In 1998, the still relatively young cable network Comedy Central wanted to show its viewers that it wasn’t afraid to dip its toes into the troubled waters of politics. Two years earlier, it had created a program called The Daily Show, tackling the dirty deeds of the political world with a humorous angle. The program had been relatively successful, but two years in, the program’s original host, Craig Kilborn, decided to bow out.
For his second to last show, Kilborn brought on the comedian chosen to take his place: Jon Stewart. Their on-air chat kicked off with a few gags that would become staples of Stewart’s tenure: jokes about his shortness and his being Jewish. As a welcome present, Kilborn gave Stewart a phone book to sit on.
When Kilborn asked Stewart what he would change about the show, Stewart quickly replied, “Changes? This is The Daily Show, man!… Read the rest