Jon Stewart has a new talk show, but he plans to do more listening

I think the mistake is to think that this speech was me saying, “And this is how we win.” This is not the case. There are so many diffe...


I think the mistake is to think that this speech was me saying, “And this is how we win.” This is not the case. There are so many different ways to create a positive culture.

Do you think “The Daily Show” made people more cynical?

I think people always thought “The Daily Show” was cynical and it never was, in my mind. This show is definitely not. If anything, it’s too idealistic and naive. Cynical would be to claim that the show is really doing something. It isn’t and I don’t think any of us ever thought so. But it did us good. It was a bear scratching its ass on a tree.

Is the goal of “The Problem With Jon Stewart” to give a platform to those directly affected by an issue and those with the power to do something about it, then viewers will hopefully be encouraged to take action this problem themselves?

No. [Laughs.] I don’t think we can ever lose sight of the fact that it’s still just TV. I am not trying to disparage the form I have worked in for my adult life. But don’t be fooled by the fact that this momentary boost is somehow akin to effective change or activism. If that gives these people a quick boost and helps them get over the hill, boy, that would be amazing, but those hills – I don’t know if you’ve noticed, we’re all Sisyphus. I’d rather feel like the person pushing someone up rather than the person pushing them back. Isn’t a small measure of comfort, support, entertainment and insight better than noise and operation?

When I visited the show, an audience member from your studio asked me about your ‘’90s appearance in “The Nanny”. You told the crowd – humorously, but aptly – “I don’t necessarily want to be your personal time capsule.” Are you worried, with this show or in general, that your viewers will never let you step into something different than what they’ve seen before?

[Laughs.] I guess we’ll find out! I think very little about heritage and what people think I am. I have been hired and fired so many times, whether in bakeries, laboratories or bars. I never see myself through a singular lens. Another person in the audience told me, you’ve been gone six years and missed you so much. And I was like, “I’ve been alive all this time. I understand what you are saying, but I had to wear a mask and buy a bunch of toilet paper and water. I had the ups and downs of the previous administration and felt it deeply. People perceive you, but if you let their perception define you, then you are living in a hologram. And I’m just trying to embody the universe that I actually live in.

If I let others define who I was, I would probably still be a bartender under a liquor store in Trenton, NJ. You can’t live like this.

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