At first, it would seem that we need a new late-night
talk show as much as we need more coverage of the O.J. Simpson case.
Jay and Dave and Conan (and Greg, et al) are more than enough, as
the departures of Arsenio and Chevy attest. However, when a talk
show can be as fresh and consistently amusing as former stand-up
Stewart's, there is always room for one more.
His format doesn't seem that different. There's
a live studio audience, an opening monologue and the usual parade
of celebrity guests plugging away. What makes Stewart unique is
his complete lack of pretense. He seems like Letterman's younger,
hipper brother, taking the Late Show star's laid-back approach
one step further. Instead of a band, he'll have a 10-year-old harmonica
player one night, an 82-year-old grandma on piano the next.
Rather than attempt yet another boring celebrity
interview, he'll play Foosball with Kelsey Grammer or practice mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation with Baywatch's Pamela Anderson.
Not every joke works, of course, but Stewart's
hey-let's-put-on-a-talk-show! attitude holds up well.
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