July 25, 2012 |
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.
July 20, 2012 |
On Thursday night, Jon Stewart added his voice to the growing chorus of criticism directed at Rep. Michele Bachmann and her campaign against Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton (as well as the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat). Late last week, the former presidential candidate and four other Republican representatives sent a letter to top intellgence officials urging them to investigate Abedin's alleged connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
July 18, 2012 |
Jon Stewart tends to be a liberal guy, but apparently there's one surefire way to bring out his jingoistic side: Pull the plug on Bruce Springsteen. As you may have heard, on Saturday night some killjoy bureaucrats in London cut off Springsteen's concert in Hyde Park just moments after Paul McCartney had joined the Boss onstage. The abrupt ending to the three-hour concert - a relatively short run-time for the famously vigorous Springsteen - infuriated fans and drew jeers far and wide . Even London Mayor Boris Johnson criticized the “excessively efficacious decision,” claiming “if they'd have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord!
June 29, 2012 |
On Thursday night, Jon Stewart took aim at the frenzied - and, it turns out, inaccurate - coverage of the Supreme Court's healthcare verdict. In recent weeks, cable news networks have devoted hours of breathless speculation to the verdict and its potential fallout. For most of the media, the big question Thursday wasn't what the Supreme Court would decide - most pundits had assumed it was a foregone conclusion that the court would knock some part of the law - but, as Stewart put it on “The Daily Show,” “Who would emerge from the chaos as the great champion of news first-iness?
June 14, 2012 |
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...
June 5, 2012 |
For the past three days, the residents of Great Britain have been joyfully commemorating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee with a series of huge public celebrations. Jon Stewart, however, isn't that impressed. On Monday's "Daily Show," the host devoted an entire segment to poking fun of all the pomp and circumstance -- and toCNN'sfawning coverage thereof. After a groaner worthy of the Borscht Belt -- “Sixty years on the throne? Get that woman some fiber!
May 7, 2012 |
Political cartoons have infuriated kings, crooks and captains of industry since the days of the penny press in 19th century England. In a new video produced by two talented Los Angeles Times staffers, Armand Emamdjomeh and Don Kelsen, I describe how I carry on this satirical tradition in a world of iPads and online news. Please check it out . One thing I may not have stressed enough in the video is the work that comes before dreaming up ideas and doing drawings. I learned about that early from one of the masters, Paul Conrad.
April 11, 2012 |
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Leave it to "The Daily Show"host Jon Stewart to express the collective shock over Facebook paying $1 billion for Instagram. “What is Instagram?” Stewart asked. When told it's a mobile app that makes your photos look like they were taken with a Polaroid, he's even more baffled at the blockbuster price tag. “A billion dollars of money? For a thing that kind of ruins your pictures?” he exclaims. “The only Instagram worth a billion dollars would be an app that instantly gets you a gram.” Stewart turns to his senior youth correspondent Jessica Williams to explain yet another technology story that makes absolutely no sense to him. “How in god's name is that worth a billion dollars?
January 13, 2012 |
After hinting that he might jump into the South Carolina presidential primary race, satirist Stephen Colbert on Thursday moved one step closer to becoming a presidential candidate, declaring the formation of an “exploratory committee” and turning over his super-PAC to fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart. The move is largely symbolic - Colbert missed the Nov. 1 deadline to join the GOP primary ballot and has not qualified for the ballot in any other states. It's unclear how he plans to win votes in South Carolina, where write-in votes “are not allowed in political party primaries or for president and vice-president," according to the South Carolina State Election Commission.
December 6, 2011 |
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.