What happened to the Daily Show?

Posted in politics, tv at 11:55 pm by danvk

I watched the Daily Show for the first time in months today. Did it have a noticeable “jumping the shark” moment? It’s not what it used to be. It’s entirely driven by news clips. Play a funny clip, Jon Stewart makes a face and says something sarcastic. Jon laughs at his correspondent being absurd. Jon does an uninteresting interview.

America: The Book was a highlight, but the Crossfire Interview was undoubtedly The Daily Show’s high point. In retrospect, I first remember having my doubts about the Daily Show shortly after the Colbert Report started. I still enjoy Colbert. Somehow their two styles clash in a way that’s very unflattering to Jon. Whatever edge Jon used to have, Stephen’s got it now.

I just watched the Crossfire segment again, and it still brilliant after 18 months. Where’s that Jon Stewart? I wish he’d just talk on his show, instead of falling back on all the news clips and “correspondents”. Maybe then I’d start watching again.


  1. Evan M said,

    April 13, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Totally agree on all counts. I gave up on him.

  2. Ian said,

    April 14, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    I still enjoy tDS but if I’m watching back to back, I am always more excited halfway through the hour just as Colbert begins.