One month before the election, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart holdover correspondent Lewis Black turned up on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to record a fresh segment of Back in Black. He highlighted how few Americans choose to vote and urged eligible voters to overcome personal distaste for both candidates:
Trevor Noah is not the first person to artlessly skewer Marco Rubio for being something of a sweaty guy. Indeed, Donald Trump noted it at least eight different ways a full year out from the 2016 election, and if Trump did it, you know he did it better and classier than it’s ever been done before, believe me.
As of last night’s show, Jon Stewart has exactly three months left on the air. Sad face. And he marked the occasion of one of the final Daily Shows with Jon Stewart by welcoming back an old friend, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.
The two engaged in a fairly enlightening conversation about negotiations with Iran and the current state of the United States’ switch to a clean energy economy. That was three puns about electricity, for the record.
Wait, did I say “welcome back”? That’s weird. If you run a search for “Moniz”, the only Daily Show hits are from May 6th:
Last night, the Daily Show graphics team earned an eye roll from Jon Stewart, when they titled his segment on donations to the Clinton Foundation by foreign governments while Hillary was Secretary of State: “Really?” he asked. “A little old reference, but all right.”
Seventy three-year old Independent Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination this coming Thursday, April 30. I suppose waiting one whole day until International Workers’ Day on May 1 would have been too predictable for the socialist candidate.
But my nitpicking over the timing of Sanders’ announcement probably won’t matter at the end of the day (May Day, that is). Hillary is widely predicted to run him over in the primary. It’s easy to see from the disparity in media coverage that she is simply viewed as a much more serious candidate.
Jon Stewart used the bulk of last night’s show to hammer CNN, among others, for heavily covering the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner while ignoring riots in nearby Baltimore. It was a Daily Show much like any other. And so after the final commercial break, there were only two* bits of housekeeping left:
- First, like every Monday, Jon Stewart (who ends at 11:30) handed off to Larry Wilmore (who starts at 11:30).
- Second, like every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (but not Friday, ahem, The Guardian), the Moment of Zen.
Last night, Stewart and Wilmore spent their minute or so of hand-off discussing Mall Cop 2. And then, during the Moment of Zen, came the real hand-off. Here’s a screenshot:
Like its mothershow (the daily one), Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show employs several regular correspondents. This is not altogether surprising. Although the Nightly Show added a few twists to differentiate itself from the show that airs just beforehand, the format remains largely recognizable — after all, Wilmore served as Jon Stewart’s Senior Black correspondent for nearly a decade.
There is, however, one major difference between Daily Show and Nightly Show correspondents, which is as follows: Nightly Show correspondents are not very good. One, in particular, stands out as out of place on Comedy Central: Shenaz Treasury, who has appeared on the show several times. It’s not that she is a bad person, or isn’t perfectly bubbly and delightful — it’s that she’s just not funny.
People were so unhappy with the way Ted met Your Mother that the DVD box set was forced to include a more palatable “alternate” ending. But even that edition’s addition has not helped everyone come to grips with the fact that the neverending show finally ended.
For instance, Jon Stewart.
Last Wednesday, Jon Stewart ran a segment titled “Seriously, Guys, What Are We Doing Here?” The piece was addressed to the reporters who stalk Hillary around the country, and centered around a clip depicting several dozen of them sprinting after her “Mystery Mobile” (so-named because it resembles Scooby’s vehicle of choice).
After suggesting several good reasons for someone to chase vans — “If the van was perhaps the Good Humor truck, and you were five” — Stewart proceeds to
good humorlessly berate his targets: