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Jon Stewart and the Perils of 'Firstiness'

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  • June 29, 2012 10:11 AM
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Jon Stewart added a brilliant new word to the vocabulary of media criticism yesterday: firstiness. Looking over the ludicrous flub in which first CNN and then Fox mistakenly reported that the Supreme Court had struck down the essence of the Obama health care plan – instead of, whoops, the opposite – Stewart mocked the crazed rush to be the first network to arrive with news that everyone knew was coming and all the reporters got at the same time. Asking, “Who would emerge from today’s chaos as the world’s grand champion of firstiness?” Stewart almost buried a word that is the perfect companion to Stephen Colbert’s classic, “truthiness.” Both allude to the slippery relationship between words and facts.

Steve Carell, Fake-Author of Many Books, Visits Jon Stewart

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  • June 21, 2012 12:25 PM
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What has Steve Carell been doing besides trying to avoid the apocalypse? Promoting his new film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (it’s a charming romance; you can check out my review here) he joined Jon Stewart to promote the many new books he has written, including a history of Egypt post-Mubarak and a biography of himself as written by Steve Jobs.

Jon Stewart on Easter Vs. Passover (Video)

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  • April 10, 2012 11:03 AM
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It’s not called the Judeo-Christian tradition for nothing, but in the spring holiday face-off the two sides of that equation are not equally fun. Jon Stewart calls on his own team, the Jewish side, to step it up, as he said, because when it comes to magic, Invisible Elijah is no match for a rabbit who brings chocolate eggs. His rejoinder to the Easter Bunny? Passover Pete, a lion who comes bearing pizza.

Russell Brand, Jon Stewart, Eddie Izzard In Free, Live-Streamed Secret Policeman's Ball

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  • March 2, 2012 9:00 AM
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Jon Stewart, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Coldplay, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd – that’s just part of the crazy-long list of performers who will be on stage at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday for the first U.S. version of The Secret Policeman’s Ball, the long-running, usually raucous and hilariously raw benefit in Britain for Amnesty International. The show will be on the EPIX channel and – even better – live-streamed free by EPIX so everyone can watch on-line.

Brad Pitt Reveals Oscar Plan On The Daily Show

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  • February 2, 2012 11:07 AM
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Brad Pitt knows he doesn’t have much of a chance to win the Oscar this year. He actually says so during this campaign stop on The Daily Show last night.

Stephen Colbert Turns His Super PAC Over to Jon Stewart

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  • January 12, 2012 11:30 PM
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Would-be fake president Stephen Colbert – who has polled higher than Jon Huntsman in his native South Carolina – has been piling up money in his Super PAC. But now that he’s ready to form an explororatory committee for his campaign, he can’t legally run the PAC himself. (We know that Romney and Gingrich and all the others don’t coordinate with their PACs; that’s what they’ve said, so it must be true). What to do?

Watch Cranky George Lucas On The Daily Show

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  • January 10, 2012 12:57 PM
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George Lucas had some cranky – but not wrong – things to say about the difficulties of mainstream distribution on The Daily Show last night. He showed up to promote Red Tails, a film about black fliers during World War II that he produced and financed and, he says, had been trying unsuccessfully to get studios interested in for years. Stewart, speaking for most of us, was kind of incredulous – George Lucas can’t get something out there?  - but Lucas, with some wit yet still in cranky-geezer mode, is worth hearing.  

The Daily Show: The Republicans Are Like A Box Of Chocolates

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  • January 4, 2012 11:33 AM
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The compensation for post-vacation return to real life: new episodes of late night shows. None of them were at their best last night, with The Daily Show and Colbert Report suffering most from having taped before the Iowa Caucuses even started. Not that Mitt Romney’s squeaker win would have mattered much, but as Jon Stewart explained in a ghost-story voice, he didn’t have results because “I’m speaking to you from the past.”

Jon Stewart on Lowe's And Muslims

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  • December 14, 2011 8:38 AM
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Jon Stewart takes on the absurdity of Lowe’s dropping out as a sponsor of TLC’s reality series All-American Muslim, in a segment that skewered TLC’s own icky Toddlers and Tiaras, as well as the lunacy of social critics who complained that the people on All-Amercan Muslim weren’t depicted as terrorists. He then turned things over to Asif Mandvi, “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” who pointed out the great deals on terrorist supplies at Lowe’s, with prices so good,  “You can’t afford not to blow something up.”

Martin Scorsese and Jon Stewart: Thomas Edison Invented Movie Piracy

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  • November 18, 2011 9:15 AM
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Martin Scorsese talked to Jon Stewart last night about Hugo – a truly magical film about a boy and the love of movies. And, as Stewart pointed out, a film with a much lower body count than he expected from Scorsese.

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