This satirical parody of the nightly news features commentary by anchor Jon Stewart about the nation’s politics and the circus of the national media.
Each show opens with a monologue from Stewart about recent headlines and then features a report from a correspondent, joining Stewart at the anchor desk or reporting live from “the field.” Reports from correspondents typically include illogical and embellished slants on current events. In the final segment, Stewart interviews a famous personality, from politicians to actors and musicians to authors. The show then ends with “Your Moment of Zen,” a random, amusing clip of video, usually culled from recent news event footage.
The program also features regular segments from contributors: Lewis Black in “Back in Black” discussing stories in the media that have “fallen through the cracks;” in “Trendspotting” Dimitri Martin dishes on all things hip at the moment; “This Week in God” features Stephen Colbert examining “everything God did this week;” “Ad Nauseam” with Steve Carrell provides his observations on advertisements; and Jason Jones examines what is necessary to survive a bad situation in “Are You Prepared?!”
The show has spurred the careers of its comedian correspondents which include Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Frank DeCaro, Ed Helms, Beth Littleford, Mo Rocca, Dave Attell, Rob Coddry, Nancy Walls, Samantha Bee, and Jason Jones.
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