Who remembers Jon Stewart before The Daily Show? Do you remember his stand-up comedy? Maybe his guest appearances on various 1980s and 1990s sitcoms? Do you remember him playing the Enhanced Smoker in the movie Half Baked, in which he played a pot smoker who thought cannabis made everything better? From watching Al Pacino’s Scent of a Woman to looking at the stars in the sky? How about when he played Kevin Gerrity, the attorney and roommate and friend of Sonny (Adam Sandler), who happened to be the little boy’s dad? Those are the only real roles I remember Jon being in. I’m sure there are more but I haven’t seen those movies or sitcoms.
I started paying attention to Jon Stewart in 2006, right when I started getting politically involved. I had cable TV at that time and I remember coming home from work late and catching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart each night right before I went to bed. I stopped watching when I got rid of cable around 2011. But then Hulu arrived, and now I get to watch any show I want the next day. Now I watch The Daily Showreligiously. I will watch it when I first wake up in the morning, whenever I get a break during the day or when I get home from work, but the truth is I try to watch it as soon as I possibly can.
I say I love Jon Stewart and not just The Daily Show because I stopped watching last summer when John Oliver was hosting (when Jon was directing a movie). I didn’t think it was the same show without Jon, and I guess that’s why John Oliver now has his own show on HBO.
With so many things going on in the world at the moment, Jon brings laughter and satire to the news. He covers stories that no one else covers, and I really love it when he ridicules news organizations that say they’re unbiased, when we know they really are. I love watching him take on powerful political figures and debating with them. I especially love his epic battles with Fox host Bill O’Reilly. Maybe that’s why Jon’s show is one of the top shows for the 18 to 34 age demographic.
I also like that he shares some of the same values I do. I love that he uses his show to speak in support of the working poor, the disenfranchised and the most vulnerable. I am looking forward to seeing the movie Rosewater, Jon’s directorial debut, about a journalist who was detained in Iran during the Green Revolution in 2009.
I hope Jon stays on the air for a long time – and his ratings should help with that.