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 comedianThe 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 Wil plus some of The Daily Show s most prominent guests and adversaries John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and many .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.
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 bril

  • Title: The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
  • Author: Chris Smith Jon Stewart Oliver Wyman Jay Snyder Kevin T. Collins Chris Lutkin Robert Fass Lauren Fortgang
  • ISBN: 9781478936565
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Audiobook
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    1. 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 was shady and amoral, but the Republican mantra (at the time, anyway) was that disagreeing with the President made you unpatriotic. Jon Stewart was the only one I saw actually challenging that idea. I consider him one of most important factors in my understanding of the world and I have so much resp [...]

    2. 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 potential for this was huge, but the problems here all boil down to a single massive problem: you've got actors reading lines. My first question when I saw this was, "Is it voiced by the actual comedians and writers?" and when I saw that it was not, I should have trusted my gut instinct that this was a [...]

    3. 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 is unbounded. The book is long but never boring-read blurb for all it goes into. It was comprehensive and AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AUDIO VERSION GREAT!PS IMO, if Abraham Lincoln, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders had a child it would be-Jon Stewart! How's that for over the top expression of my est [...]

    4. 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 to the show or not, were also interviewed, which made the book all the more interesting.I learned a lot about the dynamics of the show and how it worked. I learned about who was not happy there and who was. I learned that Jon Stewart paid people out of his own pocket for as long as he could when the [...]

    5. 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. You've been warned.For someone who's a part of a generation that grew up during the late-90s and early-2000s, a generation who's first real news and tragedy was 9/11, who saw the fear-mongering of the Bush administration and the way-too-meek-counter-response of the Democrats, it is hard to overstate t [...]

    6. 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 Daily Show during this complete clusterfuck of an election season, but I am glad he was not, in the end. He was so passionate and angry for 16 years, his brain might have actually exploded if he had to report on this shit every night.I wonder how different the show might feel had John Oliver gotten [...]

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

    8. As a fan of the show, I expected to like this book. But I didn't anticipate how interesting it would be from a historical perspective. The book takes readers through many major historical events, including several elections, 9/11 and major shootings, showing Jon Stewart and his crew figure out how to cover them as both comedians and people dedicated to exposing truth. And of course it also gets into a lot of internal politics, including a rough transition from the Kilborn era and some other dram [...]

    9. I've always wondered what when on behind the scenes of The Daily Show. This was my opportunity to find out.This behind the scenes at the Daily Show has all the recognizable name correspondents and many only famous only if you are a credit reader. The number of people who took time to help write this book is a tribute to Jon Stewart and the show itself. The show evolved over Stewart's leadership. I always thought Stewart was a mensch. This book proves it.

    10. I moved to Washington, DC in 2008, and moved to a Maryland suburb in 2016. In nearly ten years, the only March or Rally I've ever attended was when Jon Stewart showed up to try and restore sanity in 2010. I couldn't hear a thing, but it was amazing. The sensibilities of The Daily Show and Colbert Report were so refreshing, and I had forgotten how great they were at what they did. This book made me feel nostalgic, and also helped me to appreciate how much work and commitment by an entire staff we [...]

    11. 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, in almost the same form, the dominant show of the 1970s for CBS. And Jon Stewart was a standup comic taking over a marginal fake-news cable show until he became JON STEWART and the show became, of course, “The Daily Show.”“The Daily Show (The Book)” is an oral history, ably compiled by Chris [...]

    12. 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 of what the show was about, but I am not sure there is a general message for non-die-hard fans. In that sense, it feels like a wasted opportunity, as the show itself had a strong general message of healthy skepticism of the media and strong call for action in politics and life.

    13. The book is a history of a (fake) news show, which means that the book is basically a history of American politics and pop culture from the 1990s to the present. It carried me back through painful moments as well as laughs, making the book a more emotional experience than I expected. The book balances funny bits from the show with commentary from the writers' room. As a fan of comedy writing--and as a politics junkie forever falling off the recovery wagon--I adored this book.

    14. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook of this a lot. I must have looked silly while I worked out because listening to some of the cast recount old stories would make me laugh for no apparent reason to those around me. Anyone who liked the show would enjoy this. Even as a long time fan of the show I learned a lot.

    15. Much like the Daily Show itself, this recounting starts slowly and then builds to have greater impact.Although everyone keeps trying to downplay its impact -- not the least Stewart himself -- there's no getting around the fact that the Daily Show under Jon Stewart's guidance became a cultural touchstone and an important player in American politics.The book goes into the behind-the-scenes politics and personality plays that formed The Daily Show, as well as some of the purely technical aspects of [...]

    16. If you want to read this, listen to it. I don't think I could have gotten as far reading it. This is an interesting account of how The Daily Show became what it was under Jon Stewart. I ultimately lost interest 2/3 of the way through in hearing more about the lives of overworked, busy New Yorkers. This made me glad to live a slower pace in the Midwest.

    17. I credit TDS with my political awakening, watching most nights in college at 11 before starting my homework. Then I moved to NYC and found myself lucky enough to see three live tapings, including the last ever Jon Stewart show.And so this oral history was made for me as it covered all of the Jon Stewart years, taking over after Craig Kilborn, the rough transition that followed, how they established themselves differently, and finding their voice during the Bush years, all the way through contrac [...]

    18. Zondag met Lubach, Last Week Tonight met John Oliver, The Daily Show met Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee en The Colbert Report, geen van deze programma's zouden hebben bestaan zonder The Daily Show met Jon Stewart.The Daily Show (The Book) is niet alleen een verslag over de opkomst van satirische, politieke televisie in het algemeen, en The Daily Show in het bijzonder, het is ook een relaas over hoe de media het politieke narratief bepalen (en in sommige gevallen polariseren). De ges [...]

    19. **I received this book free of charge via a giveaway**Sadly, I did not finish this book. The Daily Show is one of my favorite TV shows and I was sad when Jon Stewart left. I was looking forward to reading this book and was thrilled when I won a copy. This book is written as an oral history--there is no prose narrative. Different people associated with the show provide anecdotes. I would not have minded this format accept the anecdotes did not create a cohesive narrative. It was interesting to h [...]

    20. This book is amazing!First, it's a great behind the scenes look at The Daily Show and everything that went into putting it on the air. I've watched off and on since 1996, and I remember when the show was primarily entertainment news. Jon Stewart really put his stamp on that show. He infused it with direction, a point of view, and nurtured talent. The Daily Show had a strong history of finding new talent, promoting from within, and letting people go to meet new challenges. Given everything I've l [...]

    21. Really good, thorough oral history of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. There's a little information about Stewart's career prior to the Daily Show and a little information about Craig Kilborn's run, but the book really begins where Stewart took over the show and goes from t here. It illuminates a lot of behind-the-scenes issues, inner workings of the show, and clearly illustrates how Stewart's particular style and perspective changed the show and, really, the landscape of American political comm [...]

    22. 4.5 starsbut I'm rounding up because's The Daily Show and I miss Jon Stewart. I loved the way the book told the story in the timeline from when it started to when it ended with the actual people telling the story. I loved the quotes and first hand accounts from the people that worked on it. It is a little longbut it is entertaining. There are things I had forgotten about. If you are a Jon Stewart/The Daily Show fan this is a must read book for you.

    23. 4.5 stars, rounded upLove Jon Stewart and loved the show he created. This is an interesting approach - a series of interviews with the key players that creates a time line of the show from conception to completion. It isn't funny (although I did laugh out loud at a few of the transcript parts) but it is fascinating. They wisely (and maturely) choose to side-step a few of the controversial staff changes. No one gets bashed and everyone gets the credit they deserve.

    24. This book was a gift from someone who knew I loved the Daily Show, but I loved the show for its humor and biting commentary, none of which is present in this book. Instead, the book is a collection of random comments about the in-fighting that went on behind the scenes. By the fifth chapter, I began using the book only to put myself to sleep. If you want to re-experience office politics, just go re-watch Office Space (it's still available on Netflix).I would not recommend this book.

    25. If I could give something an infinite amount of stars. This show was everything to me and I miss him so much.

    26. For the love of Jon Stewart, read this damn book. It made me want to be 50,000,000x better at my job. This book is great.

    27. For those who watched Comedy Central’s The Daily Show for many years, this book is a joy to read. It allows one to revel in its hallmark moments, following the script as you remember watching it. As the title suggests, a panoply of people, in short bursts, tell this story. Smith has done an admirable job (à la George Plimpton in his biographies of Edie Sedgwick and Truman Capote) of threading together this massive narrative by way of individual recollections, sometimes contradicting or engagi [...]

    28. (Audiobook). A fun read/listen about one of the key comedic/political satire show of the modern era. The recent trend of compilations of oral accounts about a topic, particularly TV shows/networks continues here with the Daily Show. While John Stewart was not the original anchor of the show, he was on the show for 16 years, so the majority of the work centers on his actions and time. Additionally, you get perspectives and insights from a multitude of individuals, from key "correspondents" like S [...]

    29. A great read--and fast, considering the size. Smith has interviews with pretty much everyone you'd want to hear from, including, impressively, some of the people Stewart went head-to-head with. I was pleased to get the side of Tucker Carlson, John McCain, and others from interviews I had thought I had forgottenbut apparently hadn't. (For the record, Tucker Carlson is still an awful person and somehow doesn't understand what Stewart was trying to say about Crossfire.)The title of this book really [...]

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