Tag Archives: the daily show

 

Samantha Bee Is Watching You

What can we say? We have a terrible weakness for The Daily Show around here. And even though it’s your civic and comedic duty to watch it, we tune in too — so you don’t have to. Read more on Samantha Bee Is Watching You…
 

Jon Stewart’s Take on the Presidential Faux Pas

Our story about President Bush’s unfortunate exchange with L.A. Times reporter Peter Wallsten got picked up by many news outlets — both real and fake: It’s all in the delivery, isn’t it? Read more on Jon Stewart’s Take on the Presidential Faux Pas…
 

No Greater Indignity: The “Bad Day” Video Montage

Sucks to be you, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. First you get killed by a pair of 500-pound bombs.* Then you wind up on the front page of the New York Post, with a cartoon-style speech bubble emanating from your face. Read more on No Greater Indignity: The “Bad Day” Video Montage…
 

Dennis Hastert: Person With Feelings

Here’s an amusing clip from last night’s Daily Show. The best stuff is the bit at the end about House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The search of Hastert’s office at first seems like it’s going to be one big “Denny Hastert is fat” joke — a “simple pleasure,” in the words of the Comics Curmudgeon (second item). But then the sketch takes a funny and unexpected turn. Read more on Dennis Hastert: Person With Feelings…
 

Hey Democrats…You Got Served!

Good morning Senators Clinton, Schumer. What’s up Mr. Biden? How’re my dawgs at the DLC holdin’ it down this morning? Say, guys, if you are wondering where those dark stains you found in your britches this morning came from, we’re here to help. At about five past eleven last night, The Daily Show’s Ed Helms tore out a new hole in your asses. Read more on Hey Democrats…You Got Served!…
 

Leak Speak: J.M. in Sag Harbor

• “A nasty man recently threw me in jail, and several of my least favorite co-workers just ganged up on me in the pages of my own paper. Needless to say, these critics are a bunch of pansy assholes.” J.M. in Sag Harbor asks the Ethicist. [Panopticist] • “Relentless and totally out of control,” “eager to let you know that she travelled in a world of international intrigue and important people,” who could they possibly be talking about? [Gawker] • Arianna reads between the telephone lines regarding Libby’s call to Tim Russert. [HuffPo] • “If only lies left semen stains.” [The Daily Show] • Jason Zengerle zings Joe Wilson: “Wilson’s op-ed was entitled, ‘Our 27 months of hell.’ A better title might have been, ‘How to turn your 15 minutes into 27 months.'” [TNR’s The Plank] • The WP bundles all the scandal buzzwords into one incoherent mess. (Hey, that’s what blogs are for!) [WP] Read more on Leak Speak: J.M. in Sag Harbor…
 

The Colbert Report: Oui, Oui

The Colbert Report tests the boundaries of just how long one can stand arch irony. Or maybe I mean satire and “arch” is just what Stephen Colbert’s eyebrow does the entire show. In any case, the Colbert Report’s shtick will be familiar to any Daily Show viewer — Colbert’s fatuous, arrogant character deadpans nonsense and near nonsense in the exact low tones of our most trusted (or, uhm, at least highest-rated) news anchors. His showy “gravitas” (as Colbert congratulates himself) targets loofah-lover Bill O’Reilly most explicitly, right down to the bullet-pointed commentary on his opening spiel against “the word police.” (On the screen: “Head bad, heart good.”) This first show was probably long-planned so we won’t hold its relative lack of currency against it, especially since rants against elitism are pretty much evergreen. Just plug in the President’s latest decision: “If you THINK about Harriet Miers, of course her nomination is absurd. But the president didn’t think about her nomination — ‘I know her heart’ — notice how he didn’t mention her brain.” Read more on The Colbert Report: Oui, Oui…
 

Blowing George Out of Proportion

Belatedly, we learn that today Tom Brokaw is moderating a forum commemorating the 10th anniversary of “George.” We didn’t notice the magazine itself when it happened, either, but apparently it had a wide-ranging, permeating influence on popular culture — without the culture knowing it. According to Richard Bradley (who was an editor at the magazine under the decidedly more appealing moniker “Rich Blow”), “George” is the Kevin Bacon of today’s pop-politics nexus and its celebrity-fucking DNA is present in everything from “The West Wing” to “Air America” to Ann Coulter to (gulp) Wonkette. Of course. We wondered where we got the idea to dress up like George Washington. Most meaningfully, Bradley/Blow credits “George” with helping pave the way for “The Daily Show,” saying the program “owes a creative debt” to the magazine. Hey, what’s the interest for also being in English? — WONKETTE Read more on Blowing George Out of Proportion…
 

Remainders: Goodbye Cruel Blogosphere

• Daily Kos poster, LGF commenters form suicide call help line. How-to line, maybe. [Mr. Snitch] • m4m, must be over 18, willing to travel, kill people. [NYPost] • We are pleased to report that Benton M Wilmoth IV still makes the shittiest money in the White House. [Froomkin] • Roy Moore hoping to make Alabama safe for 5000 pound religious sculpture. [WP, The Atlantic] • The Iraq war is not going so well, according to both Jon Stewart and, uhm, Andy Rooney. [C&L, CBS] Read more on Remainders: Goodbye Cruel Blogosphere…
 

Lindsey Graham’s Moment of Zen

An article in The Hill reveals the not-so-surprising disconnect between politicians and their constituents: They haven’t heard of “The Daily Show.” Is this proof that young people don’t vote or that politicians don’t care if young people don’t vote? There are, of course, a few hipsters in this aged crowd — multiple TDSers McCain and Biden, for instance. And then there’s Lindsey Graham. Read more on Lindsey Graham’s Moment of Zen…
 

Another Reason for Lackluster Military Recruitment?

We read that the government will spend $250 million on advertising over the next six months — maybe if they had less they’d be a little more careful about where they spent it: Flickr Read more on Another Reason for Lackluster Military Recruitment?…
 

Hitch v. Stewart: Stewart, TKO

The thing about Christopher Hitchens is that no matter how wrong or drunk he is, he always sounds like he’s making sense. It’s an impenetrable articulateness that makes him a compelling talking head even when he’s talking out of his ass. He doesn’t often fail to get the last word, but Jon Stewart just beat him to it. After a sublimely cordial conversation that began with Stewart asking Hitchens to explain “why I am wrong about Iraq,” Hitchens bristled to Stewart’s suggestion that the war was just “the British and Churchillian method that we’ll just go into the Middle East and we’ll redraw the map.” Read more on Hitch v. Stewart: Stewart, TKO…