Jon Stewart names final three ‘Daily Show’ guests

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Amy Schumer, Louis C.K. and Denis Leary Will Be Jon Stewart’s Final ‘Daily Show’ Guests.

“Remember, next week is our last week,” he said. “We’re going to have a ball, and I can’t wait to show my appreciation at all the support and enthusiasm that you guys have given the show all these years.” Before wrapping up his second-to-last-ever week as host of “The Daily Show” Thursday night, Jon Stewart confirmed his guest interviews for his final slate of episodes. Fellow comedians Louis C.K., Denis Leary and Amy Schumer will sit opposite Stewart in the lead up to his finale next Thursday, the Washington Post reports. You can’t say that about many performers, especially comedians working on a basic-cable channel that rarely drew more than a million viewers for any of its shows before him.

As Stewart revealed earlier this week during a “forced” Twitter Q&A, Leary and C.K. are his pals and are considered some of his favorite guests: “My favorite guests are my friends: Leary, Louis C.K., Colin Quinn. He took over the fake anchor desk at Comedy Central in 1999 at a time when social scientists regularly lamented the political apathy of young adults, and he made politics cool for millennials.

Multiple “Daily” alumni have gone on to host or star in their own programs, including Stephen Colbert, who hosted the Comedy Central program “The Colbert Report” and is now set to take over for David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show,” and John Oliver, who currently hosts HBO’s program “Last Week Tonight.” Stewart took a break from “Daily” before – during the summer of 2013, Mr. By the time of Barack Obama’s run for the White House in 2008, young adults had became a major electoral force thanks in part to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” That’s an impressive legacy as Stewart signs off Thursday amid legitimate concern over the state of political satire on TV with Stephen Colbert having decamped from Comedy Central for a more entertainment-oriented perch as David Letterman’s replacement on CBS come September. Oliver served as host for the program while Stewart was directing the film “Rosewater,” which was based on the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari and his time being imprisoned in Iran. But it wasn’t just an awareness of current events and politics, or even a prod to engagement in the political process, that Stewart offered his young fans. The show will last 50 minutes to squeeze in extra goodbye time, and Comedy Central will run a best-of marathon leading up to Stewart’s last episode on Thursday.

Those who checked out Noah’s Twitter account after he was announced as the next host found some old tweets that some called anti-Semitic, sexist, and racist. Noah himself recently discussed the controversy at a Television Critics Association summer event. “I don’t strive to be offensive,” he said. “But you can never control what people find is offensive or not.

In 2004, I was one of his biggest cheerleaders when he went after CNN’s “Crossfire,” a half-hour cable TV program built on partisan battle between a conservative and a liberal, and blew it up by telling the hosts, former Bill Clinton aide Paul Begala and conservative columnist Tucker Carlson, that they were “political hacks” and urged them to “stop hurting America” with their rancorous, show-biz shout-downs. His appearance came in October just before the presidential election, and in January, when a new chief, Jonathan Klein, took over CNN, he canceled the show, citing Stewart’s critique.

The appearance came at a crucial time, right after the second debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who had rocked a somnambulant-looking Obama in their opening face-off. Typical of the kinds of questions Stewart asked the president: “Would you say you have a stronger affirmative case for a second Obama presidency, or a stronger negative case against a Romney presidency?” Here’s a comedian who is more trusted by some young voters than many TV journalists. Right after a soft opening question, he gave Obama an open field to explain away his performance in the first debate and celebrate his victory in the second.

When Stewart asked Obama what advice he would “bequeath to future President Trump,” the president laughingly said, “I am sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. More recently, there was Stewart’s misdirection in belatedly dealing with the lies of another friend, Brian Williams, who was removed as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” Stewart’s tactic here was to rip the press for allegedly being more tenacious in covering the Williams scandal than it was in covering the Bush administration’s manipulation of public opinion during the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. That’s a regular dance he does when a story is too big to ignore, but he doesn’t want to attack the wrongdoer: He criticizes the media, particularly cable TV, for the way it covered the story.

Stewart’s other dodge when he’s called out on a misleading claim or attack, is to say, “Hey, I’m just a comedian.” Real journalists don’t have the luxury of ducking accountability that way. As many times as I have criticized Stewart in recent years, this farewell piece would be far more positive if not for the report from Politico last week that Stewart had met privately with Obama on two occasions in 2011 and 2014. They relied on him for an honest take on the news, and the president and senior staff know that.” Vega told the Times that it was “often remarked in senior staff meetings that he [Stewart] was the Walter Cronkite for the millennial generation. Had he been more even-handed in his takedowns and transparent in his relationship with the political figures he regularly critiqued, most critics would now be judging him strictly in cultural terms rather than partisan ones populating the Internet this week.

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