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 [...]
"The advice I give most often is, build a bridge to the next thing. When it’s solid enough, walk across it. Don’t go because somebody promised you this or somebody promised you that. You’re a star on SNL. That does not automatically mean you’ll be a star in everything else you touch."
- Lorne Michaels in a new interview with New York magazine about SNL, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon's upcoming late night turns, and how comedy has evolved over his 40+ year career.
"OLD MAN: Doctor, I can’t pee.
DOCTOR: Tell me, Mr. Moskowitz, how old are you?
OLD MAN: I’m 94.
DOCTOR: You’ve peed enough.
Believe me: It’s a lot funnier live. So is this one: Why didn’t Hitler drink? Mean drunk. Or the one about Feldman, who’s pulled over by a cop on the Long Island Expressway. Cop says, 'Sir, do you know that your wife fell out of the car a mile ago?' And Feldman says, 'Thank God—I thought I was going deaf.' But if you place classic jokes in the hands of outstanding comic actors, they become completely new." – Daniel Okrent in New York Magazine, explaining why, and eventually how, he brought Old [...]