UPDATE, 3:33 PM:The Daily Show got a much-needed goose in its ratings with host Jon Stewart’s Skype appearance last night. More than 1.5 million tuned in — the show’s biggest crowd since June 10, which was the day the show’s Senior British Correspondent John Oliver jumped in to keep the anchor chair warm while Stewart went off to film his flick Rosewater. In between, Daily Show has dipped as low as 908,000 viewers, and as low as 202,000 viewers in the 18-34 demo who are the crack of Madison Avenue. “You’re doing an incredible job,” Stewart told Oliver during his cameo.
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY AM: Has Jon Stewart been hanging out with Edward Snowden in an underground bunker while he’s on hiatus from The Daily Show? Find out below in the video of Stewart’s Skype chat with John Oliver from Thursday night. The Daily Show got a mini-spike in viewership the first night correspondent John Oliver took over for Jon Stewart while the show’s longtime host directs a movie. Expect another bump tonight when Stewart links up with Oliver via Skype. Stewart is taking the summer off from Comedy Central‘s late-night stalwart while working on his feature directorial debut, the geopolitical thriller Rosewater. Oliver will man the desk until Stewart returns after Labor Day.
Jon Stewart, on hiatus from The Daily Show to shoot his feature directorial debut, Rosewater, popped in on his doppelganger Bassem Youssef in Cairo on Friday. Youssef hosts The Program (Al-Bernameg), a satirical news show that resembles Stewart’s own Comedy Central series; he’s also known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World.” In April, an arrest warrant was issued for Youssef on accusations he insulted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith. Stewart in turn defended Youssef on The Daily Show and Youssef later paid a visit to the set. Last night, Stewart returned the favor, appearing on The Program. He was brought in as a purported foreign spy in a black hood. When he was revealed, Stewart spoke in Arabic to the excited audience, saying there was no need to fuss. “I am a simple man.” He addressed the issue of satire, discussed taxi drivers and local food with Youssef, and then “took over” the show. The full episode is available at Al-Bernameg’s YouTube channel. Here’s a brief clip courtesy of Reuters:
Two days before Iron Man 3 hits North American screens, looks like the Armored Avenger is negotiating in public over future movies in the Marvel/Disney franchise. Robert Downey Jr told The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if he would be doing another Iron Man. “I don’t know. I had a long contract with them and now we’re gonna renegotiate,” the actor told the fake news show host. Of course, it should be added that in typical Downey fashion this was literally done with a wink, so perhaps the actor, who is expected to return for the already announced Avengers 2, was just joking.
Often referred to as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” Bassem Youssef made his second appearance on the original Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show last night. Youssef is facing investigations into accusations that he insulted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith on his satirical news show The Program. Youssef was arrested earlier this month but was invited to the Time 100 gala earlier this week. In speaking with his doppelganer, he didin’t seem too perturbed by the persecution in his own country:
Wednesday will go down in infamy as one of the worst days for CNN, Fox News and others’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Deadline is going to let Jon Stewart sum up why, always, it’s better to chill than rush out with wrong news:
The “Jon Stewart of the Arab World” still faces a criminal investigation into accusations that he insulted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith on his satirical news show The Program. But an Egyptian court today rejected a separate petition brought by Islamist lawyer Mahmoud Abu el-Aineen to ban Bassem Youssef‘s show and shut down broadcasting network CBC, Reuters reports. Youssef was arrested last week and released on bail on Sunday.
The first 2 1/2 months of Jeff Zucker’s rule at CNN have not been kind ratings-wise. Last night, The Daily Show’sJon Stewart took aim at the cable news network for what he called its “lack of direction and utter disregard for common sense.” CNN might take solace in the fact Stewart got wrong how long Zucker has been running “CNN 2.0″ — though he got the gig at the end of November, he’s only officially been in charge since January 20, not for the past four months like Stewart said. Also, Stewart went after CNN last April for many of the same reasons, well before Zucker was on board. But still this has got to hurt:
The plight of Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian TV host known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World”, has become something of a political hot potato between the U.S. and Egypt. Youssef was called in for questioning over the weekend on accusations that he had insulted President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith, leading U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to comment that the warrant for Youssef’s arrest was “evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on the freedom of expression.” Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party has condemned her “imprudent” remarks, which it says “constitute a hasty, blatant interference in Egypt’s internal affairs.” Three lawsuits have been brought against Youssef for content of his Daily Show-like satirical news magazine The Program, and a further accusation of disturbing the public order was brought on Monday. The Program is watched by about 30M Middle East viewers on satellite channel CBC, which has also been warned that because of the show, it may be in violation of the terms of its license. Youssef told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he and Stewart had been corresponding since the weekend’s events — Stewart defended his friend on The Daily Show on Monday night. Read More »
The Daily Show host managed to work a couple of NBC-Jay Leno jokes into his segment last night defending Bassem Youssef, who’s known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World”. Youssef was summoned for questioning by Egypt’s public prosecutor over the weekend after an arrest warrant was issued on accusations he insulted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith. (Ah, the old comparing NBC to a repressive Egyptian government gag — it works every time.) A former heart surgeon who is also a practicing Muslim, Youssef rose to popularity with satirical videos he posted on YouTube during the Arab Spring, and more recently via his Daily Show-esque satellite TV show, The Program, which is watched by a reported 30 million viewers across the Middle East. He’s been on Stewart’s show before, so they’re pals.
Bassem Youssef appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart last June and was at SXSW last month to discuss the evolving roles of comedy, satire and entertainment in the Middle East. Over the weekend, the man known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World” was summoned for questioning by Egypt’s public prosecutor after an arrest warrant was issued on accusations of insulting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith. Youssef appeared in court Sunday where he posted $2,200 bail on three lawsuits filed against him, according to CNN. He wrote on Twitter that there was a fourth pending, but that no date had been given for an investigation. Youssef has been sued before, but this is the first time the prosecutor has followed up with legal action. He joked with Stewart last June about receiving death threats over his show.
A former heart surgeon who is also a practicing Muslim, Youssef rose to popularity with satirical videos he posted on YouTube during the Arab Spring. He segued to satellite TV where his Daily Show-like news mag, The Program, is watched by a reported 30M viewers across the Middle East. Per the BBC, sketches in which Youssef put Morsi’s image on a pillow and separately portrayed him as a pharaoh dubbed “Super Morsi,” so angered one Islamist lawyer that it resulted in a formal complaint leading to the warrant this weekend. Read More »
Comedy Central went live tonight at 8 PM with their Election Night coverage. But within minutes Obama won re-election and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert barely had time to deliver a punch line. The Daily Show’sDemocalypse 2012 started off with a plethora of journalistic cameos including ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Tom Brokaw a hologram of Edward R. Murrow and “Anderson Cooper and his golden saxophone.” Patrick Stewart did the intro voice-over. Stewart opened the show with a list of states and Senate races that have already been called. Mitt Romney, Stewart announced, has won “most of the Confederacy”. NBC called Obama’s victory at 8:12 PM but the Daily Show still continued with segments for several minutes. One segment threw Presidential politics forward to 2016 with a fake pundit panel projecting that Hilary Clinton had a 68% chance of victory over Jeb Bush. At 8:21 PM PT, Stewart finally said, “the Presidency is projected to stay in control of the Democratic Party. We are projecting Barack Obama is the President of the United States.” The studio audience went crazy. “House of Representatives, Republican. Senate, Democrats. Presidency, Barack Obama. Two years, $3 billion dollars and we are clearly in the same fucking place we were when it started,” Stewart quickly added. The swearing was blanked out by Comedy Central. In 2008, Stewart and Colbert announced Obama’s win during that year’s live Presidential race show.
On the night before the Presidential election, the Daily Show host tore into all networks over their predictions about will win today. Accountability, or lack thereof, was at the heart of Stewart’s complaint when it came to former Clinton adviser Dick Morris.
Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewartand The Colbert Report will broadcast live November 6 on both the East and West coasts. The fake news shows plan Election Night shows at 11 PM/8 PM PT and 11:30 PM/8:30 PM. Stewart’s Election Night 2012: This Ends Now will feature early results and analysis from Stewart and the show’s regular correspondents. Stephen Colbert’s Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ’012! will include a guest appearance by columnist Andrew Sullivan. Both Stewart and Colbert returned to the air Wednesday after their shows shut down for two days due to Hurricane Sandy. This will the sixth election in a row, since 1992, that Comedy Central has had live coverage. This year’s shows will also broadcast on MTV’s Times Square jumbotron i n New York
The “presentation was not the way it needed to be,” President Obama told Jon Stewart on The Daily Showtoday about his first debate performance against Mitt Romney. Obama claimed he had an “off night” on October 3, according to White House pool reports covering the president’s interview, which is scheduled to air tonight on Comedy Central. In his sixth visit to the faux-news show and second since becoming president, Obama also talked about the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Greyas well as national security and economic issues. There’s been a brouhaha over Obama today clinically saying, “if four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.” However, the transcript of the exchange shows that Stewart used the word “optimal” in his question about the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three others in early September and that’s what the President was responding to. Obama’s latest turn on the show comes while he in NYC for fundraisers and the annual Al Smith Dinner, where he and Romney will speak tonight. Here’s the condensed and edited pool report of the interview:
Daily show staff said the studio holds about 220 people in the live audience, and the show is taping about 2 1/2 hours earlier than the normal 6 -6:30 p.m. taping to accommodate POTUS. Potus sat for two segments with Jon Stewart of roughly seven minutes apiece, broken up by a commercial break. … He sat across from Stewart at the interview desk with two blue mugs on it. Obama did not remove the lid from his. The president spoke on topics ranging from the choice between him and Romney to the political gridlock in Washington to Benghazi to Guantanamo.
The Daily Show host kicked off last night with the rebound of Barack Obama in the second Presidential debate. Jon Stewart gave particular attention to the way the now-engaged incumbent (and tonight’sDaily Show guest) handled rival Mitt Romney’s assertion that he did not immediately call last month’s Benghazi attack on U.S. diplomats “an act of terror.” Then there was the way the media reacted to the debate, especially moderator Candy Crowley’s performance. For that Fox News Channel got special attention. Watch the video here:
EXCLUSIVE: First it was Utah and now The Daily Show correspondent is taking his Race, Religion & Sex show to Florida. Showtime has picked up a Larry Wilmore special from the Sunshine swing state to air November 3, the last weekend before the presidential election. Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex In Utahaired on the pay cable network August 25. The new special will be shot in Jacksonville, Fla, on October 24. Just like the first one, the Jay Karas-directed program will feature a mixture of interviews, expert panels, guest stars and an interactive element for the live audience. Wilmore is repped by UTA.