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:
Back on August 10, just after Donald Trump suggested that perhaps “the Second Amendment people” could do “something” about Hillary Clinton, and his supporters explained he meant they could put on an unprecedented display of unity, Trevor Noah had a very reasonable-sounding complaint about a potential Trump Presidency:
About a year ago, back before even one episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert ever aired on CBS, the network wanted to introduce its shiny new host to a broader audience. And so journalists like Dave Itzkoff found themselves with behind-the-scenes access as Colbert & friends frantically readied for their big launch. What they produced, generally speaking, was not journalism. Here’s a sample I found particularly objectionable:
[Editor’s note: I wrote this post a week ago. I promptly forgot to publish it. Rubio’s departure from the primary this evening simultaneously reminded me of its existence and rendered it obsolete. C’est la vie.]
Last week [Editor’s note: two weeks ago], in the immediate wake of Super Tuesday, The Daily Show put together a segment contrasting the Rubio campaign’s persistent optimism with Marco’s underwhelming performance in the Republican primaries so far:
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.
On Thursday, Trevor Noah opened The Daily Show by reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay of Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Noah noted that the Court’s move was essentially unprecedented: “The Supreme Court blocked Obama’s climate regulation before the case even reached them. And this is the first time . . . that they’ve ever done this.”
And he followed up with a bit of advice for the Supreme Court that began to sound extremely awkward only about a day and a half after Thursday’s show. Highlights (i.e. the most relevant bits) are in bold:
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: