Monday, Jon Stewart steps into
Craig Kilborn's shoes as host of Comedy Central's Daily Show,
which finds the humor in American news, radio and television
With an impeached president and a scandal that
has shone new light on such mundane items as cigars and stained
dresses, has there ever been a better time to get into the business
of satirizing the news?
Probably not, and that's great news for Jon
Stewart, who on Monday takes over the job of host on Comedy Central's
Daily Show, a nightly send-up of American news (and newscasters).
"You feel kind of weird cheering for chaos,"
says Stewart, who's taking over for the departed Craig Kilborn
(who, in a tidy game of TV dominos, will take over the retiring
Tom Snyder's late-night spot on CBS). "There is that sense
that the crazier it gets, the better off we are. Before, when
I was part of the American public, I was hoping for a reasonable
and quick solution [to the impeachment process]. Now, I'm hoping
for partisan bedlam and chaos. It's really what serves me best."
Stewart says he has no intention of making any
dramatic changes to the show, one of Comedy Central's top-rated
programs. True, correspondents A. Whitney Brown and Brian Unger
are also leaving. But fans shouldn't tune in Monday expecting
any big changes.
"We're probably just going to try and get
me up to snuff at first," he explains. "It took me a
while to get to know how to read, so for the writers to learn
how to write everything down phonetically for me, it's going to
take a while."
There will, however, be one change: The show
is now officially known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
"I really like to put my name on everything,
so my roommate doesn't steal it," Stewart says, harking back
to his college days for an explanation of the name change. "It's
really a throwback to that."