Jon Stewart, busting balls in the mainstream media

Our love for Stephen Colbert is deep and abiding, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t also have room in our hearts for his former boss, Jewish friend, and Emmy cock-blocker, Mr. Jon Stewart.

Given that, we were pleased to find that New York Magazine saw fit to grace us with a nice feature story on Jon this past weekend. Although the themes aren’t necessarily new, Jon once again delivers with some funny and incisive quotes, covering everything from ball-kicking would-be senators to Glenn Beck to the proposed Stewart-Colbert rally.

America Is a Joke
The worst of times for politics and media has been the best of times for The Daily Show’s host—and unfortunately things are getting even funnier.
By Chris Smith Published Sep 12, 2010

It’s hard to top a kick in the nuts.

Especially when the kicker is Linda McMahon, the Connecticut Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Pure comedy gold.

. . .

Except that the goal here isn’t simply topping the kick in the nuts—it’s using the scrotum slam in the service of a larger point. Oh, Stewart & Co. enjoy a lowbrow laugh as much as the folks over at South Park; heck, next week they’re publishing a book that includes some excellent masturbation jokes. But Stewart and The Daily Show became America’s sharpest political satirists by aiming at least a little bit higher.

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Read the full New York Magazine feature on Jon Stewart here


(h/t shamskygirl for the link!)


  1. I really loved this article, and I had no idea that Stephen’s wife used to know Jon before he was famous! I especially enjoyed the bits about Jon brainstorming with the writers, I’m always curious about how they put the show together behind the scenes, and this article really brought it to life.

    Here’s hoping that rally gets off the ground, I can’t wait!

  2. It’s good to know that they’ve been discussing the “possible Stewart-Colbert public event” before the Restoring Truthiness petition even started. At least it doesn’t seem like they’re being “pushed” into doing whatever it is they’re going to do. And anything that would get both shows to collaborate with each other is fine by me. It’s going to be awesome!

  3. MaryLovesColbert says:

    I can’t wait to get home this evening and read this whole article! It’s been taunting me all day but I have other things to do!

  4. Good stuff. I’ve read before how much of the show is re-written in the hour or so before taping, but I’m always amazed at the producers’ consistency on the matter. Stewart’s show is something I can’t really do without. Not all of his jokes are perfect zingers, and not all of his crap-taco unveilings are easy to discern, but it’s hard putting together a program such as his four nights a week, every single week. He’s had his own cable program for political commentary longer than an overwhelming majority of other pundits who take command of the news cycle, for a reason.

  5. This was a fantastic article. I’ve always wanted to be a fly on the wall during a spitballing session with the writers of TDS or TCR, so the behind-the-scenes bits were really fun to read. Plus, the cover of that issue is totally frame-able. And it’s always nice to hear Brian Williams say that Jon is a “necessary branch of government.” :)

  6. That was a really great article. It’s cool that they go into so much detail- taking us out of the POV of TDS and the media to show us how its all relevant to everything else, and how Jon really sees it. It was somehow still interesting they called Stephen his protégé- maybe because the character wouldn’t like it. And, man, I’m tempted to grab a copy, just so I can see those pretty “blue-ish” eyes life-sized!

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