The Daily Show by Chris Smith
(The Book): An Oral History

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9 Critic Reviews

So this otherwise-detailed book (want to know Stewart’s opinion of the White House M&Ms?) requires a lot of acrobatics from Smith. He omits transcript material that’s important to the show’s history.
-The Columbus Dispatch

Synopsis

The complete, uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as told by its correspondents, writers, and host.

For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the show's behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie will be chronicled by the players themselves, from legendary host Jon Stewart to the star cast members and writers-including Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Jessica Williams, John Hodgman, and Larry Wilmore-plus some of The Daily Show's most prominent guests and adversaries: John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and many more.

This oral history takes the reader behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics-a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.

Through years of incisive election coverage, Jon Stewart's emotional monologue in the wake of 9/11, his infamous confrontation on Crossfire, passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, feuds with Bill O'Reilly and Fox, the Indecisions, Mess O'Potamia, and provocative takes on Wall Street and racism, The Daily Show has been a cultural touchstone. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show's seminal moments come together to share their memories of the last-minute rewrites, improvisations, pranks, romances, blow-ups, and moments of Zen both on and off the set of one of America's most groundbreaking shows.
 

About Chris Smith

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Jon Stewart was born in New York and lives with his wife and children in New York City.
 
Published November 22, 2016 by Grand Central Publishing. 444 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Daily Show
All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 31 2016

An intimate and entertaining look at a fake-news program whose caustic, witty alchemy remains missed by many.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Jeff Labrecque on Nov 22 2016

It might seem early to lionize The Daily Show with a thick oral history. After all, the show’s still running and its DNA is sprinkled throughout late-night. But the timing is actually perfect.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by Tom Carson on Feb 13 2017

With a few disgruntled exceptions, practically everybody who ever worked for "The Daily Show" –and Smith seems to have talked to almost all of them – lauds his decency, creative smarts, and constant drive to bring out the best they had on tap.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by James Endrst on Nov 21 2016

Smith, a contributing editor at New York magazine, weaves an often artful, if occasionally unwieldy, combination of interviews, asides and segues with classic scripted moments from Stewart’s tenure between 1999 and 2015.

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20Something Reads

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Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott on Dec 08 2016

Smith, a contributing editor at New York, presents a gold mine of “Daily Show” lore in disjointed clumps. There are the times...and the issues ("The Amazing Racism.") There are segments about the internal politics of the show itself --- strikes, contracts, deals, who signed what and why --- that may be of interest only to hardcore fans.

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Slate

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Reviewed by Jeremy Stahl on Dec 08 2016

If you are at the point where you are done wallowing and have decided that now is a more important time than ever to rail against politicians who would divide and deceive us to maintain their power, you’re probably ready to read a book that feels less like a nostalgic romp than a poignant call to arms.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Above average
on Apr 09 2017

So this otherwise-detailed book (want to know Stewart’s opinion of the White House M&Ms?) requires a lot of acrobatics from Smith. He omits transcript material that’s important to the show’s history.

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Arts Fuse

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Reviewed by Matt Hanson on Dec 21 2016

It’s tempting to assume saintliness in the people you admire. When I opened the book I wondered if Stewart’s reputation would survive dozens of accounts of the people who worked for him. Reassuringly, the portrait of Stewart that emerges here is very positive

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Reviewed by Jeff Labrecque on Dec 22 2016

It might seem early to lionize The Daily Show with a thick oral history. After all, the show’s still running and its DNA is sprinkled throughout late-night. But the timing is actually perfect.

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