The Daily Show (The Audiobook): An Oral History as Told

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If you asked me who I missed more, Jon Stewart or my deceased mother, I'd have to stop and think before answering.

I started watching Jon in college, during the '04 election. I thought the war in Iraq was shady and amoral, but the Republican mantra (at the time, anyway) was that disagreeing with the President made you unpatriotic. Jon Stewart was the only one I saw actually challenging that idea. I consider him one of most important factors in my understanding of the world and I have so much respect for him and the way he did his show. He was always so smart and thoughtful and exacting on top of being ridiculously funny.

I didn't become a serious devotee until after graduation, though, probably in early 2007. At that point, I threw myself into it: I once drove from Philly to Atlantic City and back in the same night to see him do stand-up, and I drove to DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity with a raging hangover from the Halloween party my roommates hosted the night before. I bailed on a night out with coworkers in Toronto to sit alone in my hotel room and watch his final show. I feel significantly less informed now that he's not on the air.

This book seems to be flying under the radar a bit. I only heard about it a few weeks before its release, a blip in a Vulture monthly roundup, and I think that's the only press I've seen. Almost none of my Goodreads friends have shelved it, which seems odd. It's not even available at my local library system (just outside DC, the selection is usually not particularly limited). I was grateful to have received it as a Christmas gift.

So it's not making headlines, but any fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show ought to check this out. Oral histories can be tricky. They're often lax about providing context and sometimes assume the reader already knows a lot about the topic, but this was incredibly comprehensive. They talked to everyone, with the notable exception of Wyatt Cenac, and they talk about everything, including the Wyatt Cenac stuff. They went into the good, the bad, and the ugly, and it seemed like they were trying to be fair and honest about the bad and the ugly. Except for Wyatt, they got all the sides of the stories. And they left no story out. This book was filled to the brim with facts and tidbits I didn't know and it made me giggle relentlessly. It was so enjoyable that I read all 400 pages in a day and a half.

But, really, what I loved most was remembering all the funny bits from over the years--I can't believe I forgot about the Gitmo puppet. I wish they'd do a follow-up book about The Colbert Report, because I might miss that show more than Jon Stewart and my mother combined.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch a bunch of clips on YouTube.


Category: Adults, Humor

For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage.
Expand text… It launched the careers of some of today’s most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the show’s behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie will be chronicled by the players themselves, from legendary host Jon Stewart to the star cast members and writers-including Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Jessica Williams, John Hodgman, and Larry Wilmore-plus some of The Daily Show’s most prominent guests and adversaries: John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and many more.

This oral history takes the reader behind the curtain for all the show’s highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central’s underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart’s long reign to Trevor Noah’s succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics-a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.

Through years of incisive election coverage, Jon Stewart’s emotional monologue in the wake of 9/11, his infamous confrontation on Crossfire, passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, feuds with Bill O’Reilly and Fox, the Indecisions, Mess O’Potamia, and provocative takes on Wall Street and racism, The Daily Show has been a cultural touchstone. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show’s seminal moments come together to share their memories of the last-minute rewrites, improvisations, pranks, romances, blow-ups, and moments of Zen both on and off the set of one of America’s most groundbreaking shows.

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