An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, The Correspondents, Staff and Guests
By Chris Smith and Jon Stewart
This is the story of how a marginal show on basic cable became a major force in show business and politics. Like Tom Shales’ book about Saturday Night Live, reading the book is a lot like watching a documentary with a lot of talking heads. It is comprehensive and still funny.
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On Jan. 4, 2016 The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz wrote “Ready For Prime Time” about Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones.
Dexter Filkins wrote “Swamped” about Jeb Bush’s disastrous environmental policies as Governor of Florida.
Larissa MacFarquhar wrote “What Money Can Buy” about Ford Foundation president Darren Walker’s new efforts to fight inequality around the world.
Laura Secor wrote “War Of Words” about Asieh Amini an exiled activist trying to end the stoning deaths of women in Iran.
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The NBC Late Show starring Seth Meyers has been on for more than a year. The template for the show was created by David Letterman then refined by Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Meyers was one of the better writers on Saturday Night Live and it is apparent on this show. His writers appear and perform their own material. Meyers makes notes on camera when jokes do not go well. He does not do a stand-up monologue, but sits behind a desk to deliver jokes on the news. He regularly has authors push their books. He is the only late night host to recreate New Yorker cartoons on camera. Pretty high brow stuff late at night.
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