Last fall, I was watching a new episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver with a few friends, the one featuring an exposé on civil forfeitures. Toward the end, one of my friends blurted out that he thought he got more out of Last Week Tonight than he ever got out of The Daily Show. Another friend agreed, but I wasn’t so sure. I mean, it’s a tough claim to make, especially if you’ve been watching The Daily Show for most of its run, like I have. How can you compare something that’s aired thousands of episodes, all of those revelatory segments that could feel like small revolutions were [...]
"My greatest joys on the show were trying to make Stephen break, or the other correspondents. Because you felt as though you had accomplished something somewhat Herculean. It's not easy to tickle those folks, but when it happens, you savor it."
- Jon Stewart looks back on making Stephen Colbert break character on The Daily Show in his Reddit AMA earlier today.
New York magazine has a lengthy and fantastic interview with Jon Stewart out this week that's a must read for Daily Show fans and longtime Stewart viewers who are curiously anticipating the release of his directorial debut Rosewater. The interview covers everything from the making of Rosewater to Stephen Colbert's 50th birthday party (Stewart calls the attending crowd a "love bomb") to Stewart's brush with NBC's Meet the Press to how much longer he plans to host The Daily Show.
On the risk of making his first movie:
But is it a risk at this point in my life? Yes, it’s very different from the forgiving [...]
While John Oliver was hosting The Daily Show last summer, Jon Stewart was hard at work on his first movie Rosewater based on the book Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari. The first trailer was released today, and the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Kim Bodnia, Nasser Faris, Haluk Bilginer, Jason Jones, and Dimitri Leonidas and is set for a limited release on November 7th.