1.  "As a comedian you should not be in rooms where the people you’re making fun of also are because you’ll realize, at the end of the day, they’re just people. You can’t risk having that kind of compassion infect your mission to attack. My solution to that is not to curve my jokes — it’s to not put myself in the same room as the consequences of those jokes. … A comedian is supposed to be an outsider. He’s supposed to be outside looking in. I don’t want to be at parties in D.C. with politicians. Comedians shouldn’t be there. If you feel comfortable in a room like that, there’s a big problem. That’s what is so concerning when you see journalists so comfortable around politicians — that’s a red flag. There should be a kind of awkward tension whenever a journalist walks into a room that politicians are in, because you should’ve done things that annoyed them in the past. It’s the same as a comedian. You’re no one’s friend.”

- John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight and former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


The full interview with John Oliver is here, so check it out!

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    "As a comedian you should not be in rooms where the people you’re making fun of also are because you’ll realize, at the end of the day, they’re just people. You can’t risk having that kind of compassion infect your mission to attack. My solution to that is not to curve my jokes — it’s to not put myself in the same room as the consequences of those jokes. …
     
    A comedian is supposed to be an outsider. He’s supposed to be outside looking in. I don’t want to be at parties in D.C. with politicians. Comedians shouldn’t be there. If you feel comfortable in a room like that, there’s a big problem. That’s what is so concerning when you see journalists so comfortable around politicians — that’s a red flag. There should be a kind of awkward tension whenever a journalist walks into a room that politicians are in, because you should’ve done things that annoyed them in the past. It’s the same as a comedian. You’re no one’s friend.”

    - John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight and former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    The full interview with John Oliver is here, so check it out!

    Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times

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  1. Malala Yousafzai at 16, is the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. If you haven’t seen her on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, watch it right away. View in High-Res

    Malala Yousafzai at 16, is the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. If you haven’t seen her on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, watch it right away.

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  1. Jon is back… though it wasn’t easy. Getting him back to “normal” took a little work.

    Jon Stewart returns to The Daily Show after his summer away in Jordan while directing his first feature film, “Rosewater.”

    Props to John Oliver for a solid summer behind the desk.

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  1. John Oliver has taken over hosting duties for The Daily Show while Jon Stewart is on leave filming a movie. In honor of the temporary switch up, today on the show we aired an edited version of an interview Terry did with him in 2010. Enjoy!

    The Daily Show | June 13th 2013

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    Jon Stewart is getting serious this summer. No, seriously: John Oliver is going to fill in for him as Stewart takes three months off from The Daily Show to direct a film. A drama, no less. It’s based on the book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival” by Maziar Bahari. Stewart wrote the screenplay and The Daily Show actually appears as an plot point in both the book and the script.

    New York Times ArtsBeat:

    A Canadian-Iranian journalist and documentarian, Mr. Bahari was jailed in Tehran in 2009 for four months, accused of plotting a revolution against the government. Shortly before his arrest, Mr. Bahari had participated in a “Daily Show” sketch, conducted by one of the show’s correspondents, Jason Jones, who was pretending to be a spy. Mr. Bahari’s captors used the footage against him.

    “You can imagine how upset we were,” Mr. Stewart said, “and I struck up a friendship with him afterward.”

    Mr. Stewart said he eventually read Mr. Bahari’s book and “because I’m naïve about the movie business” started to think about a film. He said he did not intend to also adapt the screenplay. “It just kind of happened,” he said.

    Here’s an interview with Maziar Bahari (in which he talks about The Daily Show incident) and one with Stewart.

    The Daily Show | June 7th 2011 [x]

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  1. Stephen Colbert on the parallels between Elvis Costello’s relationship with Bruce Springsteen and Colbert’s relationship with Jon Stewart:





[Elvis Costello] was trying when he was younger to try to write Bruce Springsteen songs — and that he really liked Bruce Springsteen’s sound. And he said, but then he eventually stopped doing that because he would try to write these songs like Bruce Springsteen and he would end up writing things that were a little bit wry, sardonic or even character-based. And they didn’t have that sort of sincere, anthemic quality that Bruce’s songs sometimes have. And that kind of blew me away, because he’s describing his relation to Bruce Springsteen kind of like my relationship to Jon Stewart. And Jon’s favorite artist is Bruce Springsteen, and my favorite rock artist is probably Elvis Costello. So there’s an odd parallel between Elvis’ evolution from what he was trying to do like Bruce and my evolution from what I was trying to do when I worked with Jon.




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    Stephen Colbert on the parallels between Elvis Costello’s relationship with Bruce Springsteen and Colbert’s relationship with Jon Stewart:

    [Elvis Costello] was trying when he was younger to try to write Bruce Springsteen songs — and that he really liked Bruce Springsteen’s sound. And he said, but then he eventually stopped doing that because he would try to write these songs like Bruce Springsteen and he would end up writing things that were a little bit wry, sardonic or even character-based. And they didn’t have that sort of sincere, anthemic quality that Bruce’s songs sometimes have. And that kind of blew me away, because he’s describing his relation to Bruce Springsteen kind of like my relationship to Jon Stewart. And Jon’s favorite artist is Bruce Springsteen, and my favorite rock artist is probably Elvis Costello. So there’s an odd parallel between Elvis’ evolution from what he was trying to do like Bruce and my evolution from what I was trying to do when I worked with Jon.

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  1. Stephen Colbert on the parallel between Elvis Costello’s relationship with Bruce Springsteen and Colbert’s relationship with Jon Steward:

[Elvis Costello] was trying when he was younger to try to write Bruce Springsteen songs — and that he really liked Bruce Springsteen’s sound. And he said but then he eventually stopped doing that because he would try write these songs like Bruce Springsteen and he would end up writing things that were a little bit wry, sardonic, or even character-based. And they didn’t have that sort of sincere, anthemic quality that Bruce’s songs sometimes has. And that kind of blew me away because he’s describing his relation to Bruce Springsteen kind of like my relationship to Jon Stewart. And Jon’s favorite artist is Bruce Springsteen and my favorite rock artist is probably Elvis Costello. So there’s an odd parallel between Elvis’ evolution from what he was trying to do like Bruce and my evolution from what I was trying to do when I worked with Jon.
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    Stephen Colbert on the parallel between Elvis Costello’s relationship with Bruce Springsteen and Colbert’s relationship with Jon Steward:

    [Elvis Costello] was trying when he was younger to try to write Bruce Springsteen songs — and that he really liked Bruce Springsteen’s sound. And he said but then he eventually stopped doing that because he would try write these songs like Bruce Springsteen and he would end up writing things that were a little bit wry, sardonic, or even character-based. And they didn’t have that sort of sincere, anthemic quality that Bruce’s songs sometimes has. And that kind of blew me away because he’s describing his relation to Bruce Springsteen kind of like my relationship to Jon Stewart. And Jon’s favorite artist is Bruce Springsteen and my favorite rock artist is probably Elvis Costello. So there’s an odd parallel between Elvis’ evolution from what he was trying to do like Bruce and my evolution from what I was trying to do when I worked with Jon.

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  1. We got a tiny shout out on The Daily Show last night. They played a clip from this piece on ants! View in High-Res

    We got a tiny shout out on The Daily Show last night. They played a clip from this piece on ants!

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  1. We woke up to the New York Times asking this question today:

    "Did the bill pledging federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders become law in the waning hours of the 111th Congress only because a comedian took it up as a personal cause?

    "And does that make that comedian, Jon Stewart — despite all his protestations that what he does has nothing to do with journalism — the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow?"

    As it happens Stewart, one of the more polarizing and relevant comedians of our lifetime, was a guest on the show earlier this year. As part of our ongoing series of the most entertaining interviews of the year, Fresh Air will re-broadcast Terry’s interview with the Daily Show host tomorrow. The conversation was recorded in September of 2010 in front of a studio audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and covered topics from Glenn Beck and Christine O’Donnell to his homelife and how the show gets made. 

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    Jon Stewart in Conversation with Terry Gross, Host of NPR’s Fresh Air
    Stewart cracks wise on 92nd Street Y, explains The Million Moderate March and discusses at length on why The Daily Show is not journalism.

    “…the march is merely a construct. It’s just a format…” Stewart allowed, “to translate the type of expression that we do…it’s a format to be filled with the type of material that Stephen and I do and the point of view.”

    The conversation continued with discussion about what it is that Jon Stewart and crew do on The Daily Show. According to Stewart, the work they do is all about using their instincts, making connections between news stories and then looking into it. Terry described it as journalism. “Nah, I don’t think so,” Stewart disagreed, “I think it’s called Googling.” Either way, Terry expressed surprise at the information she discovers on The Daily Show: “I often feel like, how come I had to find out about [an issue] on your show, a comedy show?!” “That’s funny,” Steward deadpanned, “because we often feel that way as well.”

    It’s an interesting perception, and one that Gawker’s Nick Denton, would probably agree with. In a recent interview, Denton was asked if what he does is journalism. “I don’t consider that to be a very interesting question,” he responded, visibly irritated. “Most good journalism is produced by people who don’t care about producing good journalism.”

    Video of Terry’s interview with Jon Stewart is now up. Thanks 92nd Street Y!

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    “Like everything that we do, the march is merely a construct. It’s merely a format, in the way the book is a format, a show is a format … to be filled with the type of material that Stephen and I do and the point of view [that we have]. People have said, ‘It’s a rally to counter Glenn Beck.’ It’s not. What it is was, we saw that and thought, ‘What a beautiful outline. What a beautiful structure to fill with what we want to express in live form, festival form.” — Jon Stewart during an interview with @NPRfreshair’s Terry Gross.

    Audio is now up for the Jon Stewart interview! Enjoy!

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  1. You’d be surprised at how easily I turn it off when I go home. … The kids and I, we watch The Wizards of Waverly Place, and I don’t think about it again. … The real challenge is when I’m at work, I’m at work. I’m locked in, I’m ready to go, I’m focused. When I’m at home, I’m locked in and I’m ready to go and I’m focused on home. We don’t watch the show. We don’t watch the news. We don’t do any of that stuff. I sit down, I play Barbies. And sometimes the kids will come home and play with me.

    — Jon Stewart, on how he separates work and his home life, in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air September 29, 2010 at the 92 Street Y

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  1. I’m less upset with politicians than [with] the media. I feel like politicians — the way I explain it, is when you go to a zoo and a monkey throws feces, it’s a monkey. But when the zookeeper is standing right there and he doesn’t say, ‘Bad monkey’ — somebody’s gotta be the zookeeper. I feel much more strongly about the abdication of responsibility by the media than by political advocates. They’re representing a constituency. Our culture is just a series of checks and balances. The whole idea that we’re in a battle between tyranny and freedom — it’s a series of pendulum swings. And the swings have become less drastic over time. That’s why I feel, not sanguine but at least a little bit less frightful, in that our pendulum swings have become less and less. But what has changed is the media’s sense of their ability to be responsible arbiters. I think they feel fearful. I think there’s this whole idea now that there’s a liberal media conspiracy, and I think they feel if they express any authority or judgment, which is what I imagine is editorial control, they will be vilified.

    — Jon Stewart, on the responsibility of the media, from his interview with Terry Gross at the 92 Street Y.

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  1. Jon Stewart, on Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell: “We like to sit around the office and we have a little game called ‘How  will the Democrats blow it?’ And that’s the way they’ll do it. They’ll  think somehow that that will resonate with voters, that 20 years ago  Christine O’Donnell on MTV said ‘Masturbation is a sin.’ And they’ll  play it, and they’ll ridicule it, and the voters will be like, ‘Yeah, I  don’t have a job.’ That’s how they’ll blow it.” (From an interview conducted September 29, 2010 at the 92nd Street Y with Terry Gross.) View in High-Res

    Jon Stewart, on Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell: “We like to sit around the office and we have a little game called ‘How will the Democrats blow it?’ And that’s the way they’ll do it. They’ll think somehow that that will resonate with voters, that 20 years ago Christine O’Donnell on MTV said ‘Masturbation is a sin.’ And they’ll play it, and they’ll ridicule it, and the voters will be like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have a job.’ That’s how they’ll blow it.” (From an interview conducted September 29, 2010 at the 92nd Street Y with Terry Gross.)

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Justin Timberlake: Could we not objectify Jon with all this cat-calling?

All in one photo: Monday’s guest: Jon Stewart. Wednesday’s guest: Justin Timberlake. View in High-Res

    allthegoodsouls:

    Justin Timberlake: Could we not objectify Jon with all this cat-calling?

    All in one photo: Monday’s guest: Jon Stewart. Wednesday’s guest: Justin Timberlake.

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