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

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

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.

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  • If you asked me who I missed more, Jon Stewart or my deceased mother, I'd have to stop and think before answering.I started watching Jon in college, during the '04 election. I thought the war in Iraq ...

  • Audio. A compilation of interviews, etc that provide a history of The Daily Show.I LOVE Jon Stewart!!!!!!!My admiration for his intelligence, humor, courage,honesty, morality and his entire personhood...

  • I don't listen to audiobooks too often, but an oral history, of all things, seemed a good way to include some different formats in my reading year. I wish I had enjoyed this more, and I think the pote...

  • This book was a lot of fun!It seems like everyone that was ever part of the show as far as on-air personalities or behind the scenes people were interviewed here. However, many of the guests-friendly ...

  • Disclaimer: I really love Jon Stewart. Like really really love him. My political awakening and my subsequent views were shaped by him and The Daily Show. Thus, this review will be blatantly biased. Yo...

  • Words can not describe how much I miss Jon Stewart, or how happy I was to see him on with Colbert during the conventions. I miss him so, so much. I selfishly wished he was still behind the desk on The...

  • I was expecting to laugh, which I did, but I wasn't expecting to be moved, and this book definitely managed to do that! ...

  • Really fun read. It gave me some additional insights on the history of TDS. I would strongly recommend it to fans of the show, and with equal strength, not recommend it to anybody else. Great reminder...

  • Interesting, and you can believe every testimony, but really dragged....

  • The inevitable success often seems inevitable only in retrospect.The Beatles were this provincial guitar band until they weren’t. “All in the Family” had been rejected by ABC before it became, i...

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