Who will take the gold this year, for hating the gays?
The Daily Show is Hilarious and this new ( what I hope actually will be a recurring segment ) really made me laugh. Neil deGrasse Tyson is scientist and apparently a comedian as well.
In a tirade clocking in just over 3 minutes, last night Jon Stewart hilariously adds fuel to the New York-Chicago rivalry by comparing Chicago-style “not-pizza” to like having “sex with a corpse made of sandpaper”, “an above-ground marinara swimming pool for rats”, “tomato soup in a bread bowl”, and a “tauntaun to keep warm”.
Head over to Foodspin for just the tirade portion of the video.
TDS has the entire ≈7 minute clip below:
I love how tough she comes across when she’s playing, but she’s a total sweetheart with Stewart…so cute, and humble….
Jon Stewart reminds Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg that the wealthy descendants of immigrants shitting on those fresh off the boat is our American heritage.
Jon Stewart finds the theme of “We Built It” so infectious he can’t help but join in.
As difficult as it is to find good writing about religion, it is harder still to find good television about religion. Most televangelists do not do good (challenging, nuanced) religious television: one of their goals may be to educate, or win converts, but they have to raise money, and offering sophisticated portraits of religion is as likely to close people’s wallets as open them. Religious television series tend to be unwatchable: no Touched by an Angel for me. And talk-show hosts are rarely any better when it comes to religion. The skepticism of Bill Maher can be as simplistic as the basest prosperity gospel, and we should all be glad that the eager gullibility of Oprah is now quarantined on her own network. Except for public television’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, it is hard to find intelligent talk about religion on TV.
Except for Jon Stewart, that is. The secular Jewish comedian, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, covers religion often, but more important, he covers it well. Stewart seems to genuinely enjoy interviewing religious figures, whether of the left (like Sojourners magazine’s Jim Wallis) or the right (like pseudo-historian, political advisor and textbook consultant David Barton). Some of The Daily Show’s best sketches deal with religion, and his writers and multi-ethnic cast — including one of the few recognizable Muslim comedians in America, Aasif Mandvi — frequently move beyond satire. They are often funny, but just as often smart.
Above all, however, Stewart and his writers do two things that make them unique on popular television. First, they cover — and yes, I would say “cover,” not just satirize or mock — a wide range of religions. If you watched only The Daily Show, you would nonetheless learn, in time, about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and a whole spectrum of smaller faiths, a category that I would argue includes atheism. And second, they pay attention to points of theology that more traditional news and talk shows skip over. Using chunks of time that would be unthinkable on a network newscast — six minutes for a segment on Mormonism! — The Daily Show teaches the finer points of belief, mining them for humor but at the same time serving a real educational function.