“Welcome to The daily programMy name is Jon Stewart.”
The comedian has begun his return to Comedy Central and is excited.
“Now, where was I? I'm excited to be back. Why am I back, you might be wondering, it's a very reasonable question. I committed many crimes, and from what I understand, talk show hosts receive immunity. It doesn’t make much sense, but talk to the founders,” he added.
Stewart was returning to the franchise he changed, apparently replacing Trevor Noah, who left over a year ago, with some famous guest hosts helping out in between.
He kicked off the show as he always did, with some good-natured political ribbing. He also got another jibe at Apple, which canceled his previous show, The Problem with Jon Stewart, because of his interest in talking about some difficult topics for the tech giant.
“We will have a lot to talk about this year; in the elections, maybe we’ll talk about China, AI, something a little lighter, Israel/Palestine,” he said.
After some Super Bowl jokes, he focused on the conspiracy involving the CIA's effort to turn Taylor Swift and her relationship with Super Bowl winner Travis Kelce into a spy for President Biden.
“It’s almost as if the right’s ridiculous obsession with politicizing every aspect of American life has ruined everything,” he said.
Stewart, who came to the recording to the sound of Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run, brought back one of his audience's favorite parts: Indecision.
He released a few titles: Indecision 2024: American Demockracy (“we added a 'k', which makes it wittier”), Indecision 2024: Electil Dysfunction (“we changed a letter, are you disappointed yet?) and Indecision 2024: Antiques Roadshow .
In a classic Stewart move, he got serious. “I've learned one thing over these past nine years and I've been simplistic at best and probably dismissive at worst about it: the work of making this world look like the one you'd rather live in is a shitty job. lunch, day after day, where thousands of committed, intelligent and dedicated people knock on closed doors and pick up those who have fallen and work on problems until they get a positive result. Even so, it is necessary to continue to ensure that the result is valid. The good news is, I'm not saying you don't need to worry about who wins the election, I'm saying you need to worry about every day before and after, forever. Although, on the positive side, I'm told the Sun will run out of hydrogen,” he said.
Tonight's guest was Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist. The episode is being simulcast on CMT, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.