The Daily Show (the Book)

The Daily Show (the Book)

An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

Book - 2016
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For almost 17 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 comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show's seminal moments come together to share their memories of one of America's most groundbreaking shows.--
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455565382
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 SM
Characteristics: xviii, 459 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Stewart, Jon 1962-


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JCLBryanV Jul 17, 2017

I love oral histories. When done right, the alternating perspectives on history can make for fascinating reading. (Two other recent standouts are "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution" and "Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests".) This attempt to cover the much-beloved Jon Stewart 'Daily Show' era is equally addictive. The contributors are open and honest, old battles are dissected, forgiveness is (sometimes) asked and (sometimes) granted. You will come away from this book with a deeper appreciation of how a show like The Daily Show evolves, the hard work involved and the tensions and betrayals that can derail friendships. You also get a glimpse of how extremely talented and creative people work with and against each other to achieve brilliance.

profdavis Jul 02, 2017

It is often pointed out that when US Presidents leave office they look like they have aged far more than the 4 or 8 years that have passed. When Jon Stewart left the Daily Show he looked like he had aged at least 30 years instead of 16. This book suggest to me that what really aged Stewart was having to go on camera after every new national tragedy and try to say something encouraging and uplifting. As much as I would like to watch Stewart's take on the Trump administration, this man has earned his retirement.

The book is done in the same style as Shales and Miller's 'Live From New York' about Saturday Night Live, consisting almost entirely of interview snippets with past cast and crew of the show. Unlike SNL, the Daily Show does not have a long gossipy history of drugs and backstage fighting. There are a few stories from disgruntled ex-staff, but most everyone who ever worked at the Daily Show appears to have loved it, and even the disgruntled admit Stewart deserves credit for what he accomplished. What he accomplished was taking a basic cable show with a frat boy comedy mentality and converting it into an amazingly influential vehicle for political satire.

Feb 25, 2017

I am a huge fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show in general, and this book was amazing. Even though I've only been a fan for a little over a year (and was a child during most of the major political events the show covered), I loved this look into how the show started and how it is run. I couldn't recommend it more if you love the show as much as I do.

Nov 30, 2016

The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History was a fantastic tell-all from the Jon Stewart years. It was great learning about the genesis of the show, and once they got around '05/'06, around the time I started watching daily, it was amazing to relive some of the moments I had forgotten about. Chris Smith does a great job presenting all the interviews from Stewart and former correspondents in a very coherent and readable way (which doesn't often happen in these "oral history" books). If you're a fan of the show, I couldn't recommend this more highly.


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