The Daily Show: Still Awesome

I’ve been thinking a bit about The Daily Show lately. I’ve been watching it for something like 6 years now, and I’ve been finding myself impressed on a constant basis by the show.

The Daily Show is undoubtedly the best source for common sense news right now. It is first and foremost a comedy program, yet it manages to point out the ridiculousness and stupidity of our society on a regular basis. It is a wickedly clever satire that mocks the parts of life that need mocking, and effectively acts to point out how surreal society has managed to become. It is sometimes rude and crass, and is not above juvenile humor and jokes if it swerves the point that is being made. Yet even as is makes fun of all parts of the political spectrum and life, there is an underlying sense of common sense and hope that permeates throughout.

One of the most interesting things about The Daily Show is that it manages to provide the most fair and level headed news coverage, despite the fact that it is a sarcastic take on the news. Yes, Jon Stewart often takes the liberal side on debates. However, that doesn’t stop him from pointing out fault with Democrats just as readily as Republicans. And he manages to be polite and engaging with his guests, no matter what their political stance it.

In fact, that is one thing that has amazed me about Jon Stewart over the years. The evolved legitimacy of the show has made it so that Jon interviews heads of state and billionaires on UN committees just as often as he does vapid celebrities and political pundits. He always manages to have a good series of questions ready, and doesn’t shy away from asking hard questions. He’s not afraid to be academic as well as thought provoking, but can easily slip back into silliness in a heartbeat.

All in all, The Daily Show has transformed from a Comedy Central news spoof into a legitimate news source that manages to find humor and the ridiculousness in life on a regular basis. I’ve seen Jon Stewart offer the President of Pakistan a Twinky during a tense time of war while interviewing a controversial head of state. And that is enough to endear me for life to the show and its host.

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2 Responses to The Daily Show: Still Awesome

jason
Commented:  20 March 2011 at 8:47 pm()

Adding Larry King as a contributor will be a good thing, he is actually funny, and amazingly its not the just the suspenders. Working nights at DISH Network, I relegate all my Daily Show Colbert report to my DVR, which is ok, at least I can skip through commercials, and my HD package is free, so I can see that great HD picture with any top package, but I think Larry King might be one of the only people who don’t look better in HD.

RandyTBernstein
Commented:  26 May 2011 at 9:12 pm()

Daily show is terrible, it’s only appealing to douchey hipsters who think they have their finger on the pulse of politics. The show is less comedy and more preachy. Stewart gets away with his ignorance with “We aren’t news we are comedy”. The comedy is only provided when Stewart gets a head full of steam and actually thinks he’s making a difference with his “patriotic” rambling. He cries like a little girl when someone makes a point that he disagrees with, then attacks them with vulgarity until his audience isn’t even laughing, but instead cheering like a bunch of clan members at a KKK rally. His overblown ego truly shows what kind of person he is, a narcissistic megalomaniac. The show in it’s entirety is a 30 minute love fest between this idiot and Obama. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with liking Obama, he’s a fantastic basketball player, but Stewart might as well hop on his junk and get it over with. The show highlights how uneducated today’s young people actually are.

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