show. Kilborn, a skilled broadcaster and quick wit, had created a character that was a little too narcissistic which skewered the news anchors of the day. But the show, otherwise, didnt have the political bite that it has today.
Under Jon Stewarts reign, The Daily Show has become what the editorial cartoon is to the OpEd page: humor puncturing the hot-air balloon of politics. But The Daily Show extends its are you kidding me? attitude to the media, as well, effectively changing the way news is reported.
For proof, look no further than Stewarts scuffle with Tucker Carlson, then host of CNNs Crossfire. Stewart, uncharacteristically, lambasted both Carlson and his co-host Paul Begala for failing in its responsibility to public discourse. Not long after, Crossfire ceased to exist.
Stewart, quite simply, is the Will Rogers of our day.