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Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Joshua Jackson says he owes his career to The Jon Stewart Show
The Affair star and Dawson's Creek alum and Stephen Colbert have something in common: they both owe their careers to Jon Stewart. Jackson was in high school during the 1994-95 school year coinciding with The Jon Stewart Show's only season in syndication, when it replaced The Arsenio Hall Show. Stewart's show didn't air until 1:30 a.m. where Jackson lived. "So I would stay up every night to watch the 1:30 show, which kept me up to 2:30, which meant that clearly I wasn’t gonna make my first class, so I just didn't," Jackson tells Colbert. "When I did that enough, they were like, ‘Well since you don’t want to come in the morning, you might as well not come in the afternoon, either.’”
Posted Sunday 3/18/18 at 3:44AM EDT
Anthony Scaramucci says he's turned down multiple reality TV offiers, and Jon Stewart
“I have been offered more than one reality show,” the former Trump White House staffer tells The Wrap. “I’ve said no to all of them.” Scaramucci says he didn't want to repeat the mistake Sean Spicer made at the Emmys. "I think Jon Stewart wanted me to wear a chicken suit or something like that at some fundraising event and I was like, ‘ok, that’s not me,'" he says. “I’m not wearing a chicken suit, you know, I think that’s like what the left likes to do with people that support Trump is they want to dehumanize you.”
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Comedy Central's second Clusterfest will feature Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah
Clusterfest 2018, set for June, will also include Tiffany Haddish, The Lonely Island and many more people from the world of comedy.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 2:48PM EST
Jessica Williams and 2 Dope Queens podcast partner Phoebe Robinson are coming to HBO in February — with Jon Stewart
HBO's four 2 Dope Queens specials, based on the podcast of the same name, will kick off with a reunion of Williams and her former Daily Show boss Stewart on Feb. 2. Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess and Uzo Aduba will appear in the following weeks. Tig Notaro directed all four episodes, which were taped in front of a live audience in Brooklyn.
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 8:34PM EST
There was no mention of Louis CK at Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars
The HBO autism charity fundraiser featured CK pals such as Chris Rock, but his sexual misconduct went unmentioned.
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Jon Stewart reunited with Jordan Klepper on The Opposition
Stewart wrapped up his Night of Too Many Stars promotional tour at his former Daily Show correspondent’s new Comedy Central show, where the diminutive Stewart and the very tall Klepper joked about their height difference.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Jon Stewart returns to The Daily Show as “Bernie Bernstein”
The former Daily Show host visited his old stomping grounds in the final stop of a weeks-long tour of nearly every late-night show to promote Saturday’s Night of Too Many Stars on HBO. Stewart's latest bit was playing the role of the fake Washington Post reporter featured in Alabama robocalls looking for dirt on Roy Moore.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Late-night’s predominantly white male hosts proved to be “woefully ill-equipped to deal” with Louis CK
“When you benefit from the same system that allows Louis CK to thrive, or when you laughed off the allegations like Jon Stewart—something he had to apologize for this week—who will take you seriously when you lash out at Louis CK?” wrote Ira Madison III, in an article published shortly before Al Franken’s sexual harassment scandal broke. “It was relatively easy for late-night to make jokes about Cosby, perhaps because they were from a different generation than him, his star had already fallen quite a bit, and because, well, they’re not black. It’s easy to make jokes when you’re an outsider, when the target isn’t someone ingrained in your life, when your success doesn’t mirror the success they’ve also enjoyed. There are plenty of R. Kelly jokes that late-night hosts have in their repertoire. Louis CK jokes, not so much.” He adds: “It’s why a diverse array of voices in late-night is so vital these days. Everyone who’s not a straight white male are the ones who’ve found themselves under attack this year, yet there are precious few people who can speak to that experience on late-night TV.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Jon Stewart on Louis CK’s sexual misconduct: “I didn’t know. What if I did? That’s the thing that bothers me. What if I did?”
“What if I had known one of the women who is making the accusations — and I don't...and one of them came to me and said...Louis did this,” Stewart told Howard Stern on Wednesday, reports Mashable. “Would I still have worked with him?...I can't honestly answer it, and that makes me feel sh*tty." Stewart acknowledged to Stern that Jezebel was right and he was wrong when it called out The Daily Show’s “Woman Problem” back in 2010. Yet when Jezebel’s sister publication Gawker reported rumors hinting of Louis CK’s masturbatory behavior in 2012, his first instinct was to mistrust it, and the internet’s “information-laundering system.” "Now their reaction makes sense to me," Stewart said. "They're furious and they've been dealing with this for years and years. And so for me to express even my obliviousness...is an indictment."
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 5:33PM EST
Jon Stewart: “I think I would have phoned it in” if I stayed on The Daily Show through the Trump era
Stewart said half-jokingly to Howard Stern this morning that he got “lazy” near the end of his Daily Show run. “I think I got to a point where I kind of didn’t think I could do anything else with it,” Stewart said. “And thank God I did, because before Trump came, you need somebody who’s 32, 33, still has that type of energy — that type of stamina. That fire to go at it. I think I would have phoned it in.” Stewart adds: “I felt like it was absolutely the right time.” ALSO: Listen to Stern's full interview with Stewart.
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 1:33PM EST
Jon Stewart fell short of his “supposedly progressive reputation” in his “weak” response to Louis CK’s sexual misconduct
The former Daily Show host said on Tuesday's Today show he was “stunned” when he learned about Louis CK's transgressions. But in his “vague, noncommittal response, Stewart manages to dance around condemning himself or even CK,” says Anna Menta. She adds: “He then stumbled through an awkward acknowledgement that ‘comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women,’ but was unable to say the words ‘sexual harassment.’ Compared with fellow comedian and CK pal Marc Maron's response to the scandal, Stewart's comments register as weak. On his podcast this week, Maron admitted he knew about the rumors and said that when he confronted CK about it, CK lied. He called CK's actions ‘gross, creepy, massively inappropriate and potentially traumatizing.’”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 2:27PM EST
Jon Stewart was “stunned” by Louis CK’s sexual harassment of women, says he could’ve done more
In a Today interview this morning, Stewart also addressed his brushing off of a questioner last year who asked about the Louis CK rumors. “I’ve had friends who have compulsions and have done things, gambling, or drinking, or drugs, and some of them have died," he said. "And you always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something? Could I have done more? And in this situation, I think we all could have." ALSO: Which comedian will follow Pamela Adlon's lead and fire Louis CK's ex-manager Dave Becky?
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Marc Maron: Louis CK denied the sexual misconduct rumors to me, and “I believed my friend”
“I knew what most people knew,” Maron said at the beginning of Monday’s WTF podcast episode, in addressing his longtime friend Louis CK's sexual misconduct revelations. Maron said he didn’t know the extent of his friend’s behavior until reading about it in The New York Times last week. Yet Maron said he once did broach the subject with Louis CK, asking about the published rumors, and CK would respond: "No, it's not true. It's not real. it's a rumor," Maron also pressed him on why he didn’t try to put a halt to the rumors. Maron pointed out that he knew one of the accusers, Rebecca Corey, but she never told him about her experience. The problem, he said, is that for women, “there was no place for them to go with these stories. It's f*cking sad.” Maron admitted his guilt and “man brain” with not having empathy for what women have experienced when it comes to harassment. Maron also revealed that he, too, was the victim of sexual harassment in college when a male teacher kissed him on the lips after they went to lunch. “My body went into paralysis,” he said of the experience. “It was almost like a leaving the body kind of moment… I felt bad, and I carried that confusion and shame for a while.” Maron said he won’t apologize for Louis CK’s behavior, but he’s sticking by him as a friend. “I’m disappointed in my friend,” said Maron. “He did some gross sh*t. Some damaging sh*t…He f*cked up, and he’s in big f*cking trouble. So what am I going to do? I’m going to be his friend.”
- Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel issued a statement on their friend Louis CK: “It’s obviously very upsetting, and we hope the victims are finding some solace. We’re thankful that the culture’s finally changing and allowing them to feel safe enough to speak out.”
- Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and other comedians are still with Dave Becky, Louis CK’s (now) ex-manager, who is accused of trying to silence CK's victims.
- While Poehler and Ansari sharing a manager with Louis CK isn’t a crime, their silence on his behavior is particularly glaring
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Louis CK’s “these stories are true” statement contains "several deliberate lies"
"Nestled into CK's admission of fact—'these stories are true'—are several deliberate lies," says Christina Cauterucci. The statement the comedian released Friday represented the “lowest possible bar,” which seemed to appease some reading his statement, she adds. “We have become so accustomed to powerful men calling accusers liars, money-grubbers, and too ugly to assault that a simple admission of truth strikes us as alarmingly mature,” she says. But Cauterucci says if you parsed Louis CK’s statement, you would see that his “phrasing is cunning and specific: Perhaps he did ask each woman if he could take out his penis before he showed it to them, but he doesn’t say they said yes, because many didn’t.” She adds: “What makes this statement even worse is CK’s carefully crafted reputation as a self-aware, self-deprecating guy who’s given a lot of thought to gender dynamics and exploitation.” And to top it all off, she adds, “C.K. never says he’s sorry in his statement. The closest he comes to apologizing is 'I have been remorseful of my actions.' His decision to blanket over his history of abuse with explanations and justifications instead of offering a straightforward apology probably means he’s looking for a way back into the good graces of his audience.”
- Why FX cutting all ties with Louis CK is a big deal: “CK’s firing marks the effective end of one of the young century’s most consequential TV careers, one that endlessly made grist of sexual anxieties and peccadilloes about which it’d seem impossible to laugh, now.
- Louis CK shouldn’t be praised for making “one not-totally-god-awful PR move,” then covering "his a** legally by implying a level of consent from his victims"
- What do we want in an apology?: “Is a good apology enough if it only comes on the heels of mounting and irrefutable evidence against you?”
- Louis CK’s sexual harassment problem actually makes his work make more sense
- A sex therapist explains why men force women to watch them masturbate
- Confessions of a former Louis CK fan, who admired him 85% and loathed him 15%
- Louis CK and, allegedly, Matthew Weiner didn’t just sexually harass women — they silenced them
- Standup comedian and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin: “The moment a female comic steps offstage, her power dissipates. She is a woman, again. A famous comic can masturbate in front of her and his powerful manager can tell her to stop complaining about it.”
- Questioner who tried to get Jon Stewart to speak about the Louis CK rumors last year responds to The New York Times bombshell
- Many critics considered Louis CK one of the greatest living comedians — so what happens now?
- Tear down the “Boys’ Club” that protected Louis CK: He was able to thrive amid the sexual harassment rumors because his "behavior didn’t hurt the system," says Guy Branum, host of TruTV’s Talk Show the Game Show. “It maintained the system. It alienated women from careers in comedy and allowed everyone to continue to live in a world where they could believe that the table, the Official Council of American Funny, was a place only straight men were worthy of reaching."
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 6:08PM EST
Louis CK seemed to be obsessed with creepy masturbation jokes
Comedians like to make jokes about masturbation. But as The Cut points out, Louis CK’s “preoccupation with the subject takes on more sinister (and creepy) overtones in the light” of today’s New York Times bombshell. The Cut has selected 17 times Louis CK told a creepy masturbation joke.
- Comedian Jen Kirkman, who publicly referenced Louis CK’s alleged sexual misconduct in a 2014 podcast, now says he’s “no longer a friend”
- One Day at a Time showrunner Mike Royce doesn’t recall any bad behavior working with Louis CK on HBO’s Lucky Louie
- Here’s how Jon Stewart reacted last year when asked about the allegations against Louis CK, his last Daily Show guest
- Rosie O’Donnell, Girls’ Jenni Konner, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom react to the Louis CK news