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The Daily Show (the Book): An Oral History

by Chris Smith

ISBN: 9781478936558
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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.

Author Biography

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.

Review Quote

"Zippy, smart."-- New York (magazine)

Product Details

Author
Chris Smith
Short Title
DAILY SHOW (THE BOOK) 10D
Playing time
660
Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Language
English
ISBN-10
147893655X
ISBN-13
9781478936558
Media
Audio Product
Format
Compact Disc
Year
2016
Publication Date
2016-11-29
Subtitle
An Oral History As Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
Audience
General/Trade