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The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

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The complete, uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as told by its correspondents, writers, and host.

For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedian
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Published November 22nd 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
If you asked me who I missed more, Jon Stewart or my deceased mother, I'd have to stop and think before answering.

I started watching Jon in college, during the '04 election. I thought the war in Iraq was shady and amoral, but the Republican mantra (at the time, anyway) was that disagreeing with the President made you unpatriotic. Jon Stewart was the only one I saw actually challenging that idea. I consider him one of most important factors in my understanding of the world and I have so much resp
Brandon Forsyth
I don't listen to audiobooks too often, but an oral history, of all things, seemed a good way to include some different formats in my reading year. I wish I had enjoyed this more, and I think the potential for this was huge, but the problems here all boil down to a single massive problem: you've got actors reading lines. My first question when I saw this was, "Is it voiced by the actual comedians and writers?" and when I saw that it was not, I should have trusted my gut instinct that this was a ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Audio. A compilation of interviews, etc that provide a history of The Daily Show
.I LOVE Jon Stewart!!!!!!!My admiration for his intelligence, humor, courage,honesty, morality and his entire personhood is unbounded.
The book is long but never boring-read blurb for all it goes into. It was comprehensive and AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS IMO, if Abraham Lincoln, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders had a child it would be-Jon Stewart! How's that for over the top expression of my est
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun!

It seems like everyone that was ever part of the show as far as on-air personalities or behind the scenes people were interviewed here. However, many of the guests-friendly to the show or not, were also interviewed, which made the book all the more interesting.

I learned a lot about the dynamics of the show and how it worked. I learned about who was not happy there and who was. I learned that Jon Stewart paid people out of his own pocket for as long as he could when the
Disclaimer: I really love Jon Stewart. Like really really love him. My political awakening and my subsequent views were shaped by him and The Daily Show. Thus, this review will be blatantly biased.

You've been warned.

For someone who's a part of a generation that grew up during the late-90s and early-2000s, a generation who's first real news and tragedy was 9/11, who saw the fear-mongering of the Bush administration and the way-too-meek-counter-response of the Democrats, it is hard to overstate t
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Words can not describe how much I miss Jon Stewart, or how happy I was to see him on with Colbert during the conventions. I miss him so, so much. I selfishly wished he was still behind the desk on The Daily Show during this complete clusterfuck of an election season, but I am glad he was not, in the end. He was so passionate and angry for 16 years, his brain might have actually exploded if he had to report on this shit every night.

I wonder how different the show might feel had John Oliver gotten
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting to laugh, which I did, but I wasn't expecting to be moved, and this book definitely managed to do that!
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The inevitable success often seems inevitable only in retrospect.

The Beatles were this provincial guitar band until they weren’t. “All in the Family” had been rejected by ABC before it became, in almost the same form, the dominant show of the 1970s for CBS. And Jon Stewart was a standup comic taking over a marginal fake-news cable show until he became JON STEWART and the show became, of course, “The Daily Show.”

“The Daily Show (The Book)” is an oral history, ably compiled by Chris Smith, about t
Adam Bender
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of the show, I expected to like this book. But I didn't anticipate how interesting it would be from a historical perspective. The book takes readers through many major historical events, including several elections, 9/11 and major shootings, showing Jon Stewart and his crew figure out how to cover them as both comedians and people dedicated to exposing truth. And of course it also gets into a lot of internal politics, including a rough transition from the Kilborn era and some other dram ...more
I've always wondered what when on behind the scenes of The Daily Show. This was my opportunity to find out.
This behind the scenes at the Daily Show has all the recognizable name correspondents and many only famous only if you are a credit reader. The number of people who took time to help write this book is a tribute to Jon Stewart and the show itself. The show evolved over Stewart's leadership. I always thought Stewart was a mensch. This book proves it.
I moved to Washington, DC in 2008, and moved to a Maryland suburb in 2016. In nearly ten years, the only March or Rally I've ever attended was when Jon Stewart showed up to try and restore sanity in 2010. I couldn't hear a thing, but it was amazing. The sensibilities of The Daily Show and Colbert Report were so refreshing, and I had forgotten how great they were at what they did. This book made me feel nostalgic, and also helped me to appreciate how much work and commitment by an entire staff we ...more
Fernando  Hoces de la Guardia
Really fun read. It gave me some additional insights on the history of TDS.
I would strongly recommend it to fans of the show, and with equal strength, not recommend it to anybody else.

Great reminder of what the show was about, but I am not sure there is a general message for non-die-hard fans. In that sense, it feels like a wasted opportunity,
as the show itself had a strong general message of healthy skepticism of the media and strong call for action in politics and life.
Anna Kander
The book is a history of a (fake) news show, which means that the book is basically a history of American politics and pop culture from the 1990s to the present. It carried me back through painful moments as well as laughs, making the book a more emotional experience than I expected. The book balances funny bits from the show with commentary from the writers' room. As a fan of comedy writing--and as a politics junkie forever falling off the recovery wagon--I adored this book.
Toni Kief
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting, and you can believe every testimony, but really dragged.
Chris Dietzel
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed listening to the audiobook of this a lot. I must have looked silly while I worked out because listening to some of the cast recount old stories would make me laugh for no apparent reason to those around me. Anyone who liked the show would enjoy this. Even as a long time fan of the show I learned a lot.
Much like the Daily Show itself, this recounting starts slowly and then builds to have greater impact.

Although everyone keeps trying to downplay its impact -- not the least Stewart himself -- there's no getting around the fact that the Daily Show under Jon Stewart's guidance became a cultural touchstone and an important player in American politics.

The book goes into the behind-the-scenes politics and personality plays that formed The Daily Show, as well as some of the purely technical aspects of
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
If you want to read this, listen to it. I don't think I could have gotten as far reading it. This is an interesting account of how The Daily Show became what it was under Jon Stewart. I ultimately lost interest 2/3 of the way through in hearing more about the lives of overworked, busy New Yorkers. This made me glad to live a slower pace in the Midwest.
Peter Knox
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I credit TDS with my political awakening, watching most nights in college at 11 before starting my homework. Then I moved to NYC and found myself lucky enough to see three live tapings, including the last ever Jon Stewart show.

And so this oral history was made for me as it covered all of the Jon Stewart years, taking over after Craig Kilborn, the rough transition that followed, how they established themselves differently, and finding their voice during the Bush years, all the way through contrac
Marcel Driel
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zondag met Lubach, Last Week Tonight met John Oliver, The Daily Show met Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee en The Colbert Report, geen van deze programma's zouden hebben bestaan zonder The Daily Show met Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show (The Book) is niet alleen een verslag over de opkomst van satirische, politieke televisie in het algemeen, en The Daily Show in het bijzonder, het is ook een relaas over hoe de media het politieke narratief bepalen (en in sommige gevallen polariseren). De ges
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
**I received this book free of charge via a Goodreads giveaway**

Sadly, I did not finish this book. The Daily Show is one of my favorite TV shows and I was sad when Jon Stewart left. I was looking forward to reading this book and was thrilled when I won a copy. This book is written as an oral history--there is no prose narrative. Different people associated with the show provide anecdotes. I would not have minded this format accept the anecdotes did not create a cohesive narrative. It was interes
Stacia McGourty
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!

First, it's a great behind the scenes look at The Daily Show and everything that went into putting it on the air. I've watched off and on since 1996, and I remember when the show was primarily entertainment news. Jon Stewart really put his stamp on that show. He infused it with direction, a point of view, and nurtured talent. The Daily Show had a strong history of finding new talent, promoting from within, and letting people go to meet new challenges. Given everything I've l
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really good, thorough oral history of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. There's a little information about Stewart's career prior to the Daily Show and a little information about Craig Kilborn's run, but the book really begins where Stewart took over the show and goes from t here. It illuminates a lot of behind-the-scenes issues, inner workings of the show, and clearly illustrates how Stewart's particular style and perspective changed the show and, really, the landscape of American political comm ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars...but I'm rounding up's The Daily Show and I miss Jon Stewart. I loved the way the book told the story in the timeline from when it started to when it ended with the actual people telling the story. I loved the quotes and first hand accounts from the people that worked on it. It is a little long...but it is entertaining. There are things I had forgotten about. If you are a Jon Stewart/The Daily Show fan this is a must read book for you.
Debra Komar
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, rounded up

Love Jon Stewart and loved the show he created. This is an interesting approach - a series of interviews with the key players that creates a time line of the show from conception to completion. It isn't funny (although I did laugh out loud at a few of the transcript parts) but it is fascinating. They wisely (and maturely) choose to side-step a few of the controversial staff changes. No one gets bashed and everyone gets the credit they deserve.
April Pastis
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a gift from someone who knew I loved the Daily Show, but I loved the show for its humor and biting commentary, none of which is present in this book. Instead, the book is a collection of random comments about the in-fighting that went on behind the scenes. By the fifth chapter, I began using the book only to put myself to sleep. If you want to re-experience office politics, just go re-watch Office Space (it's still available on Netflix).
I would not recommend this book.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give something an infinite amount of stars. This show was everything to me and I miss him so much.
Mary Bird
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the love of Jon Stewart, read this damn book. It made me want to be 50,000,000x better at my job. This book is great.
Richard Jespers
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who watched Comedy Central’s The Daily Show for many years, this book is a joy to read. It allows one to revel in its hallmark moments, following the script as you remember watching it. As the title suggests, a panoply of people, in short bursts, tell this story. Smith has done an admirable job (à la George Plimpton in his biographies of Edie Sedgwick and Truman Capote) of threading together this massive narrative by way of individual recollections, sometimes contradicting or engaging ...more
Scott Martin
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
(Audiobook). A fun read/listen about one of the key comedic/political satire show of the modern era. The recent trend of compilations of oral accounts about a topic, particularly TV shows/networks continues here with the Daily Show. While John Stewart was not the original anchor of the show, he was on the show for 16 years, so the majority of the work centers on his actions and time. Additionally, you get perspectives and insights from a multitude of individuals, from key "correspondents" like S ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A great read--and fast, considering the size. Smith has interviews with pretty much everyone you'd want to hear from, including, impressively, some of the people Stewart went head-to-head with. I was pleased to get the side of Tucker Carlson, John McCain, and others from interviews I had thought I had forgotten...but apparently hadn't. (For the record, Tucker Carlson is still an awful person and somehow doesn't understand what Stewart was trying to say about Crossfire.)

The title of this book rea
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