Your moment of Zen

Ah, Jonny, we hardly knew ye. Even after 16 years.

I saw this coming a while back. His was a fine line to walk with an impossible burden to bear — being both a comedian and a newsman at the same time. He knew it was wrong, but he did it anyway.

And Jon Stewart was very good at it, for a very long time.

But it had become clear that he’d lost his enthusiasm for professional multiple-personality disorder — Am I a comedian? A newsman? Something else entirely? — and the nightly performance anxiety must have been withering, with acolytes and assholes alike hanging on his every word.

The targets of his barbs will be cackling with glee and flinging a few feeble darts of their own in his direction as he departs. That will be irksome, but not as irksome as wondering who — if anyone — can follow Jon Stewart’s act.

What, now we have to start paying attention to the real news? That shit don’t be funny, yo.

• Editor’s note: The video up top may be Jon Stewart’s first interview. It’s a clip from the special “George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy,” which first aired in February 1997. If you’ve never seen it, check Kindly Old Doc Google. You probably won’t find the entire thing in one place, but there are bits here and here and here.

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15 Responses to “Your moment of Zen”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    George went away. Shit. But at least Obama is honest.

  2. Steve O Says:

    Mark Twain. H L Mencken. Will Rogers. Jon Stewart. Very short list there.

  3. Steve O Says:

    “Finally someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq War.”

    So well said.

    • Larry T. Says:

      +1 Now if they could just get the rest of ’em. They’ll certainly find someone else to host the show, I thought it was pretty good with Kilborn back-in-the-day, so I hope it continues and creates a new career for someone. Maybe Brian Williams could take it over?

  4. Steve O Says:

    The good news about Stewart stepping down?

    Death to Smoochie 2!

  5. md anderson Says:

    NOOOOOOO!!! Damn, now I’ll have to watch the real news. My TV won’t survive.

  6. Ryan Says:

    Gonna miss Jon but I’ve been wondering if this was coming for a few years…sigh. Well we still have Daily Show alum, and funny Brit, Mr. Oliver over on HBO doing “Last Week Tonight” . I really hope someone steps in to keep on making us laugh and skewering those in need of it.

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