I admire Stephen like crazy when he uses his satire to make a point. Monday’s episode had me thinking long and hard about questions of timing and priorities and the demand to put gospel truth before institutions and rituals. And on Tuesday I did come across a fascinating quote from an interview with Stephen on CNN. He was talking about The Daily Show writing process and the way they were all news junkies and would come to the work day having read all the news of the day. He said, “For about five hours we’d scream at each other about the things in the news that were making us crazy and then we’d distill that rage into jokes so it didn’t come across as strident.”

Last night’s Report reminded me how much I love it when he finds a bit of silliness in the satire. The clip on the Vatican going carbon-neutral has expired, but don’t miss Stephen and John Mellencamp threatening to arm wrestle over peace and Bible quotes.

ETA: Apparently the Mellencamp video has expired as well.


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