Jon Stewart signing off ‘Daily Show’ fake newscast for real

1 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amy Schumer, Louis CK among Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show guest.

After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News. Just ask Jon Stewart, who was called out by Rollins on Thursday night during The Daily Show for being a “corporate monkey” who plugs in too many advertisements during his show. “You sit there in your fancy chair and your fancy suit and you pretend to be a man of the people.Stewart said earlier this week that his buddies C.K. and Leary are among his favourite guests because, “I get to not work (and) f—k around with them for five minutes,” he said in a Twitter Q&A with his correspondents Hasan Minaj and Jordan Klepper. The truth is you will do anything to appease the corporate overlords.” The two men have a history together, and Stewart even made an appearance on WWE in March and went toe-to-toe with Rollins (Warning, the video below is a bit NSFW). The Trainwreck actress will lead off The Daily Show’s final week as Monday’s guest, followed by Leary and C.K. on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

We’re guessing there will be lots. ) “We’re gonna have a ball,” he promised the audience. “I can’t wait to show my appreciation for all the support and enthusiasm that you guys have given the show all these years. By June, when Donald Trump jumped into the presidential race, a giddy Stewart framed this jest-alluring candidacy as Trump’s going-away gift to him, “putting me in some sort of comedy hospice where all I’m getting is straight morphine.” When he took over “The Daily Show” in January 1999, Stewart’s simple mission was to host a program that would lampoon “real” newscasts and newsmakers they enabled. “I like keeping up with the news,” he told The Associated Press at the time, “even though I think it’s gotten so out of control. Stewart points out that Rollins is a part of the WWE branding juggernaut, which sells everything from sunglasses to sandals with his slogan on it, but Arby’s takes the majority of hits throughout the segment.

But that’s what I like about ‘The Daily Show’: It’s like checks and balances.” Always questioning authority – whether politicians, corporate titans, media barons or, of course, puffed-up journalists – Stewart did what satirists have done for centuries: He seized on the absurdity embedded in accepted truth. In 2010, he and fellow Comedy Central fake-news host Stephen Colbert even organized a rollicking “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” that drew tens of thousands to Washington’s National Mall. Americans, said Stewart in one of the telecast’s more serious moments, do “impossible things every day that are only made possible through the little, reasonable compromises we all make.” But reasonable compromises are what elected officials are loath to make in the present day; what news media dismiss in favor of spotlighting the more watchable bad behavior and conflict. “Wouldn’t it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative had to apologize for misleading America?” mused Stewart last March in reference to a certain cable-news network. On Aug. 6, Stewart, now 52, will step aside, making way for Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old stand-up comic from South Africa, to manage this nightly reality check as the nation dives headlong into the 2016 presidential election cycle.

And, after all, how much crazy can one man comb through night after night, searching for laughs, and retain his own sanity? “I honestly have nothing, other than sadness,” he said before sadly predicting that, even now, after yet another American atrocity, “we still won’t do jack––” to join together for a solution. If that’s the case, his fans can thank Stewart for his abiding and soon-to-be-missed role in bringing us the crazy with insight, clarity and, of course, loads of laughs.

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