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The Daily Show: Great Satire, Or Just The Best Way Of Watching News

Updated on July 12, 2014
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Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Source

The Daily Show: Overview

The Daily Show started airing in 1996 on Comedy Central and was initially hosted by Greg Kilborn. Under Kilborn, the late-night satirical show dealt with more human interest stories, but all that changed when Kilborn left in 98' and was replaced by Jon Stewart. From then on, the show officially became The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and took on the political tone that has made it one of the most popular shows of its genre.

The show's venture into political satire has made it a favourite among the young and well-educated masses - mostly, liberal democrats and independents. Subsequently, the show has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as 2 Peabody's. Thus, it isn't surprising that Jon Stewart has become one of the most influential figures in the media; even though, his show is primarily categorized as comedy.

The show has also led to a spin-off called The Colbert Report, hosted Stephen Colbert - a former correspondent.

Some of the Awards Won

Award Won
2003 - 2012
Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
2001, 2003 - 2006, 2009 and 2011 - 2012
Primetime Emmy
Outstanding writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series
2000 & 2004
For Indecision coverage

Satire Unleashed

The Daily Show is fun to watch.... Certainly,the best way to watch politicians make a fool of themselves without having the urge to switch off or smash your TV. Jon Stewart and his correspondents expertly exploit the many blunders made by politicians, and to great effect!

The last three US elections have been like manna from heaven for the show's writers. Politicians just can't help but talk themselves into trouble. Moreover, the last Republican Presidential nomination race provided a field of candidates prone to enormous missteps.

Herman Cain's ill-advised 3-page bill proposition and Rick Perry's famous debate blunder that put paid to his presidential hopes were just a few high profile incidents that must have kept the show's writers busy.

The show's best quality is its ability to expose the hypocritical nature of our politicians. A flaw that was very evident during the last US elections. Politicians tended to bend the truth in order to win over voters. Twisting the meaning of your political opponent's utterances seemed to be a popular way of discrediting them and in the process, winning yourself some political mileage.

It doesn't hurt that Jon Stewart surrounds himself with some of the best comedians as correspondents: John Oliver (Community), Ed Helms (Hangover Trilogy), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) among others.

The show provides a more humorous approach to news, and therefore, making our daily news more palatable.

Seriously speaking...

The Daily Show does strike a very serious tone behind all its satirical humour; especially, when dealing with political headlines. Jon Stewart and his team tend to have that amazing gift of simplifying seemingly complicated issues. Unfortunately, current leaders are having the opposite effect, and to the detriment of their followers.

Their coverage of the last two presidential elections has elevated The Daily Show into a serious news outlet. Moreover, the cast of guests invited onto the show has improved in terms of quality. The slow shift away from inviting celebrities looking for publicity to inviting political figures has been very apparent. From the US President himself to former Republican nominee hopeful, Herman Cain, the show's guest list shows how seriously people are taking it.

The show has suffered accusations of leaning towards the left and of being very hypercritical of the Republican party. Certainly, Jon Stewart's criticism of the Republic nominee field did very little to endear him to the Republican right. Jon Stewart counters all these accusations by stating a clear fact: Republicans just tend to offer more comedic fodder for the show's writers.

This conflict with the right is clearly seen in the scathing attacks Jon Stewart trades with the unashamed Republic mouthpiece that is FOX News. Thus, very few right-wing leaning political figures dare to venture on the show; that is, compared to their Democratic and Independent counterparts.

Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn | Source

A Case Of News And Humour

At the very least, The Daily Show is a fun and engaging show for all those who are fed up with the constant, continuous and tedious modern day news circle.

At the very most, the show provides a platform for viewers to receive a day's news in an unbiased manner. The show, considering itself politically neutral, tries to take an honest view on daily issues; amidst all the fun and humour.

The show also acts as a talent launching platform as seen through the careers of Ed Helm, Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) and Stephen Colbert.

Steve Carell
Steve Carell | Source

1. Steve Carell

Featured on the show from 1999 to 2005 before joining the cast of the successful US adaption of the Rick Gervais hit British comedy, The Office. He is now an established Hollywood star with such movies as Anchorman, Little Miss Sunshine,Despicable Me, Date Night and Get Smart.

Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Source

2. Stephen Colbert

After nine years, Stephen moved in next door as the host of the Colbert Report. He is set to takeover from David Letterman on the 'Late Show'.

3. Ed Helms

Most will recognize from the hit comedy trilogy, The Hangover. Before his Hollywood, Ed Helms had a four year stint on the show. The comedian then landed part on The Office 'US' alongside another Daily Show alumni in Steve Carell.


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    • Alphadogg16 profile image

      Kevin W 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Actually its both in my opinion, its a very funny satire and a good way to watch the news. I love that show. Thumbs up on your Hub underthedome.


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