Perhaps no other show on Comedy Central's schedule
represents the cabler's irreverent and ironic take on the world
better than "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."
"We see ourselves as a news program," says series
exec producer Madeleine Smithberg.
"We thought there just weren't enough news magazines
on the air," she adds, tongue firmly planted in cheek. "We may
compare ourselves to those news shows, but the good thing is we
don't have to worry about things like accuracy or objectivity
like (Tom) Brokaw or (Ted) Koppel do."
Taped in midtown Manhattan, the "reality-based
look at news, trends, pop culture and current events" prides itself
on being a cool alternative to the other chatshows and news reports.
Since January 1999, when comic Jon Stewart replaced Craig Kilborn,
who went to CBS' "The Late Late Show," "The Daily Show" has certainly
adapted to the standup's laid-back style and particular brand
"We had to make the desk a lot smaller, and
we're saving a lot of fabric on the suits, because Jon is a lot
smaller," jokes Smithberg. In addition to Stewart, she gives a
lot of credit for the show's popularity to its off-the-wall correspondents
and contributors (Steven Carell, Stephen Colbert, Vance DeGeneres,
Mo Rocca, Nancy Walls, Lewis Black, Frank DeCaro and Stacey Grenrock-Woods).
Not only does the "Daily Show" offer offbeat
takes on world events and loose-cannon commentaries, it has been
able to attract an impressive list of guests who stop by to chat
with the host. Mike Myers, Adam Sandier, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Angelina Jolie, Michael Stipe, George Carlin and Ian McKellen
are only a few of the stars who've taken the hot seat to date.
"These days, I think we're doing our best work
ever," she adds. "Of course, we couldn't have asked for a better
comedic scenario than the Bush presidency."