December 20, 2013 |
It's a rare thing to see a comedian get turned into a blubbering mess of tears on national TV, but that's exactly what happened Thursday night as "The Daily Show" bid farewell to one of their own. Longtime correspondent (and recent fill-in host) John Oliver left the show this week to start his own comedy show on HBO. And as a way of sending him off in style, Stewart faked Oliver into thinking he was doing a comedy bit on nuts left around Buckingham Palace for the queen to snack on and then pulled a switcheroo and presented him with a "greatest hits" tribute.
November 1, 2013 |
Jon Stewart has a message for Fox News Channel: I tell jokes for a living, so stop using me to help prove your talking points. On Thursday's "Daily Show," Stewart ridiculed news outlets -- mainly Fox News -- for using his jokes about the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout as evidence that the country has turned against the Affordable Care Act. "If you've lost Jon Stewart you're in trouble," a Fox News host said in footage that Stewart played. "Don't use our joke as evidence that the thing you hate must be stopped because I'm sure when we joke about [something]
November 13, 2012 |
In the hours after David Petraeus' cheating scandal broke on Friday afternoon, a Jan. 25th appearance made by his biographer and alleged mistress Paula Broadwell on “The Daily Show” quickly began making the rounds online. Viewed with the benefit of hindsight, Broadwell's gushing interview is full of inneuendo: She praises the retired general's energy, talks about his speedy recovery after a pelvis injury and even suggests that he can “turn water into bottled water.” But no, in case you were wondering, Jon Stewart had no idea anything was up. In fact, he was mostly just distracted by Broadwell's toned physique.
May 14, 2013 |
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.
September 5, 2013 |
In his second night back on the air at "The Daily Show" on Wednesday, Jon Stewart continued to rail against the Obama administration's efforts at military intervention in Syria, taking particular aim at the president's unlikely ally, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The former presidential candidate took flak earlier this week for playing video poker on his smartphone during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the possible use of force in Syria. Like many other observers, Stewart was not impressed by McCain's apparent need to amuse himself during the tense discussions.
May 1, 2013 |
On Monday, Jason Collins secured his role in the history books as the first openly gay player in the NBA. Despite the perception of widespread homophobia in the world of professional sports, Collins' coming out, via an essay in Sports Illustrated, has been met with a chorus of support, including Kobe Bryant to President Obama. But on Tuesday's “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart was more reluctant to describe the news as a victory for the LGBT community. It's not that he has anything against gay people -- on the contrary --only that he saw some irony in the fact that many of Collins' fellow athletes are guilty of doing things far worse than being attracted to other men. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “All in all it's a pretty great day for major league sports.
September 18, 2012 |
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly will go head-to-head in a debate to be held in Washington next month, the pair announced Monday. In what will no doubt be the greatest exchange of ideas since the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, the hosts will face off Oct. 6 in a 90-minute event, dubbed the “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.” The conversation will be moderated by television journalist E.D. Hill, and Stewart and O'Reilly will also...
September 4, 2013 |
Jon Stewart returned to "The Daily Show" on Tuesday night after a three-month hiatus. And, except for the color on his face acquired under the blazing sun in Jordan, where he directed the film "Rosewater" this summer, it was as if he'd never left at all. The homecoming episode began with a gag in which John Oliver, Stewart's fill-in and "Daily Show" heir apparent, summoned the host from his dressing room, only to find him, well, transformed...
January 8, 2013 |
“The Daily Show” returned Monday after an unusually newsy holiday hiatus that included the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and the manufactured drama of the fiscal cliff negotiations. In his first broadcast of 2013, Jon Stewart chose to direct his attention at another big story that took place over the break: the failure of the outgoing House of Representatives to approve (or even vote on) a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Regular “Daily Show” watchers may recall a couple of years ago when Stewart launched a crusade against conservative lawmakers who were reluctant to provide health benefits for 9/11 first responders . Thanks in part to the public shaming, the bill eventually passed.
June 22, 2011 |
Fans of bombast and ideological purity welcomed one of their champions, Keith Olbermann, back to television this week. His first hour on Current TV on Monday made clear Olbermann will deliver the same raw meat his liberal fans so missed since he was run off by MSNBC. (On Ronald Reagan: "He's dead. He was a lousy president. And he helped keep Kadafi in power. ") The host's Current TV debut seemed to confirm another truth of the conventional wisdom, 2011 edition: that the winning formula for political talk requires perfecting a single ideological pitch and then throwing it over and over again.