From Brian Williams on NBC to Shep Smith on Fox, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central to Katie Couric on ABC, EW took in every corner of the election coverage on Tuesday night (and early Wednesday morning). Here are the highlights! READ FULL STORY
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It’s been three days since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, and millions are still feeling its devastating effects. Manhattan below 39th Street is still without power; portions of New Jersey are still submerged; at least 62 people lost their lives in the storm. But at least the Eastern seaboard is taking small steps toward normalcy again. Case in point: Both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report returned to the air last night, broadcasting shows that took a sobering look at the damage Sandy caused… then found tasteful ways to joke about it.
New York City-born Jon Stewart kicked off the night by posing a poignant question: “Did you ever have one of those days where everything you loved as a child was under water?” His summarizing of the storm’s effects led to a bit that juxtaposed the post-apocalyptic wasteland of lower Manhattan with the still-operational Candyland that is Times Square — a place where people were also suffering, according to correspondent John Oliver: “My Book of Mormon seats tonight — obstructed view!” See the clip for yourself:
President Obama may have been all smiles for his sixth appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart earlier tonight, but the conversation, for the most part, was far from a joke.
Stewart did start on a light note, teasing the President on his poor first debate performance. He showed the president two photos of Michelle Obama – one angry-looking from after the first debate, and one grinning after the second – and told him he was making a scrapbook and wondered if Obama could tell him which photo was after which. “Cute. Cute, Jon,” Obama said with a laugh.
After that, Stewart dove into harder topics. In the first of two segments, Obama touted his record, and stuck to talking points about the auto industry and inheriting a bad economy. Most interestingly, Stewart asked him what the stronger case was: an “affirmative case” for a second Obama term, or a negative case for a Mitt Romney administration. Obama predictably said both. “We have a very strong story to tell whether it is on social issues such as ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or on economic issues that matter for middle-class families,” he said. He continued, on the other side of the equation: “You want a president in the Oval Office who’s going to say, ‘No, we’re not going to amend our constitution for the first time to restrict rights for gay and lesbian couples,’” a line that was met with some of the loudest applause of the night. READ FULL STORY
Due to their taping schedules, Comedy Central’s fake news programs couldn’t react to Tuesday’s debates until last night. But The Daily Show and The Colbert Report made up for being a day late with sharp segments that focused on the event’s major moments — binders or no binders.
Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took a few minutes to dissect the debate’s most controversial exchange, which came when the candidates were discussing September’s attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Governor Romney alleged that President Obama took two weeks to call the incident an “act of terror,” but Obama argued that he had used that phrase in a speech given the day after the attack. Moderator Candy Crowley backed the president when he asked her to look at the transcript of his remarks — though she also said Romney was correct to say that Obama’s administration took two weeks to confirm that the attack was not the result of a spontaneous riot.
Stewart said that Obama had ushered Romney into “some weird, nitpicky semantic trap” — though the president did mention “acts of terror” the day after the attack, the label was applied indirectly. He likened the president’s actions to the Road Runner urging Wile E. Coyote to run toward an apparent doorway that’s really just “paint on a rock.” READ FULL STORY
So what if The Casual Vacancy isn’t exactly setting the world on fire. Any novel that leads to a publicity tour, which in turn leads to J.K. Rowling appearing on The Daily Show, is a-okay in our book. The author and Jon Stewart had a grand ol’ time last night, even if they mostly talked around Rowling’s latest published work. (Understandable, considering EW’s review: “What started as a lively comedy of manners has turned into an overwrought slog.”)
Rowling’s well-publicized stint as a welfare recipient — in the U.K., it’s called “benefits” — was the main topic of conversation during the interview’s televised portion. She also took this opportunity to spoil The Casual Vacancy‘s (fake) twist ending: “Dumbledore comes back!”
That quip set the tone for the second half of the interview, which appears online only. READ FULL STORY
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Daily Show savants and Fox News fans — if any of the latter are actually watching this silliness — prepare yourselves for the fight of the century.
In the red corner, boasting a carb-free belly, a Yeti-esque 6’4″ stature, and a brain filled with facts about assassinated presidents, we have the man with the plan (to reduce the size of government), the Factor-y boy, Papa Bear himself: Biiiiiiill O’Reilly!
And in the blue corner, weighing in at 100-some pounds of pure comedic muscle, we’ve got a silver fox who enjoys his lox, a big intellect in a compact 5’6″ package, the twinkly-eyed most trusted fake newsman in American history: Joooooon Stewart!
Who will be victorious when these two go toe-to-toe in Washington, D.C. tonight? READ FULL STORY
In just one day, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly will go head to head for their historic “Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” debate. Two men will enter George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium; two men will leave, one slightly before the other. Stewart boasts that by the end of the night, O’Reilly will be “saying my Haftorah.” His opponent counters that the Daily Show host is tiny and unintimidating — no match for his Fox News-approved stature.
In short, it’s going to be a night to remember. And if you’re still not convinced, check out O’Reilly’s guest appearance on The Daily Show last night — a seven-minute stretch of genial ribbing, bragging, and the occasional questionable joke. (O’Reilly quips that his followup to Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy will be Killing Colbert. Stewart’s audience isn’t so into that.) Get your “Rumble” preview right here:
Sorry, Big Bird: Jon Stewart thinks Mitt Romney unquestionably won last night’s first presidential debate. “I’m sure President Obama now realizes, ‘Oh, preseason’s over. I should probably familiarize myself with my presidency, and learn some of the various numbers and things that go along with it,'” the Daily Show host told Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer today.
And Stewart didn’t stop there. “It wasn’t so much [Obama's] body language as the mouth language that he was using,” he explained, citing the president’s frequent pauses as a tic that made Obama not seem “present” in the debate. He compared Obama’s strategy to the tactic Muhammad Ali famously used in his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” match against George Foreman: “It’s the rope-a-dope, but instead of letting your opponent punch himself out, you just get beat up.” READ FULL STORY
Jon Stewart to Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'Couldn't you just go to the future, then come back and kill that Arnold?' -- EXTENDED VIDEO
Who could have guessed that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Daily Show interview would focus much more on his politics — and much less on his personal life — than his recent 60 Minutes interview?
Sure, Jon Stewart didn’t entirely ignore Schwarzenegger’s cheating scandal. After joking that he and the Governator would have to address the elephant in the room — 1996’s “dreadful” Jingle All the Way, naturally — the Daily Show host asked Arnold to explain why he decided to release the scandal-soaked memoir Total Recall now, rather than waiting until his family’s wounds weren’t quite so raw. Stewart also evoked one of the action hero’s most iconic characters, asking his guest if he could “go to the future and then come back and kill that Arnold” — the one who fathered a child out of wedlock.
After that, though, Schwarzenegger and Stewart’s conversation moved away from the scandal. In the portion of the interview that actually aired on The Daily Show, the two discussed Schwarzenegger’s new state and global policy institute at USC and his bipartisan initiatives as governor. And things only got more interesting — provided you’re into politics — in the extended interview posted online. Here’s the interview’s televised first part:
It’s a good thing last night’s Daily Show taped before the NFL and its game officials reached an agreement ending their labor dispute. See, the lockout inspired Jon Stewart’s own underpaid, overworked correspondents to go on strike themselves, opening the gig up to a crew of scabs.
But unlike their NFL counterparts, The Daily Show‘s stand-ins weren’t mind-bogglingly incompetent. Instead, they were a startlingly overqualified crew — led by four-time Emmy nominee Patrick Stewart in a ridiculous John Oliver wig. Missing his Shakespearean take on Daily Show reporting — as well as Jon Stewart’s fawning reaction — would be a major foul. Forsooth, ’tis the video itself:
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