Jon Stewart helps vets get into show biz

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jon Stewart Runs a Program That Helps Veterans Break Into the TV Industry.

The public recently learned about a boot camp where military veterans interested in the TV business have he opportunity to learn more and perhaps get a job in the industry.The New York Times reports that the longtime host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has developed the program over the last three years, but refrained from publicizing it until now, as he prepares to leave his show.

For the past three years, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been quietly running five-week-long boot camps aimed at getting interested war veterans into the television industry.Like many troops leaving the military, he was steered instead toward jobs in government agencies that offered preferential hiring or with big corporations that recruited veterans, and he assumed his hope of working in show business would remain only that. Stewart is speaking about the program now because of his upcoming “Daily Show” departure, according to the NYT, but the host has worked on the camp for the last few years. “This is ready to franchise. To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn’t being tapped,” Stewart told the Times. The program is a five-week boot camp that can be extremely useful to veterans, who are competing against twenty-somethings who have had years of low-level jobs and internships while soliders were overseas fighting for them. “It’s a creative industry, and they tend to see military people as a bunch of rule followers,” Karen Kraft, a board member of the Veterans in Film and Television group, said.

This is a way to give them that chance. [Stewart] Stewart has hired at least two vets for the show, and says they are “way less whiny” than most of his employees. In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court will once again issue a do-or-die judgment on ObamaCare, based on a legal challenge that supporters of the law say is nothing less than absurd.

Stephen Colbert, former host of the Comedy Central program “The Colbert Report” and future CBS “Late Show” host, has also embarked on efforts to support soldiers. For years the host built his audience by playing straight man to the often absurd truths of the global “war on terror,” serving up scathing satire on U.S. involvement in the Middle East in his longstanding segments “Mess o’Potamia” and “Crisis in Israfghyianonanaq.” At the same time, though, he has been an advocate for troops, visiting the wounded at hospitals, visiting Arlington National Cemetery and in 2011 doing a comedy tour of bases in Afghanistan. “I knew I had very strong opinions about what we were doing over there, and I wanted to visit the individuals who were part of the effort to gain a perspective on it,” Stewart said. “Most of all, I realized it was unbelievably hot, nothing but sand. Ewing of the Marine Corps also stated that action, like that which Stewart is taking, is what people need to do when it comes to helping veterans. “Oftentimes, the only acknowledgment I get is somebody handing me a handshake and saying, ‘Thank you for your service,’” Ewing said. “And I personally feel, if you are really grateful, go do something for a vet. It was not their fault if their state did not set up an exchange.” The four words, she said, were perhaps “inadvertent language,” adding, “I don’t know how else to explain it.” [The New York Times]

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