The Daily Show's Jon Stewart opened up his show this Tuesday by taking his audience through the latest round of insanity from the "crack-smoking" mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford. Stewart wondered who in the hell the people are that make up the 25 percent still supporting this guy, so they sent their "correspondent" Jessica Williams up to Toronto to find out.
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Stephen Colbert has a solution to help all of his black viewers to change how scared white people like himself feel about them -- become Senators.
COLBERT: Nation, it's time we Caucasian Americans accept that when it comes to furthering the racial dialog, the ball is in our court, even though having the ball on a court has never been our strong suit. President Obama had taken the first step by frankly discussing, as a black man, how it feels to be in a room full of white people who are scared of him.
Now I believe it's my turn to be honest about the white experience... black people are scary. And, folks, that's not just me saying that. I mean, just ask the TV. […]
That's not prejudice. That's just math. Okay? So, if in 2011, out of 42 million African Americans, 4149 were arrested for murder, which means we can reasonably be scared of .009% of African Americans. Now, it doesn't sound like a lot, until... until you consider... until you consider that we don't know which nine one thousandth of one percent. So, to be safe, we have to be scared of all of them.
This is the same reason I assume all Arabs are terrorists and all Irishmen are leprechauns. […]
Now that I've done this, in the dialog of racial understanding, white people have done our part. Okay? We have shown the courage to admit we're terrified, but it's a two way street black people.
Which is why, right now, I would like to address all of my African American viewers. Folks, it is your responsibility to change how white people feel about you and according to President Obama, there's a simple way you can do it. […]
So the answer's obvious. Black people need to become Senators.
Real Time's Bill Maher had a bit of fun with House Speaker John Boehner and shared some of his "drunken" Tweets they just happened to come across with his audience this Friday.
Stephen Colbert did his best parody of Fox "news" and their constant hammering of the poor who rely on programs such as food stamps along with those who rely on earned benefits such as Social Security -- otherwise known in Fox-world as "moochers" -- and he had some recommendations on how they might be able to make ends meet in this Tuesday night's "Word" segment.
Pick yourself up by your own bootstraps people... and if that doesn't work, well, you can always resort to selling your hair and body organs.
In one of the cooler tv moments I've seen recently, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart travelled to Cairo to appear with "Egypt's Jon Stewart", Bassem Youssef.
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(McClatchy) CAIRO — Amid growing tension at the approach of the June 30 anniversary of Mohammed Morsi’s assumption of Egypt’s presidency, Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” appeared on Egyptian TV Friday night, drawing laughs in a funny yet very serious tribute to the importance of satire in a free state.
Stewart was the guest of Bassem Youssef on Youssef’s weekly television show, “Al Barhnameg,” or “The Program,” one of Egypt’s most popular and most controversial shows. Especially since March, when Morsi’s government charged Youssef with insulting the president and Islam for, among other things, wearing a hat that mocked the one Morsi wore to a trip Pakistan.
Youssef was released on $2,200 bail, and Stewart has stood by him ever since, once devoting 10 minutes of his own show to Youssef’s case.
On Friday, Youssef introduced Stewart by saying that he had brought in one of the many feared spies of the regime. Stewart, wearing a black mask and led by two men in suits, walked in. As he lifted the mask, the crowd cheered.
Stewart deployed the little Arabic he memorized as he appeared on stage with Youssef, whose show is a weekly news roundup that looks like and is styled after “The Daily Show.”
“Shukran” – thank you in Arabic, Stewart said to cheers – and “khalas,” enough, as the studio fans gave him a standing ovation. “Oudou,” sit, Stewart told them, and “Ani regal basset,” or I am a simple man, followed by “Membaasaa al riftya” – I don’t want to be carried.
If anyone had not heard the news already, Jon Stewart is taking a 12-week break from hosting The Daily Show to make his directing debut and regular John Oliver is going to do the honors filling in for him during his absence. While I have enjoyed immensely Oliver's regular contributions to the show, I was not sure how he'd do hosting the show. After watching tonight, I think he did a great job.
Oliver started out the show sharing with the audience a letter Stewart had left for him where he told him "Don't worry, you'll be great" and "besides, no big news stories ever break out over the summer."
And then of course, within less than a day of Stewart being gone and Oliver filling in, we had this breaking news on the NSA leak. So much for those segments with the British jokes and tea time Oliver said he had planned.
Instead we were treated to this: The Daily Show’s John Oliver: NSA phone tracking ‘just the tip of the sh*tberg’:
ABC's Jonathan Karl and his part in helping to feed the scandal-mongering over Benghazi wasn't the only recent Republican drummed up outrage Stephen Colbert decided to take on during this Monday's show. After his "Mazda-Scandal Booth" on Benghazi, Colbert took his next turn in the booth on the IRS, grasping "wildly at any accusation that floats past."
And as Arturo Garcia from Raw Story reported, here's what he found: Colbert concludes tea partiers are ‘a bunch of pussies’ after consulting his lawyer:
Chris Hayes took a shot at him the night before and this Thursday, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took his turn skewering Rand Paul for his appearance at Howard University. Paul asked the audience there how his party has managed to go from being one that elected the first twenty African American congressmen to becoming a party that now loses ninety percent of their vote, and Stewart was happy to answer that question for Sen. Paul.
Stewart proceeded to explain for Paul that maybe that pesky Southern Strategy employed by Nixon and St. Ronnie and Bush Sr. -- all the way up to recent times and presidential contender Gov. Rick Perry and his Niggerhead Ranch -- might tend to alienate a voting bloc.
Jon continued by going through baby Paul's train wreck of a speech at Howard which you can read more about here: The history Rand Paul struggles to understand:
Reince Priebus and the RNC's recent efforts to work on the GOP's messaging and their ridiculous minority outreach program were mocked roundly on this Tuesday evening's The Daily Show by host Jon Stewart, who was, to put it mildly, not impressed with their post-election plan:
“Holy shit, let me break this strategy down, if I may,” Stewart said after running a clip of RNC Chair Reince Priebus discussing the report. “Let me break this strategy down. After pretending minorities didn’t exist proved a loser, the Republican Party has decided to physically go into these areas and engage, person to person, or, as that is known on the streets, talking. But of course, as the saying goes talk is not cheap.”
That’s where the additional paid staff come in.
“So there you go,” Stewart said. “You’re going to go into minority neighborhoods, do a little market research, then send paid spokespeople back into the minority communities with a new retargeted message. Hey, it worked for Kool cigarettes, why not, why not for another organization that has seemed indifferent to the overall health of minorities?”
Stewart followed up with some highlights from this year's CPAC 2013 and after showing the audience some of The Donald, the Wasilla Snowbilly and their new "rising star" and Fox favorite Ben Carson's speeches, wished the Republicans "good luck in 2020."
Stephen Colbert had a bit of fun with some of President Obama's detractors for his attempt to do something about the gun violence in America during this Thursday evenings edition of The Colbert Report: Colbert Mocks Rush Limbaugh, Steve Doocy's Obama Gun Law Criticism:
Unlike his Comedy Central cohort Jon Stewart, who has devoted much of this week to harshly criticizing the NRA and gun control opponents, Stephen Colbert joined Rush Limbaugh and Steve Doocy of "Fox & Friends" in lamenting "King Gun-Snatcher the Magnificent." On Tuesday's show, he mocked Limbaugh for Limbaugh's own mockery of President Obama's decision to bring children onstage when announcing his gun reform proposals.
Limbaugh barked on his radio show about how sickening he found Obama's display. "He brings these kids, supposedly who wrote letters to the White House after Newtown ... to paint a picture of support [mocking voice] among the children!" Limbaugh said. He continued in a falsely sympathetic tone, "They don't want to die. How can you not listen to them?" [...]
He also had some fun at the expense of Steve Doocy, who questioned why those same kids don't question Obama's tax plan and its implications for younger generations, because of course he did.
Colbert followed up with his Word segment, where he asked if the Second Amendment is truly meant to defend against government force, how can citizens ever be safe until they can have their own aircraft carriers?