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May 14, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Trekkies, you may want to sit down before reading this. In an appearance Monday on “The Daily Show,”  J.J. Abrams revealed to Jon Stewart that he was never much of a  “Star Trek” fan -- at least not until recently. The director's latest film “Star Trek: Into the Darkness” hits theaters this week, but he's also attached to a new installment of “Star Wars” due in 2015, turning him into a one-man monopoly on beloved science fiction franchises. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films Stewart asked Abrams for his perspective on the differences between the two properties.
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April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
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February 20, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Imagine you're driving to work one day when a blazing meteor streaks across the horizon and explodes into a fireball. You'd be pretty shocked, and might even blurt out an expletive or two, right? That's what most of us, including Jon Stewart, would assume. But apparently that's not the case in Russia, where a 10,000-ton space rock lit up the sky last week , injuring hundreds and releasing as much energy as 30 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs -- or, as the locals call it, "Friday.
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April 24, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert stopped by "Late Show" to say hello to David Letterman, whom he will be replacing next year. On Wednesday, Colbert returned to "The Daily Show" to tell Jon Stewart how he had "won television. " Colbert got his start as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" from 1997 until 2005 when he left to host his own show, "The Colbert Report. " But on Wednesday, Colbert had to break the news to Stewart that he was ending his show, which airs immediately after "The Daily Show," to go to CBS. Stewart already knew this, but it didn't stop Colbert from breaking the news to him again.
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June 14, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Wednesday on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart offered up some unique fundraising tips to President Obama. Following on the news Wednesday that billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who previously bankrolled Newt Gingrich's campaign to the tune of $30 million, had shelled out another $10 million to Mitt Romney's "super PAC," Stewart suggested it was time to think big and move away from the small-donation model that fueled his 2008...
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December 6, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Monday night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart bid a reluctant goodbye to Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate who has provided his show with a nearly endless stream of material over the last two months, with Stewart suggesting that his show's writers are more unhappy with Cain's decision to pull out of the race than Cain's supporters. "I'm gonna miss him so much," Stewart said. PHOTOS: Political scandals and gaffes of 2011 Stewart also delved into one of the greatest mysteries still surrounding Cain's imploded campaign: Why the now ex-contender seemed so preoccupied with a passage from a Donna Summer song from 12-year-old Pokemon movie.
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August 18, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Ron Paul doesn't seem too impressed with the big-talkin', big-walkin' governor of Texas. Speaking to volunteers for his presidential campaign in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Paul brought up the New New Thing in the GOP race, Rick Perry and his highly criticized remarks about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. ( Watch video below .) But Paul didn't mention Perry by name. In fact, he said he couldn't remember what it was. He called him "this other governor. " "He realizes that talking about the Fed is good, too," Paul said.
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April 26, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas on Thursday may serve as the latest milestone for the former president, but it offered Jon Stewart an opportunity to again lower the boom on one of his favorite targets. The host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" took obvious glee in noting the return of the spotlight to Bush 4½ years after he left office. "Heeeee's back," Stewart said with a wide smile. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments He wondered if Bush during those years had devoted himself to dedicated public service in the tradition of other recent presidents such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
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March 5, 2013 | By John Horn
Jon Stewart is leaving “The Daily Show” - for three months - to direct a movie. The political satirist and media critic will take a hiatus from his Comedy Central talk show this summer to make his feature directing debut, adapting Maziar Bahari's book “Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.” The book, co-written with Aimee Molloy, chronicles Bahari's attempt to cover Iran's presidential elections in...
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July 25, 2012 | By Meg James
Eager to keep its edgy late-night block intact, Comedy Central has negotiated two-year contract extensions with its star comedians, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Stewart's new deal will keep him on the network and at the helm of the "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" at least through the middle of 2015. His previous agreement would have expired next summer. Colbert's new arrangement goes through the end of 2014. Colbert serves as executive producer, writer and host for "The Colbert Report.
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April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
When John Oliver left "The Daily Show" in December to launch a new weekly show on HBO, host Jon Stewart surprised him with a video tribute to his 7-1/2 years on the Comedy Central show. Overcome with emotion, Oliver broke down in tears and gave Stewart a very heartfelt hug by way of departure. Many fans at the time were charmed by this genuine display of emotion. But Oliver's friends back in England hated it. In advance of the premiere of his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," the comedian appeared on "The Tonight Show," where host Jimmy Fallon quizzed him about his on-air sobbing.
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April 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Comedy Central now has a late-night problem. CBS' announcement that Stephen Colbert would take over "The Late Show" next year when David Letterman retires leaves a huge gap in Comedy Central's marquee lineup.  For nearly a decade, "The Colbert Report" has been a trusty follow-up to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and the pair delivered a formidable one-two punch that became one of the main sources of turmoil for rivals in the late-night TV...
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April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The guessing game over who would replace David Letterman on CBS' "Late Night" lasted exactly one week. On Thursday, the network confirmed that Stephen Colbert would be the new host to replace Letterman when he steps down in 2015. In a statement, Colbert said: "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. " Robbed of the opportunity to continue to spin out who they thought should fill the spot, comedians, writers and fans fell over themselves to share their thoughts on the pick.
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April 10, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Following the news that he would be taking over "The Late Show" from David Letterman, Stephen Colbert took a moment on his show Thursday to pay tribute to his predecessor. He also addressed, albeit indirectly, his own promotion to one of the most coveted spots in late-night TV.  After an especially hearty opening round of applause, Colbert began, "There was some big news last week that slipped through my news crack. It concerns someone I've admired for years and yet surprisingly is not me. " It was, of course, Letterman.
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April 1, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Peter Dinklage stopped by "The Daily Show" on Monday, but Jon Stewart admitted there was very little he could ask the actor. Why? Because Dinklage is starring in "Game of Thrones" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past," two projects very popular in the "spoiler alert community. " So how does "Game of Thrones" go about keeping its plot twists and turns hidden from those fans too busy to read the books? Dinklage told Stewart it's mostly because of one guy. Dinklage explained, "Camera phones are very popular on set. We have a guy in Croatia, just this enormous guy. He'll yell at [picture takers]
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March 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's wordless campaign ad has given Jon Stewart and the writers of "The Daily Show" endless pleasure. So much pleasure, in fact, that before their spring break, they bequeathed #McConnelling on the world. The phenomenon, already hashtagged for maximum social media ease, invited viewers to provide their own soundtrack to the McConnell campaign ad. And submit they did. On Tuesday's show, Stewart unveiled his favorites, which included selections from Simon and Garfunkel and the '80s Swiss electronic band, Yello.
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August 16, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Wednesday on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart addressed the controversy surrounding Vice President Joe Biden's “chains” remark, the latest on a long line of gaffes that have dominated the conversation this election year.  While Stewart acknowledged that Biden's remarks were indeed rather unfortunate, even for a politician whose foot seems permanently planted in his mouth, he criticized Republicans for acting as if they never spout divisive rhetoric....
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May 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The National Rifle Assn. held its annual convention last weekend in Houston, where conservative pundits like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck railed at efforts to enact tighter gun control measures -- and, as Jon Stewart pointed out Monday on "The Daily Show," a whole lot of other things, too. Between Palin taunting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his war on tobacco and Texas Gov. Rick Perry boasting about his job-creation record, to...
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January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appeared on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Wednesday to discuss his new memoir, "Duty," which has stirred up the Washington chattering class for its criticisms of President Obama. Gates arrived wearing a very visible neck brace, which Stewart couldn't help but reference. "Apparently you wrote about Chris Christie and there was retribution," Stewart said. Gates actually suffered a fall on New Year's Day in his home in Washington State and fractured his first vertebrae.
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January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
John Oliver would like nothing more than to watch Sarah Palin "spoon little flakes of cornflakes into a bowl. " Told that the doyenne of far-right Republican politics would be hosting a media breakfast at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena as part of the Television Critics Assn. media tour, Oliver said he was seriously considering staying the night. "Sarah Palin at a breakfast bar, I think my life could just be over at that point," he said. "There is a significant voice in my head that says, 'Check in and go to breakfast.' I'm sure she does a heavy breakfast with loads of moose-based bagels.
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