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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Man, Jon's wife having a baby totally went under the radar...ok, just me? Ok...

Jon Stewart Has Daughter


The Daily Show host Jon Stewart is celebrating after his wife Tracey gave birth to their second child on Saturday.

The 43-year-old funnyman, who will host the Oscars next month, and his veterinary technician wife, 38, welcomed a baby girl in a New York hospital.

The couple, who wed in 2000, have a 19-month-old son Nathan Thomas.

TV network Comedy Central posted a message on their website, declaring: "Mom, dad, baby and big brother are all doing great."
Stewart's spokesman tells People magazine, "Maggie Rose Stewart was born on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan and she was six pounds, nine ounces."


Jon Stewart Baby Scoop

by Marcus Errico
Feb 7, 2006, 2:25 PM PT

Jon Stewart has a new little person in his life, and we're not talking about Oscar.

The Daily Show fake news purveyor and soon-to-be Academy Award host is officially on diaper duty after he and wife Tracey welcomed a baby girl over the weekend.

"Mom, dad, baby and big brother are all doing great," reads a posting on the Comedy Central Website. According to Stewart's publicist, the child was named Maggie Rose Stewart. She made her big entrance Saturday in Manhattan, weighing in at six pounds, nine ounces.

Maggie is the couple's second child. The Emmy-winning Daily Show anchor, 43, and his wife, a 38-year-old veterinary technician, welcomed son Nathan Thomas in July 2004.

Stewart first announced he was expecting a daughter on The Late Show with David Letterman last October.

"I don't know that much about women," Stewart said on the show. "A girl, she's going to want me to have tea with her and her panda. Like, what am I going to do with that?

"A boy child, I feel like I'll know how to deal with it if he has a problem. I'll just be able to say to him, 'Well, repress it,' and he will hopefully swallow that, as I have. And then you figure you have 30 years before it comes out over dinner where somebody spills the gravy and then you're like, 'I hate you!' "

Stewart skipped out on Monday night's Daily Show taping but was due back at the desk on Tuesday. He will make the trip out to L.A. to host the Oscars on Mar. 5.

Oh my gaw, my first entry in 2 months

Oscars Host Stewart Prepares for Big Stage

By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment WriterSat Feb 18, 4:40 PM ET

Jon Stewart just won the Heisman — the comedians' version. As host of the Academy Awards, Stewart joins an elite group that includes Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.

"It doesn't mean you're going to have a good pro career, or even do well in the bowl game," Stewart says, sitting in his Manhattan office behind a desk cluttered with papers. "But to get to that point means something. Now you're in the club."

Membership requires entertaining a television audience of more than 40 million, plus getting laughs from some of the most powerful people in Hollywood.

Stewart's up for the challenge. It's why he took the gig. The huge audience. The intense glare.

"For a comedian," he says, "it feels like the ultimate stage."

But between preparing for the Oscars, hosting Comedy Central's award-winning fake news program "The Daily Show" and caring for his newborn daughter and 19-month-old son with wife Tracey, Stewart is going for a record-breaking season.

Punctuated with a smirk.

"Some people will burn themselves to the nub," says the 43-year-old. "I've decided to exist in a sea of mediocrity. That's allowed me to do all my tasks, but to in fact do them poorly."

He's even allowed his familial obligations "to suffer and absolutely corrode."

"What we're hoping is, in my daughter's first two weeks, she's not going to remember a whole lot of this," he says. "So instead of me being there, I just take my deodorant and jam it in her crib. She'll have the faint smell of me but won't really know I haven't been an influence."

In reality, Stewart and his "Daily Show" writing team are putting on the nightly program while preparing material for the big night on March 5. They'll do that until the week before the Oscars, when Stewart will land in Los Angeles with just a handful of writers in tow. He hasn't even had time to see all the nominated films yet.

But if he's nervous, he's not showing it.

"If I had to go out there and surf, that would be a problem," Stewart says. "But you know, it's just comedy."

The New Jersey native started doing stand-up in New York in 1986. He moved to television in 1990 as host of Comedy Central's "Short Attention Span Theater." Stewart also hosted his own show on MTV and appeared in such films such as "Half Baked" and "Big Daddy" before taking on hosting duties at "The Daily Show" in 1999. Since then, the program has become a cultural touchstone, even the main source of news for many young people.

"Hopefully I've done enough things that prepare (me) to walk out in front of an (Oscar) audience and do the jokes," he says.

Besides, what he's really excited about is "getting to use the same bathroom Steve Martin did" and enjoying "refreshments" in the green room.

"My sincere hope is that there are some fun-size chocolate bars backstage, in say, a wicker basket," Stewart says. "Whether they be Musketeers or Milky Way, not really the issue."

Though he's known for his irreverent approach to comedy and current events — Dick Cheney's recent shooting incident was like "a gift" — Stewart says he won't get too topical, even in this year of highly political Oscar contenders.

It's not "The Daily Show," he says. Accepting the gig means abiding by Oscar convention.

"He's 78, I'm 43, I will defer," he says. "I'm not an anarchist. I'm a comedian."

Stewart and his staff have free comedic rein and plan to focus their jokes on the Oscar pomp, he says. But the serious subject matter of the year's best picture candidates — revenge, racism, injustice, murder and doomed romance — could present some challenges.

"You're gonna see a ton of 'Munich' stuff. Lots of hilarity to be mined there," Stewart deadpans. "This would not be the easiest song parody in the world to pull off. Not a whole lot rhymes with 'Syriana' or 'Capote.'"

The comedian's reputation for cracking wise on political affairs adds interest to the Oscars, says Robert Thompson, professor of television and pop culture at Syracuse University, who called Stewart a "public intellectual."

Time magazine named Stewart one of its most influential people of 2005. Outside the United States, "The Daily Show" is broadcast on the news channel CNN International.

"To have a public intellectual host the Oscars, that doesn't happen too much," Thompson says. "My biggest worry would be that he'd upstage the entire night."

Stewart says he's just hoping to deliver a competent performance. He hopes to avoid "doing something so screwy," a la David Letterman's infamous Oprah/Uma, that it's repeated every year as Oscar lore.

Besides that, even bombing would be OK, he says.

"I've bombed in front of many fine audiences filled with many talented people," he says. "And if this is that night, well, that's the way it goes."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I didn't want to post this at first, but I guess some people are wondering why Mondays' ep was a repeat:

'Daily Show' halts production following suicide
Monday December 12 6:23 PM ET

An employee of the Comedy Central program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" has committed suicide, leading the network to suspend production of Monday night's episode of the program, a spokesman confirmed.

Bill Clarey, 25, took his own life over the weekend, according to the network. A former "Daily Show" intern, Clarey also worked as a receptionist at the program's offices in New York.

"Bill Clarey, a young staff member of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,' passed away over the weekend. He was a wonderful and dedicated employee and all of us at Comedy Central and 'The Daily Show' are devastated by his loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends," the network said in a statement.

Comedy Central has sent grief counselors to the "Daily Show" set to help its employees, sources said, who first learned of the suicide upon coming to work Monday. The network was scheduled to shoot a week's worth of new episodes before shutting down for the final two weeks of the year. The network will air a "Daily Show" repeat instead of the regularly scheduled episode.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporte

Friday, December 02, 2005

Stephen Colbert will be on Letterman soon:

We 12/14: Stephen Colbert

Monday, November 28, 2005



"Last Laugh '05" Features Comedians Lewis Black, David Cross, Greg Giraldo,
Lisa Lampanelli, Carlos Mencia, Sarah Silverman And David Spade
With Special Appearances By Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert And Andy Dick
Musical Performances From Death Cab For Cutie & Yellowcard
"COMEDY CENTRAL’s Last Laugh ‘05" To Be Broadcast On Sunday, December 11, 9:00 P.M.*

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

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Black Forecast for Weather Channel
Tue Nov 08,10:55 PM ET

Talk about your severe weather warning.

Daily Show resident ranter and self-proclaimed weatherman watcher Lewis Black is blowing in to the Weather Channel.

The comic has been tapped to enliven the meteorologically minded basic cable staple, taping multiple segments that will begin airing Wednesday night.

"I'm going to make my transition to weatherman soon," Black joked Tuesday via phone from his Manhattan apartment.

The comic, best known for his Thursday "Back in Black" diatribes on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, is the first of several celebrities the Atlanta-based Weather Channel hopes to recruit to shake up its typical servings of five-day forecasts and storm alerts.

"I had more material on weather than anyone else, I guess," says Black. He claims he was an avid watcher of the channel "back when I was traveling a lot [on the road as a standup comic], between airport security and the weather...I just wanted to be prepared for sitting in the airport."

So far, Black has taped "five or six" segments, each about two minutes long ("I'm the two-minute guy," cracks Black), including a riff on global warming taped Monday that may become a regular feature.

"They gave me free rein," he says.

Black, 57, will also get to play with the network's maps and interact with the network's on-air personalities, whom Black calls "terrific."

"We'll see if it works out," he says.

Black's career has been on a tornadic tear lately. Aside from his Weather Channel and Daily Show gigs, he will appear in two films next year: the political satire Man of the Year with Robin Williams and the high-school slacker comedy Accepted.

Black on Broadway, a DVD of his incendiary standup, was released in January, and he was featured in a cover story in the New York Times Magazine in March. Black also continues to hit the road, with stops next week in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento.

And to what does he attribute his increased exposure?

"I was rooting for the baby Jesus, and finally he started rooting for me."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Last Couch Giveaway!

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