Jon Stewart Is Helping Veterans Break Into TV Industry

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jon Stewart Has Been Quietly Running a Program to Help U.S. Veterans.

Jon Stewart has shown a great deal of admiration and support for America’s soldiers and veterans over the years (as well as going after people in government letting them down), and today, The New York Times highlighted another way he’s been quietly helping vets get into show business. Stewart ran the program in secret for three years, but it is becoming public as he is preparing to leave the show — because he wants other people to copy his idea. “It isn’t charity. The Times highlights the story of veteran Nathan Witmer, who wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and with the help of Stewart’s program, worked at Fox News before actually joining The Daily Show as an associate field segment producer. 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.

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. Stewart talked with the Times about encouraging more people in Hollywood to do the same, seeing the places where U.S. soldiers are fighting for themselves, and how hard it’s been for vets to get their foot in the door in the TV industry: “There are well-worn channels into this industry that are closed off to veterans. But after selling medical equipment for two years, he had the chance to join a five-week industry boot camp designed to bring young veterans into the television business.

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. To his surprise, it was run by one of the Iraq war’s fiercest critics, Jon Stewart, the longtime host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” “It was actually inspirational,” said Mr. The Australian neo-soul quartet and self-described “multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangsters” have created something magical with their sophomore release, “Choose Your Weapon.” The music is technically complex but emotionally direct, futuristic, but firmly rooted in the now. It’s a boundary shattering experiment that pushes the band into the ranks of artists like Thundercat, Flying Lotus and Jhené Aiko, who are leading the R&B renaissance. Reagan took office at a time when the public sector, after a half century of New Deal liberalism, was widely perceived as bloated and inefficient, an impediment to personal liberty.

The phenomenon may also be connected to a cultural divide that has kept quirky, left-leaning Hollywood and the high-and-tight world of the military from connecting. “Sometimes people want to apologize for being in the military out here; it’s so misunderstood,” Ms. — Ari Auber Renowned sculptor Robert Therrien uses both floors of the Contemporary Austin’s Jones Center to stage a stunning installation that will include a set of folding chairs and tables, all scaled nearly four times life-size.

Sublime yet also psychologically provocative, Therrien’s over-sized quotidian furniture sets up the transformative possibility of being in another world. 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 American 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,” Mr.

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