HUMOR AND POLITICS
Newsweek has an interesting cover story on comedian Jon Stewart.
“I heard Dennis Kucinich in the last Democratic debate say, ‘When I’m president . . . ,’ and I just wanted to stop him and say, ‘Dude‘.”
“We’ve got us a Democratic general!” he says, clearly elated about having Gen. Wesley Clark as his guest. “That’s like a gay black Republican. It’s a rare beast.”
“The Daily Show” has got everyone by the throat. The program won two Emmys this year–beating “Leno” and “Letterman”–and is becoming the coolest pit stop on television. And it does it the hard way. Unlike late-night talk shows that traffic in Hollywood interviews and stupid pet tricks, “The Daily Show” is a fearless social satire. Not many comedy shows would dare do five minutes on the intricacies of Medicare or a relentlessly cheeky piece on President George W. Bush’s Thanksgiving trip to Iraq (“A small group of handpicked journalists accompanied the president on his top-secret mission to tell the entire world about his top-secrecy”). His cut-the-crap humor hits the target so consistently–you’ve gotta love a show that calls its segments on Iraq “Mess O’Potamia”–he’s starting to be taken seriously as a political force. The Democratic National Committee announced this month that it plans to invite Stewart & Co. to cover its convention, amazing since “The Daily Show” is actually a fake news program. “This guy has great insight into life,” says Clark. “A lot of people listen to him. He has tremendous influence.” All that, and the guy’s on cable. Basic cable.