"Daily Show" host
is hot ticket now
"I don't even know what 'Generation X' means.
Maybe it's because I once worked for MTV. I have no tattoos. There's
nothing pierced on my body. I don't represent them, unless Gen
X looks like a 38-year-old guy with asthma and a little bit of
hair on the back." So spoke Jon Stewart, star of Comedy Central's
"The Daily Show." It sends up serious news broadcasting.
Stewart is hot. His show has won a Peabody Award.
He has a feature story in the current Vanity Fair, and Steve Kroft
of "60 Minutes" has him in the can, immortalized on a coming Sunday
night. You may remember him from HBO's hit "The Larry Sanders
Liz: Do you think of yourself as a commentator,
a moralist or are you an actor?
Jon: I think of myself as one bad performance
away from night-managing a Bennigan's.
Liz: You have a long list of movie credits,
though I've never heard of most of them.
Jon: They're very big in Belgium . .
. South America, very popular down there.
Liz: How does it feel to win the prestigious
Jon: Very excited. We also get a free
lunch out of it, and when you're on cable TV that certainly counts.
Liz: Did you like the piece in Vanity
Fair by James Wolcott? He's a very smart man.
Jon: Very much. I didn't understand a
lot of it. I had no idea we were that good.
Liz: Has the TV critic John Leonard ever
written about you?
Jon: No, in fact, he actually left a
message at my house saying he will never write about me.
Liz: I have to confess I've never seen
Jon: You know the network, Liz. The show
right after ours has robots fighting. You'd really enjoy it.
Liz: Tell me, what could network news
do to redeem itself in your eyes?
Jon: Why would I tell them and put myself
out of work?
Liz: Seriously . . . you are always criticizing
news in a not-so-subtle manner, and there must be a way the networks
could fix the news.
Jon: Seriously? I think the majority
of networks should not let news coverage and presentation follow
the same guidelines as the entertainment shows. News should not
be ratings-driven. It was when they started making money from
news that they ruined it.