The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests


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The complete, uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as told by its correspondents, writers, and host.

For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the show's behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie will be chronicled by the players themselves, from legendary host Jon Stewart to the star cast members and writers-including Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Jessica Williams, John Hodgman, and Larry Wilmore-plus some of The Daily Show's most prominent guests and adversaries: John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and many more.

This oral history takes the reader behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics-a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.

Through years of incisive election coverage, Jon Stewart's emotional monologue in the wake of 9/11, his infamous confrontation on Crossfire, passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, feuds with Bill O'Reilly and Fox, the Indecisions, Mess O'Potamia, and provocative takes on Wall Street and racism, The Daily Show has been a cultural touchstone. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show's seminal moments come together to share their memories of the last-minute rewrites, improvisations, pranks, romances, blow-ups, and moments of Zen both on and off the set of one of America's most groundbreaking shows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594888871
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 309,225
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Chris Smith writes about politics, sports, and entertainment. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Brooklyn.

Jon Stewart is a comedian, writer, actor, producer, director, bestselling author and former host of The Daily Show. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jon Stewart ix

Introduction to the Beginning xv

1 This Just In 1

2 Indecision 2000-The Sunshine Wait 27

3 America Freaks Out 69

4 Check Your Soul at the Door 83

5 Mess O'Potamia 103

6 Indecision 2004-Crasstastic! 121

7 Do You Have the Balls? 156

8 Midwest Midterm Midtacular 185

9 Not. The Daily Show 206

10 Indecision 2008-Clusterf@#k to the White House 215

11 In Cramer We Trust 233

12 Oh, For Fox Sake 249

13 Worst Responders 271

14 Anthony and Cleopenis 280

15 The Amazing Racism 301

16 Minarets of Menace 312

17 World of Class Warfare 325

18 Whoop-De-Doo 334

19 When Barry Met Silly 346

20 A Man Who Was on TV 384

21 Your Moment of Zen 403

Cast of Characters 413

Acknowledgments 431

Index 435

About the Authors 461

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The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really reminded me of all the years I watched The Daily Show, and it tells of what led up to some of the best moments from the show. Now it makes me really want to hear Jon Stewart's take on what has been happening since the one guy to make Bush jr look qualified stole the election.
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