The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History
From the first meeting with Craig Kilborn to the Trevor Noah takeover and beyond, The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History is an enlightening stroll down memory lane.
If you love comedy, political skewering, or just someone calling bullshit on society’s behavior, this book is a must read. It’s a comprehensive work that encompasses interviews and anecdotes from almost anyone who worked on The Daily Show. Network execs, writers, producers, production staff, correspondents, hosts, and interviewees are all in here.
There are several points that are abundantly clear in this book:
- The Daily Show and its staff impacted more lives than you might expect.
- Even through a few fragile relationships, Jon Stewart engendered respect if not fierce loyalty.
- The Daily Show proved that a television show could alter the course of not just American, but world politics.
It’s safe to say the hallmark of a great book is that you can’t put it down. For me, this is one of those books. I opened the book on a Friday evening and by Saturday night I was half-way through the 400-plus page book. That was just from reading in my spare moments. There were many times where I told myself I didn’t need to do something else, I could just continue reading. However, it got to the point where I had to force myself to put the book down because I didn’t want it to end. Silly, I know.
This book is also an emotional roller coaster. I found myself cringing, smiling, getting angry, tearing up, and laughing out loud. I want to detail which interviews or anecdotes elicited these emotions, but I’d rather you read it and discover for yourselves. Of course, there are behind-the-scenes peeks at the network dealings regarding talent and contracts that I found fascinating. Among other things, it explains how other shows spawned from The Daily Show. As soon as I finished the book, I went to Comedy Central to watch the final episode (below) and the waterworks started all over again. If you’ve read it, share your thoughts.