Jon Stewart hopes that by bringing his comedy talk show to Canada
he can at last begin to heal the rift between our two great nations.
kick-off show for Canada will be a tribute," the deadpan
comic-turned-TV host says in a telephone interview. "We're
hoping to pop a good guest in, perhaps the lead singer of Loverboy."
in recent years developed the dubious honour of becoming America's
crown prince of substitute TV hosts, settled into his own permanent
gig last January, replacing the departing Craig Kilborn on The
Daily Show for Comedy Central.
Now, the Comedy
Network is picking up the half-hour newsmagazine parody, beginning
Sept. 13, albeit a day later than its U.S. airing, and nine months
after his debut in the anchor chair.
glad because, he says, they've now worked out all the bugs and
Canadians will see a much smoother show.
know when McDonald's wants to try a new spaghetti burger or something
and they bring it out in Ohio and they go 'Nobody died, let's
send it up to Canada?' We're trying to perfect it so you don't
get any of our crap."
wait for the U.S. election campaign process to get rolling to
give them some fresh material to work with.
Ah, but will
they follow the Canadian election?
it? I'm in it!"
come as a relief to those viewers who don't find Jean Chretien
or Preston Manning near funny enough.