So everybodyâs all jacked up about Jon Stewart coming to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on May 10. (By everybody, Iâd include me, too.) No doubt Stewart will deliver the same kind of witty political satire that fuels his work as the host of the Emmy-winning âThe Daily Showâ and his 2004 book, America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction.
But for my money (literally), the better deal might be the appearance by âDaily Showâ correspondent and stand-up comedian John Oliver at The Punchline, on June 13-15. Call me a cynic, but I canât help but feel âThe Daily Showâ has suffered a small talent shortage with the departure of Stephen Colbert and what feels like a lessening role for Samantha Bee. This crop suggests quantity over quality, but that said, Oliver is best of the bunch. He seems to get more play than, say, Rob Riggle or Jason Jones.
Maybe thatâs because the British-born Oliver, more than the others, is able to tap into the more nuanced peculiarities of political satire. He also gets extra credit for walking the walk during the writersâ strike. While Oliver is also known for his podcast âThe Bugleâ with partner Andy Zaltzman, he also will premiere his own Comedy Central stand-up special âJohn Oliver: Terrifying Timesâ on April 20. (More on that show next week; the previous link offers a hilarious snippet from the show.)
For now, here is one of my favorite examples of his âDaily Showâ work, where he interviews Qatar's ambassador to the United Nations. Classic â¦
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