May 8, 2015
WERE YOU shocked to hear about Jon Stewart's post-"Daily-Show" plan to join his Philly-born wife, Tracey Stewart, in running a farm for rescued animals? It was no surprise to Gene Baur, who has helped reshape attitudes - the Stewarts' and many others' - about food and animals since cofounding the first Farm Sanctuary for rescued farm animals almost 30 years ago. Baur was a recent "Daily Show" guest, and when I inquired, postinterview, about reports that his first book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food , was a major influence on the Stewarts, he shrugged off the credit, saying, "All of us here at Farm Sanctuary are very grateful to the Stewarts.
April 23, 2015 |
Jon Stewart reveals big date The world will become less tolerable for millions of human beings on Aug. 6. That's the last day Jon Stewart will appear as host of the most important news program in history, The Daily Show , which he has steered valiantly for 16 years. By abandoning his post, Stewart will deliver the biggest blow to the quality - and perhaps even the quantity - of TV news since Walter Cronkite retired from the CBS Evening News in 1981. The Comedy Central show is to be taken over by South African comedian Trevor Noah . Derek Hough's injuries Dancing With the Stars champion extraordinaire Derek Hough on Monday suffered an injury during a show rehearsal.
April 9, 2015 |
MUCH HAS been made about the absence of fact-checkers and copy editors in journalism, but how about at the post office? The U.S. mail introduced a "Forever" stamp featuring the late Maya Angelou yesterday, with a quote on it that wasn't written by Angelou. D'oh! "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song," the Angelou stamp reads. Alas, the quote was written by poet Joan Walsh Anglund and published in 1967. The Washington Post said that Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders initially defended the use of the quote, saying it had been widely attributed to Angelou.
February 13, 2015 |
Celebs mourn Stewart "No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show !!" So tweets Charmed alum Alyssa Milano , echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans cut to the quick by Stewart's decision to leave his pioneering faux-news program. He was a source of news, a media critic, and a talk-show host who chatted with fascinating guests. He even helped make a few careers. "Shocked & sad to see the man who gave me my big break . . . is ready to hang it up," says Josh Gad . Many fans are angry that they'll have to sit through the 2016 elections without the guidance of the (fake)
January 8, 2015 |
Endangered Center City diner Little Pete's has won a Hollywood ally - comedian John Hodgman of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart , whose appeal to save the greasy spoon made its way to the ears of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on Tuesday. The satirist, with one million Twitter followers, penned an ode of outrage about a hotel project that threatens to replace the 38-year-old restaurant, which he called his "favorite scrapple counter in the world. " In a blog post Monday, Hodgman name-checked Johnson for his proposed zoning-change ordinance, which would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor Streets.
December 19, 2014 |
* THE COLBERT REPORT. 11:30 tonight, Comedy Central. I'LL MISS Stephen Colbert. Not the smart, funny guy who'll be taking over CBS' "Late Show" from David Letterman next year, but the gleefully obtuse persona who's entertained Comedy Central viewers for nine seasons of "The Colbert Report. " That Stephen Colbert's run ends tonight. The character who in his first show coined the word "truthiness" to describe a certainty stronger than facts or logic leaves a gap I wouldn't then have imagined could exist.
November 15, 2014 |
WHEN "The Daily Show" sent a fake newsman to do a facetious story about Iranian politics in 2009, the mullahs didn't get it. In fact, they arrested Maziar Bahari, the Iranian journalist who participated in the "interview," then imprisoned him and abused him for several months. His experience became a book that's now become a movie - written and directed by "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, making his debut behind the camera. Some see Stewart's choice to tell Bahari's story as a sort of a mea culpa, a way of apologizing for being a Western journo-comedy dilettante blundering into a very real, literal-minded world where "jokes" have life-and-death consequences.
November 15, 2014
IN JON STEWART'S "Rosewater," freedom-loving people armed with the modern tools of communication rattle the forces of oppression. It's a profile of imprisoned Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, which starts as an examination of one individual's resilient spirit, and expands into a portrait of a people rising up against a government ultimately powerless to stop a tech-fed flood of information. Right on! You leave the theater with a bounce in your step. Then your own tech-fed flood of information reminds you that the U.S. surveillance state is now hassling our own journalists, that our leaders are now joint-venturing with the same Iranian mullahs who imprisoned Bahari.
September 19, 2014 |
FOR ALL the backlash surrounding the most-gabbed about celeb couple of our time, it's nice to hear Kim Kardashian and Kanye West using their powers for good, chatting with a Philly student in need of some positive vibes. Kardashian posted a photo of herself on Instagram that showed her chatting on FaceTime with an ailing Alyson Raywood , who identifies herself as a St. Joseph's University student, class of '17. St. Joe's confirmed Raywood, who hails from Rumson, N.J., is an active student at the university.
April 11, 2014 |
AVOIDING A YEAR of speculation, name-dropping and lobbying, CBS yesterday named Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert to take over the "Late Show" from David Letterman , when Letterman retires next year. Colbert, 49, has been hosting "The Colbert Report" at 11:30 p.m. since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host/blowhard. The character will retire with "The Colbert Report," which will end its run in December. "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. I'm looking forward to it," Colbert said in a statement.