Okay, maybe they need writers after all
After my last blog post, where I said that the longer the late-night TV hosts go sans writers the more polished they will get, I must now perhaps eat those words. Maybe it’s more of a hit-or-miss affair, where some nights they’ve got it and some nights they don’t.
“The Daily Show” — sorry, I mean “A Daily Show” — was decidedly a miss last night. Jon Stewart clearly looked uncomfortable as he struggled through his material lampooning the most recent campaign-related TV clips. While even a lackluster Stewart is still worth watching, this was clearly not his best night, as he could not get the audience fully into the show or over the threshold of the restrained-chuckle level. At one point he even confessed, “Awfully quiet in here…”
And then his interview of Liberal Fascism author Jonah Goldberg went 18 minutes instead of the alloted six, so it had to be cut way down, with Stewart doing a spliced-in intro before the interview saying that it was “choppy as hell. We did the best we could.”
So it was a weird show, and not one of the series’ highlights.
Actually, the best part was the (heavily edited) interview, where Stewart went head-to-head with Goldberg, who seemed to have no limit of implausible -ism-related labels that proved useless. One of the funniest interview questions I’ve ever heard came when Stewart asked him, “How is organic food fascist?”
Further evidence of my belief that some people are willing to pointlessly politicize anything.