"The Daily Show"
April 5, 1999
by Terry Kelleher


"You were great in that movie Playing by Heart," guest Peter Krause said to host Jon Stewart on a recent Daily Show. "So good they sent me to basic cable," cracked Stewart, who once was considered likely to succeed Tom Snyder on CBS.

Eventually, Craig Kilborn was tapped for Snyder's late-late slot, and Stewart wound up replacing Kilborn on this halfhour news-spoof talk show (officially titled, as of January, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

Comedy Central did not lose in this game of latenight musical chairs. Stewart is more likable and less self-satisfied than Kilborn, and the show's satire is smart enough to have real sting. Now if only Daily could expand to an hour and allow Stewart's celebrity interviews to run longer than four breathless minutes.

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