It is a sad time for all of us in the media game: We are just one week away from the end of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Whose bits will we aggregate now? (Okay, John Oliver, but he’s only once a week.)
It’s actually kind of sad. Stewart is leaving just as the 2016 presidential race is heating up. And this year’s primary has already been hilarious thanks to the antics of one Donald Trump. Fortunately, Stewart — who has had some great Philadelphia jokes over the years — last night weighed in on Atlantic City’s most famous casino mogul. Read more »
Last night, FOX News legal correspondent (and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge) Andrew Napolitano showed up on The Daily Show for what is likely to be his final appearance. (He’s a decent guest. Jon has had him on a lot.)
Halfway through the interview (at the 4:35 mark of the video above), Stewart interrupts Napolitano to ask him if he was wondering whether a hot dog is a sandwich. As you know, we here at Philadelphia magazine — okay, okay, just me — are very in tune with the “is a hot dog a sandwich” question, having previously written about Tom Wolf’s declaration of a hot dog as a “sandwich … and a good one” (a bold position to take, first term). Read more »
The topic of the opening segment of The Daily Show last night was Garland, Texas, where, on Sunday, two gunmen opened fire at an American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) event offering up a $10,000 prize for the best drawing of the Prophet Muhammad. Jon Stewart offered some practical advice to the shooters and anyone who may want to follow in their footsteps in the future: “I can’t believe we have to reiterate this,” he said. “It is not okay to shoot other people because you are offended by what they draw. Even if they drew it to offend you—no shooting of them.”
But the shooters weren’t the only ones he went after. Philly sports fans took some heat, too, when Stewart compared them to “active anti-Muslim group” AFDI, which, as Huffington Post points out, “has repeatedly tried to provoke and offend Muslims in the name of free speech.”
“AFDI is a First Amendment group the same way people from Philly are sports fans,” Stewart said. “Ostensibly, they like sports. But really they’re just looking for an excuse to punch a stranger and pour beer on someone’s baby.”
Check out the full segment in the video above.
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Comedy Central finally released the name of Jon Stewart’s replacement on The Daily Show, and the announcement was met with a resounding “who?” Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African comedian, joined The Daily Show as a contributor just four months ago, and even fans of the show may have missed his segments if they weren’t tuning in every night.
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Looks like Jon Stewart’s not too happy with New Jersey’s settlement of the Exxon case:
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We suggested it before, but now a Quinnipiac University poll is backing us up: America wants Tina Fey to replace Jon Stewart when he steps down from his hosting gig on the Daily Show.
To come up with their answer, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,286 registered voters in the United States. The results:
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There has been a lot of shakeup in late-night television recently, and now we have another change: Jon Stewart announced yesterday he will leave The Daily Show this year. Stewart said he expects to leave sometime after July. His contact is up in September; he took over TDS from Craig Kilborn on January 11, 1999.
Stewart, a New York City native, has done features in Philadelphia from time to time on his show. He had extensive reports on two major political events in the city — the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2008 Democratic presidential debate and primary — and has sent correspondents to Philadelphia for various reasons over the last 16 years.
Here’s a collection of cool clips — commentary from Stewart and correspondents’ reports from the city — involving Philly from Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show.
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For his own sanity — and, perhaps, for ours — Jon Stewart couldn’t have picked a better time to announce he’ll be stepping away from The Daily Show.
To understand why, you only had to go back one night before his sudden, shocking Tuesday retirement announcement and watch Monday night’s episode of the show. The topic: NBC’s Brian Williams and his apparent record of mistruths when relating anecdotes about his experiences covering Iraq and some of the other big stories of the last decade or so.
Stewart’s take? Maybe lying is bad, but Brian Williams’ lies weren’t nearly as bad as … Dick Cheney’s lies.
You know. The ones from a decade ago.
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Jon Stewart isn’t impressed with Gov. Chris Christie’s handling of the Ebola crisis. Sample line: “I’ve got your altruism right heeeeere.” May not be safe for work, or maybe just your kids.
Over on the Philadelphia magazine news blog, they’re talking about Ryne Sandberg‘s claim that he got food poisoning from eating at Shake Shack in New York. This, needless to say, got Jon Stewart a little steamed and, as the man is wont to do, he turned his giggly rage once more on Philly, cheesesteaks, Rocky, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and the Phanatic.
It’s a solid rant. I particularly like the part toward the end when he cracks up and mouths how much he really likes our signature sandwich of “beef scraps” and Whiz.