“It might be May, it might be December.”
These words were spoken by John Stewart this past week regarding his retirement from the hit news comedy program, the Daily Show.
The audience laughs at his words. He always knows how to make people laugh, regardless of the seriousness of a situation-which is a major contributor to the show’s 2 million views every week.
Stewart took over as host from Craig Kilborn in 1999. He took the show in more of a political direction, fusing comedy and sarcasm with current headlines. The show went on to become the second longest running show ever on Comedy Central (with South Park being #1) and has won 18 Prime Time Emmy Awards.
But Stewart isn’t done. He goes on to say:
“Got a lot of ideas. I got a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people.”
His satire isn’t everyone’s taste. But to me, it’s funny. And thought provoking.
Stewart’s main audience are Millennials and Gen Xer’s such as myself. He reports the news in a way that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
And for good reason. People need relief. They need real opinions instead of being told how to feel about news stories. Jon will be missed.
The show airs on Comedy Central, who has affirmed there will be a new host to replace Stewart, but has yet to name any names.
If you’re wondering, who in the (what) can replace Stewart, you’re not alone. He IS the show.
…Well, not really. This is Hollywood. The show will always go on. No matter how great you become, there’s always a line of people waiting for their turn.
We at Banksloveme salute you, Jon Stewart. Thanks for making us laugh at the unlaughable while still delivering the news…and giving us something to think about.