Tag Archives: daily show

The Daily Show on Grisanti

28 Jun

The Daily Show on Grisanti’s marriage equality vote (about 2 minutes in):

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Jon Stewart on New York Pizza Culture

3 Jun

A lot of people wonder why I’m passionate about pizza. In a way, this video explains it. Happy Friday.

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The 10/30 Marches on Washington

17 Sep

I can’t decide yet whether I want to attend Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity“, which aims to “take it down a notch for America“, or Stephen Colbert’s “Keep Fear Alive“, where marchers will be “freaking out for fear,” or “notching it up a scoche”.  October 30th on the National Mall in Washington from 3 – 6.

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From Stewart’s site, something that seems directed at Buffalo’s angriest gubernatorial candidate:

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?

Seriously, who?

Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.

On the other hand, Colbert describes his rally thusly:

America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance.

As always, the best way to combat the creeping insanity and extremism in our politics is to make fun of them.

Glenn Beck at CPAC

25 Feb

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Jon Stewart Channels Glenn Beck

7 Nov

After a while, it stopped being parody, and practically became a carbon copy of the Dr. Beck Feelings Hour:

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Cutting the Bullsh*t

22 Aug

In the following clips, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart commits aggravated journalism in the first degree.  He doesn’t let anti-health-reform spokeswoman Betsy McCaughey get away with lies, prevarications, and nonsense, nor does he simply ask another pro-reform talking head to offer screamy rebuttals.

Instead, Jon Stewart did his homework, read the bill, became familiar with ancillary statutes and regulations, and obliterated McCaughey point-by-point.   And cracked jokes to boot.

If cable news actually did this sort of thing and, you know, demanded its reporters and anchors educate themselves on what the hell they were talking about, and actually called the truth the truth, lies lies, and didn’t just leave objective truth to something you should “decide”, then there’d be some value in it.  As it stands now, the overwhelming majority of American television journalism is to intellectual discourse what Cheetos® brand corn noodles are to nutritious food.

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Confusing Tyranny with Losing

9 Apr

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The Daily Show on Palin and Hypocrisy

4 Sep

It never ceases to amaze me that some of the best actual reporting on politics comes from guys who spend 90% of their time telling dick jokes.  It’s nice to see someone do a little digging to highlight hypocrisy when it happens.