Describing itself as a fake news program, The Daily Show draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, and often, aspects of the show itself.
This year saw the “fake news” landscape shift in unexpected ways, with the departure of “The Colbert Report,” and the swift rise of John Oliver.
One of the most amazing aspects of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” is its ability to nurture, support and elevate an impressive group of comedians.
The Daily Show (titled The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 1999) is an American late-night satirical television program airing each Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central and, in Canada, The Comedy Network.
Each episode begins with announcer Drew Birns announcing the date and the introduction, "From Comedy Central's World News Headquarters in New York, this is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
The show's 2000 and 2004 election coverage, combined with a new satirical edge, helped to catapult Stewart and The Daily Show to new levels of popularity and critical respect. Since Stewart became host, the show has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, and its ratings have steadily increased. In 2003, the show was averaging nearly a million viewers, an increase of nearly threefold since the show's inception as Comedy Central became available in more households. By September 2008, the show averaged nearly two million viewers per night. Senator Barack Obama's interview on October 29, 2008, pulled in 3.6 million viewers.
The move towards greater involvement in political issues and the increasing popularity of the show in certain key demographics have led to examinations of where the views of the show fit in the political spectrum
This year was an eventful one for Stewart, who branched outside of the world of comedy with his directorial debut, “Rosewater.” More so than ever, people are wondering what “The Daily Show” looks like after Jon Stewart
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