The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
- 20 Seasons
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is a late-night comedy, airing on Comedy Central, which lampoons political news as well as the news media. The self-proclaimed "fake news" show is presented as a satire of a national evening newscast. The host, Jon Stewart, assumes the anchor role as he delivers a humorous take on the day's news followed by an interview with a celebrity guest, usually from the worlds of politics and media. Among the show's well-known guests are Barack Obama, John McCain and LeBron James. During the show, Stewart often throws to fake correspondents who humorously pretend to report on news stories from all over the world. Current correspondents include John Oliver, Aasif Mandvi and Wyatt Cenac. Popular recurring segments include "Indecision," the show's fake election coverage, and "Your Moment of Zen," funny real-life video clips which close each episode. Stewart was already a well-known stand-up comedian and TV host when he took over the Daily Show anchor chair in January 1999. He first came to national attention as the host of Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater and MTV's You Wrote It, You Watch It. Later, he hosted the syndicated Jon Stewart Show and appeared in several films. Before Stewart took the helm, The Daily Show was hosted for two years by former ESPN anchor Craig Kilborn. When Kilborn left at the end of 1998, the show became less focused on general pop culture and more on politics. Since working on the The Daily Show, several regulars have launched successful entertainment careers. Film stars Steve Carell, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle all first gained notoriety on The Daily Show. So did Stephen Colbert, the popular host of the show's spin-off, The Colbert Report. The longest running program on Comedy Central, The Daily Show has received extensive critical praise. New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani said the show "has earned a devoted following that regards the broadcast as both the smartest, funniest show on television and a provocative and substantive source of news." Even Ryan Chittum, of the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review, once called Stewart "the most incisive cultural critic in the land. Period." To date, the show has won numerous Emmy, Grammy and Peabody awards. The show also has been recognized by the Television Critics Association, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Directors Guild of America and many additional notable organizations.