Daily Show host hits Punchline
performs at 8:30 tonight, Friday (8 and 10:30 p.m.) and Saturday
(8 and 10:30 p.m.) at the Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive,
Sandy Springs. Tickets: $22.50. Call 404-252-5233 for reservations.
Show torch has more than passed to Jon Stewart. While Craig
Kilborn, the show's original host, has taken his smarmy act
to near invisibility at CBS' Late, Late Show, Stewart
has become a more likable, even funnier presence since taking
over as host in January. Comedy Central's nightly (11 p.m.)
sendup of the day's news recently earned its highest ratings
36, is on a roll. Previously the host of an MTV talk show that
had a short life in syndication, he broke out with a recurring
role as himself on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show.
has starred in the feature films Playing by Heart and
The Faculty and is in the Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy,
due out in June. Stewart also has written a critically acclaimed
collection of comic essays, Naked Pictures of Famous People.
up with Stewart in New York before his trip to Atlanta, where
he performs Thursday through Saturday nights at the Punchline
Was it weird coming into a show replacing somebody?
A: I had the feeling when I got here like I was the extremely
heavy guy in the gym. Everybody else was doing Tae Bo, and I
was the guy smoking by the Stairmaster.
surprises doing the show?
A: What was surprising to me was how much I missed doing
it. The feeling of accomplishment. It felt pretty nice when
the book came out, but even doing that, I'd be up till four
in the morning in a room by myself. Then you hand over the manuscript
to an editor and he says, "OK, thanks." With this,
I get something every night.
learn anything from doing your other talk shows?
A: Hopefully I have some learning curve. You don't want
people to have to say, "Jon, the red light -- that means
look at the camera!" I feel more at ease with the process
than I did then. A stricter format helps. There were days with
the other show we'd be there until midnight trying to draw things
up for the next day.
This show is very formatted. You like that?
A: I'm crazy about routine. I'm like an 80-year-old man.
I love the idea that I get up at a certain time and go to work.
And this is the kind of routine I love: Pore over the papers
and sit in a room with a bunch of funny, smart people and bang
You watch Craig on his new show?
A: I'm rarely up that late. Truthfully. I have an 80-year-old's
mentality. After the show, I'll have dinner, do the crossword
with the lady, walk the dog and go to bed.
the lady or the dog?
do much stand-up?
A: Over the last year, before I took on the show, I was
on Larry Sanders and writing the book, so I didn't get
to do it at all. Every waking moment was taken up with either
Sanders or the book. Or my muffin shop. Once the book
was done and I got back to my normal routine, I had to figure
out a way to fill any of my leisure moments with work.
you have new material?
A: I just took all my Saddam Hussein jokes and replaced
them with Slobodan Milosovic.