The Daily Show
Last night, The Daily Show criticized news outlets for failing to cover a credit default swap scheme by Blackstone Group that was first reported by Bloomberg News back in October.
The Daily Show dove back into the mayor’s race last night, delivering a rather brutal assessment of Republican Joe Lhota’s chances in the polls tonight.
After playing a news clip that described Mr. Lhota trailing Bill de Blasio by a huge margin in a recent poll, host Jon Stewart went on to list other equally dismal contests.
It may not have always been the case, but in the last couple years, Halloween has become as soul-sucking and joyless as that other, shrieking-harridan of a holiday, Valentine’s Day. Because we’ve forgotten how to have fun, really, in between all the politicizing of “sexy costumes,” the feminist screeds against (and occasionally, for!) skimpy clothing and Fox News fear-mongering that your baby is being dressed like a slut. It’s like, the best solution we’ve come up with to deal with the fact that ladies want to look good on Halloween but don’t want to be objectified is to fund a Kickstarter so next year we can all go as Baba Yaga.
The Daily Show weighed in on Tuesday’s election results last night, and celebrated mayoral winner Bill de Blasio’s “incredibly awesome family”–at one point donning an afro wig to try to be more like Mr. de Blasio’s famous son, Dante.
“Adopt me?” asked host Jon Stewart after playing a clip of the family on victory night doing their signature dance move, “The Smackdown.”
The mayor’s race returned to late-night TV last night, with both The Daily Show and Colbert Report offering their takes on next Tuesday’s primary.
Back at the helm after an extended absence, Daily Show, host Jon Stewart directly went after front-runner Bill de Blasio’s tall stature.
“How large is Bil de Blasio? Did that guy fall right off a bean stalk?” he asked, turning to assail Anthony Weiner for his controversies on the campaign trail.
The Daily Show’s fill-in host John Oliver held no prisoners tonight as he took ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner to task over his latest sexting allegations, skewering the mayoral wannabe for continuing to communicate with random women long after his resignation.
“Now, America is collectively experiencing déjà ewww,” declared Mr. Oliver, who dedicated nearly two full segments of the show to his take-down, aided by mock movie posters and racy props.
The Daily Show finally weighed in on New York City’s pair of politicians plodding their post-sex scandal electoral comebacks–and they didn’t exactly hold back.
During last night’s episode, fill-in host John Oliver mercilessly skewered former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, dubbed “Prostitute Johnson,” and former Congressman Anthony Weiner, nicknamed “Dick Pic McGee.”
I’ve long had a theory about why The Colbert Report is funnier than The Daily Show, and it has nothing to do with the conservative persona that the former’s host lampoons. It’s in the different approaches to comedy by those coming from a stand-up background–like Mr. Stewart–versus comedians coming from a sketch background. Mr. Colbert, a Second City alum, has always been a team player when it came to his Comedy Central spin-off, sitting in on writers’ room meetings and actively taking part in the collaborative process of creating his show. Meanwhile, Mr. Stewart ran his program with a “joyless rage,” with no writer left confused about who was in charge of the jokes.
Daily Show Democracy
His TV show’s set, his smile and even his hair look just like Jon Stewart’s. But Egyptian television host Bassem Youssef’s rights couldn’t be more different.
On The Daily Show on Monday night, Mr. Stewart came to the defense of his Middle Eastern alter-ego, host of the Egyptian satirical TV news show Al Bernameg (“The Read More
Occupy Wall Street
We here at the New York Observer don’t like to pat ourselves on the back too often (it’s definitely uncouth, and we’re nothing if not couth), but we couldn’t help feeling a surge of pride when Jon Stewart used the video we uncovered of Daily Kos’ Jesse LaGreca telling off a Fox News producer during his Wednesday night broadcast.
Of course, we’re only noticing this video now because unlike the “media-mocking-the-media-mocking-the-protesters” angle that Comedy Central took, we were actually down at the Megamarch on Wednesday and forgot to TiVo Mr. Stewart. Again, not patting ourselves on the back or anything.