The Daily Show by Chris Smith, Jon Stewart

By Chris Smith, Jon Stewart

For nearly seventeen years, The day-by-day convey with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders among tv comedy, political satire, and opinionated information insurance. It introduced the careers of a few of cutting-edge most important comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the robust, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the show's behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie should be chronicled via the avid gamers themselves, from mythical host Jon Stewart to the big name solid participants and writers-including Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Jessica Williams, John Hodgman, and Larry Wilmore-plus a few of the day-by-day Show's such a lot widespread visitors and adversaries: John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and lots of extra.

This oral historical past takes the reader behind the scenes for all of the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night application hosted by means of Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's lengthy reign to Trevor Noah's succession, emerging from a scrappy jester within the 24-hour political information cycle to turn into a part of the thrashing middle of politics-a relied on resource for not just comedy but additionally remark, with a name for calling bullshit and a capability to impact genuine swap on the earth.

Through years of incisive election assurance, Jon Stewart's emotional monologue within the wake of Sept. 11, his notorious disagreement on Crossfire, passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, feuds with invoice O'Reilly and Fox, the Indecisions, Mess O'Potamia, and provocative takes on Wall road and racism, The day-by-day convey has been a cultural touchstone. Now, for the 1st time, the folks at the back of the show's seminal moments come jointly to percentage their thoughts of the last-minute rewrites, improvisations, pranks, romances, blow-ups, and moments of Zen either off and on the set of 1 of America's so much groundbreaking indicates.

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You don’t have to put film in the camera. You just pretend that you’re allowing me to do this. DOUG HERZOG, executive, MTV, 1984–1995; president, Comedy Central, 1995–1998; executive, Viacom, 2004– In the summer of ’98 when we announced that Jon was going to take over The Daily Show, we had a little press conference in the lobby of the old Comedy Central offices. And Stephen Colbert showed up, as a member of the press representing The Daily Show, wanting to know why he didn’t get the job. ” That’s what Jon said to Doug Herzog.

We were officemates, and he was a real shorts-and-sandals-wearer to the office. J. was, like a lot of talented people, a bit of an odd duck. He might say the same thing about me, you know. Changing the lineup of correspondents and contributors, the on-air faces of the show, was also crucial, if less contentious. Brown and Unger left when Kilborn did; Colbert, Rocca, Beth Littleford, Frank DeCaro, and Stacey Grenrock Woods stayed on. Stewart’s first correspondent addition was Vance DeGeneres, who had a gift for the authoritative-but-vacant news reporter delivery.

One of Stewart’s comedy heroes was George Carlin, who wove social criticism into his jokes and riffs about dirty words, organized religion, and hypocritical politicians. ” He started shifting The Daily Show’s sights to target powerful people and institutions, and he began changing the tone of the show from randomly coarse to deliberately barbed. Not that he was opposed to making a good dick joke now and then. ADAM CHODIKOFF, from researcher to senior producer, 1996– It was pretty quick that things changed.

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