Monday June 1, 2020

Screen test: Jon Stewart interview

Jon Stewart made his name as the face of liberal America, fronting The Daily Show for 16 years. But now he’s moving behind the cameras – and is unfazed by any critical kickings. Interview: Stephen Milton. Picture: Victoria Will/AP.

9th May, 2015
Jon Stewart: ‘I could try to ruin the country in a different way. I’ve been trying to ruin it through television, so why not try to do the same through the political process as well?’

‘From what I understand, to run for political office requires background checks,” says Jon Stewart, smirking. “We’re talking every inch, every movement of your personal history. I don’t necessarily think it would be a good idea.”

On August 6, the former stand-up comedian turned liberal commentator will exit The Daily Show, Comedy Central’s satirical news programme, which he fronted for an astonishing 16 years.

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