Jon Stewart is back with some strong words for “man-baby” – Updated by German Lopez on May 10, 2016, 12:05 a.m. ET


Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican Party seemed like the perfect fodder for former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. But Stewart, who retired last year from the show, has for the most part remained silent about the billionaire’s rise in presidential politics.

Until now.

“I’m not a constitutional scholar, so I can’t necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you are a man-baby or a baby-man? I don’t know,” Stewart said at an event hosted by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics on Monday. “But he is a man-baby. He has the physical countenance of a man and a baby’s temperament and hands.”

Stewart went on, calling Trump “an unrepentant, narcissistic asshole.” (The comments start at around 8:05 in the video above.)

With 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’ Has Found Its Voice – AUGUST 19, 2015 3:46 PM ET


Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central.

Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

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The Nightly Show premiered in January. In the beginning, Wilmore struggled to hit his stride. “People are holding your feet to the fire immediately,” he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “It was so difficult those first couple of months. I mean, you’re just in the middle of the storm, just trying to figure out how to do the show.”

Wilmore is a self-proclaimed nerd — and proud of it. He practices magic, loves space and cites Woody Allen and Monty Python among his comedy influences. “It used to be that the black comic figure had to have this bravado and always showed strength,” he says. “Now there’s a comic figure where it’s OK to just be a nerd and be black.”

He brings that sensibility to The Nightly Show, where he has to find the comedy and the outrage in the often tragic events of the day. When it comes to the incidents of violence between police and African-Americans that have dominated this year’s headlines, the host is unequivocal: The fact that we live in a world where black people have to strategize so they’re not brutalized by police is insane,” he says.


Interview Highlights

On the advice Jon Stewart (The Nightly Show’s executive producer) gave him

The biggest thing he said in the beginning — and he would almost say it with, not really anger but maybe frustration — he would say, “Hey man, stop being a host. Stop it. Just be yourself.” It took a while for me to interpret it, but what it is, when you’re first starting a show like that, you’re acting everything because you’re not comfortable yet. But you can’t fool Jon. He can see right through that.

So no matter how much praise I got about the show, Jon’s like, “No, no, no. You’re pretending this right now. You’re not owning it yet. You got to own it. You got to put your opinion out there, and you got to just get inside there and just be it.” After a while, I understood what he was talking about. He was always encouraging me to raise the bar, not just in content but in making sure that my point of view was very clear and very precise and that I owned it and that I was myself. He kept pushing me into that. So that was the evolution of the show, to be honest with you. It all centered around that.

On how Bill Cosby made him realize how much he cares about women’s issues

I’ve never thought of myself as any advocate for anything, but I remember about 10 or 11 years ago I joined … the Board of Directors for the Writers Guild of America, and I thought, “You know what? I’ve had a good career as a writer, I should really give back.” But I thought, “I’m not particularly passionate about anything,” but I realize many times when you show up for something you find where your passions are, even if you don’t know it, and it was fascinating to me.

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4 ways John Oliver nails America’s disastrous War on Drugs – TONY NEWMAN, ALTERNET THURSDAY, AUG 6, 2015 02:00 AM PDT


4 ways John Oliver nails America's disastrous War on Drugs

For some years now, Comedy Central and HBO have played a huge role in educating people about some of the most important issues of the day. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Larry Willmore and John Oliver are all skillful at both educating and entertaining us. They are so impactful that presidential candidates and others running our country make it a priority to go on their shows.

Oliver, with his extensive 15-minute segments on his spinoff show on HBO, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, digs deeper into issues than most traditional news channels. One issue that Oliver has taken the lead on is ridiculing and slamming our country’s disastrous war on drugs. Oliver hits the drug war from all angles. Here are four excellent segments that show Oliver is becoming one of the most influential voices in our country to say loud and clear: No More Drug War.

Oliver Slams Mandatory Minimums and Mass Incarceration

Just last week, Oliver piggybacked off the news of President Obama’s 46 commutations and pivoted to our country’s insane mandatory minimums and their role in making the US the world leader in incarcerating its people.

Oliver Blasts the U.S. Bail System for Locking up Poor People Regardless of Guilt

Oliver recently took on the U.S. bail system pointing out that it has increasingly become a way to lock up the poor, regardless of guilt. Oliver referenced a report by the Drug Policy Alliance that found nearly 40 percent of the jail population in New Jersey is held solely because they don’t have the money for bail, which can be a little as a few thousand dollars. The average length of time people wait in jail is 10 months.  It won’t surprise you that the vast majority of those locked up are poor people of color.

 

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‘The Daily Show’ Jon Stewart Kicks Off Final Week by Ripping Into Fox: ‘Adios, Motherf*ckers!’ – Published on Aug 3, 2015`


On the first day of his final week at The Daily Show, Jon Stewart really went off on his most frequent foe: Fox News.

Stewart was really bothered by how Fox’s Howard Kurtz and guest David Zurawik calling him an Obama “propagandist,” showing clips of Fox Newsers over the years using the same “even Jon Stewart’s mocking the president” line.

He even turned a few of their arguments back on Fox themselves and said he’s been harsher on President Obama than they ever were on George W. Bush, and said, “Your hypocrisy isn’t a bug in the Fox model, it’s the feature. Your job is to discredit any source of criticism that might hurt the conservative brand.”

This guy changed the world: We won’t see the likes of Jon Stewart again – ARTHUR CHU THURSDAY, JUL 30, 2015 04:00 PM PDT


We take Jon Stewart for granted now, and expect way too much from him. Stop and thank him for restoring our sanity

This guy changed the world: We won't see the likes of Jon Stewart again

It’s strange thinking that people my brother’s age who have just graduated from college remember Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” always being a political institution. It’s hard to explain to them just how big a deal Stewart’s sudden rise was back during the Bush years, what a shock it was to see Craig Kilborn’s tacky random-riffs-on-the-headlines show turn into the most credible source of news for the millennial generation, why Stewart’s impending retirement feels so momentous and sad.

I’m one of the college kids who in 2003 and 2004 grabbed onto what seemed like certain cultural anchors of sanity in what felt like a world gone mad. I remember the sense of despair as the Bush administration systematically took apart the social safety net, as Serious Pundit after Serious Pundit queued up to take their turn explaining why we absolutely had to cave into the neocons’ desire for a pointless war in Iraq, as every day revealed a new headline emphasizing that America was firmly in the hands of the religious right and the establishment left was enthusiastically welcoming our wingnut overlords.

Good satire then was like water in the desert. We were thirsty for any reminder that we hadn’t gone crazy, the world had, that the policies of our leaders were in fact as monstrous and deranged as they seemed to be. That things were not OK. The Onion, “The Daily Show,” “Arrested Development” — those were the comic voices that defined my coming of age, and I remember them all coming from a stance of incredulity, of “Can you believe this shit is really happening?”

Yes, nowadays everyone is sick of clickbait headlines saying “Jon Stewart demolishes this” and “Jon Stewart annihilates that” and “Jon Stewart eviscerates this random dude and makes a jump rope from his entrails.” But those headlines are a hangover from Jon Stewart breaking onto the public scene when we all really were stunned by how regularly and how effectively he made fools of people far more respectable than he was.

The guy who played the villain in “Death to Smoochy” became the thorn in the side to the president of the United States. The guy who came on after the prank call puppets killed CNN’s “Crossfire” just by coming onto the show and telling everyone how intellectually and morally bankrupt it was. Op-Ed after Op-Ed cranked out expressing shock that young people saw a comedian as their “most trusted name in news.”

On election night in 2004 more of us tuned in to Comedy Central than to “legitimate” news sources, because none of the legitimate news sources would openly voice the one truth about the election — that the fact that the election was even close after the disasters in Fallujah and the exposé of Abu Ghraib and the lie about Saddam’s WMD proved that our country was mad.

When the results came in for Bush on the night of Nov. 2, 2004, the Serious Pundits — Democrats and Republicans — gathered together to analyze “values voters” and pontificate about how, if you thought about it from the right perspective, it made perfect sense to reelect a warmonger who’d sent thousands of American soldiers to pointless deaths just in case John Kerry might legalize gay marriage.

Jon Stewart didn’t. He tore up his index cards, slumped over in defeat, and wept.

It’s hard to think back to what it was like in a world where the mainstream media really did have the power to memory-hole stories like Bill Cosby’s lawsuit because they made advertisers uncomfortable. The pace of change is accelerating: The media landscape of only 10 years ago feels as foreign now as Walter Cronkite telling all of America “That’s the way it is” felt then.

It feels weird today, in a world of a thousand contending voices on Twitter and Tumblr and YouTube, to talk about how much it meant that there was one dude back then telling the truth. That there was someone in the mainstream media willing to kick a hole in the pusillanimous civil consensus of the respectable pundits, someone willing to call bullshit on the whole rotten circus, to reject the asinine convention that the party in power had to be given token respect simply because they were in power and to openly call them out as evil lunatics.

Jon Stewart felt like a Messiah. People told him he should run for president himself and were half-serious when they said it. (They made a movie about the concept with Robin Williams.) He felt real in a way that people who made a living talking about politics hardly ever feel.

And he kept denying the laurels we tried to heap on him. He repeatedly defaulted to saying he was “only a comedian,” that he, unlike the people he criticized, was an entertainer and not a scholar or politician or professional analyst and should not be taken seriously.

People have criticized that stance as a way to dodge accountability, to have it both ways — to get to call powerful people out while denying that he himself wielded power.

And they’re right. But Stewart was also right.

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Jon Stewart Basks in the Awesomeness of Donald Trump’s Crazy Media Blitz – Published on Jun 23, 2015


Jon Stewart was really worried tonight that Donald Trump would disappoint him by not actually filing to run for president, but was relieved that it’s serious and he can keep ingesting the crazy.

Stewart has made it clear Trump running for president is a godsend to his final few weeks on the show, and tonight he mercilessly mocked “military genius” Trump for his totally legit plans to fix the Middle East.

“What’s the harm,” Stewart asked, “of riding this crazy train as long as it can take us?”

Well, Trump’s polling well in New Hampshire, so…