Jessica Williams returned to The Daily Show last night with a new investigative report on Detroit's water shutoff program, which targets the poorest residents of the near-bankrupt city while the government turns a blind eye to its many unpaid golf course sprinklers and professional sports team fields. Like Williams's segment on street harassment than last month, this report is way more rage-inducing than it is hilarious.
As part of his press tour for his new film Rosewater, Jon Stewart was forced to visit enemy territory over at CNN this weekend, where he had a perfectly awkward conversation with Christiane Amanpour about The Daily Show's many jokes at CNN's expense as well as his near-future plans at Comedy Central and the possibility of becoming a "regular" journalist: "I can pretty confidently state that I will not have my own 'Room of Situations.'"
"The longer I spent time on The Daily Show, standing in front of a green screen pretending to report from war zones and hot spots around the world—most often from somewhere in the Middle East—the more I began to realize that The Daily Show was radicalizing me. I was being allowed to express the outrage that had lain dormant in me since the aftermath of September 11. I was becoming a terrorist of comedy … I was learning to fire missiles of satire across the basic cable airwaves and blow the minds of a million people."
- Aasif Mandvi looks back on getting hired on The Daily Show and his [...]
In its 40 years of scouting talent from The Groundlings, Second City, and standup clubs, SNL has never felt any competition in the major leagues of comedy star-making. When The Daily Show debuted on Comedy Central in 1996, however, Lorne Michaels and company finally met their match, with stars like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Rob Corddry, and Ed Helms all carving out their niches on the mock news show. Over the summer these two worlds officially collided when The Daily Show poached SNL writer Michael Che and elevated him to onscreen status as its newest correspondent, only to see Che swap back to SNL to [...]
Jon Stewart has been hosting The Daily Show for nearly 20 years, but according to New York magazine, the Comedy Central host was aggressively courted to be the next Meet the Press host by NBC. While Chuck Todd has been the Sunday news show anchor for the last month, three "senior television sources with knowledge of the talks" told NYMag that NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart to take over the show first:
One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything" to bring him over. "They were ready to back the Brinks truck up," the source said. A spokesperson for [...]