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.
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.
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...
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.
July 31, 2012
Add Jon Stewart to the growing chorus of critics displeased with NBC's coverage of the London Olympic games . He opened Monday night's “Daily Show” with a segment blasting the network's decision to edit a moving tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London bombings out of the opening ceremony, only to replace it with Ryan Seacrest's singularly pointless interview with swimming champ Michael Phelps. Stewart praised the ceremonies, conceived by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, as an “incredible, cheeky at times, poignant spectacle,” but was infuriated by NBC's insensitive editing of them.
December 7, 2012 |
He smiled, he quipped that he felt like the friendly bartender, but Jon Stewart performed more like a relentless good cop. During a half-hour interview with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the late-night host pressed his subject like he was a friendly witness, but one with a serious consistency problem. During Thursday night's appearance on “The Daily Show,” the host asked the governor to explain how he could loathe President Obama one moment, then love him the next and how he could embrace federal aid in some cases (Hurricane Sandy relief)
October 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - In these turbulent days, Egypt is a political satirist's paradise - or minefield. Bassem Youssef is about to find out which. The country's most popular comedian, whose cause was championed by Jon Stewart when Youssef's scathing stand-up humor drew the wrath of Egypt's then-Islamist government, is scheduled to return to the airwaves Friday night after a more than three-month hiatus. And Egyptians are buzzing about what his take on an authoritarian-minded new administration will be. Youssef has vowed to pull no punches and spare no punch lines.
May 4, 2005 |
Seeking to capitalize on the success of its late-night franchise "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central said Tuesday that it had commissioned three late-night series starring comics D.L. Hughley, Adam Carolla and "Daily Show" regular Stephen Colbert. First out of the gates will be Hughley's "Weekends at the DL," a talk show that will air Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 p.m., beginning July 29.