for me, in some respects, it's -- I'm attempting to scratch
an itch, and I want to make humor about things I care about...
There are 180 channels and they can't all be about do-it-yourself;
they can't all be about putting up siding. So we're just filling
the large real estate mall of entertainment. I mean, honestly,
without cable, I wouldn't have a job." -- Jon Stewart
UpClose tonight, Nov. 12: Jon Stewart
on it. He's not only funny, but he manages to weave the news
of the day into a topical humor that doesn't easily offend.
It's not an easy trick, but Jon Stewart pulls it off each night
on "The Daily Show," a satire of a daily news broadcast that
borders on parody.
Stewart took his show to Washington several weeks back, Ted
Koppel was among his guests. So it was only natural that Jon
sit down for an UpClose conversation with Ted. What you'll
immediately learn from him tonight is that the road to comedy
stardom is paved with an assortment of odd jobs -- shelf stocker
at Woolworth's, bakery worker, puppet master and, I kid you
not, mosquito sorter:
these huge bell traps that had car batteries attached to them,
and we would go there at night...and what we did is we put women's
pantyhose around large coffee cups, and the battery would power
a light in the fan. All the bugs would fly towards it; then
they'd get sucked in through the fan and get trapped. So we
would have giant cups, you know, I believe at Starbucks they'd
be called Vente Lattes, filled with bugs...and you would knock
them out with chloroform. And here's the sad part. The chloroform
would knock them out for about 45 minutes but the sorting took
about an hour and 15 minutes...I could spot a male or a female
from across the room..."
no mistake, in Stewart's book, there's no "making it." It doesn't
matter that he's hosted the Grammy Awards twice or hosts his
own daily comedy show or written a book. Stewart sees himself
as a work in progress: "There is no 'making it' and you can't
look at it that way because there is no -- there is no exalted
platform that those who have made it get to sit on and stare
not have an exalted platform, but in the world of comedy, "The
Daily Show" is not a bad place to scratch an itch or two.