Trevor Noah Marks Best Quarter Yet as Comedy Central’s Late-Night Universe Continues to Grow

In a time of great political turmoil, people are seeking a respite from the madness through humor – a trend evident through the recent success of Comedy Central’s late-night talk shows.

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah just marked its most-watched quarter, with an average of 1.5 million nightly viewers, according to a Comedy Central press release. The quarter contained the show’s most-watched and highest-rated week (May 29), since Noah took over from Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show’s strong ratings were reflected on social media, with more than 12 million likes, shares, comments and other interactions during the quarter across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Thank You, Jon

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Calling it an “absolute privilege” and the honor of his professional life, Jon Stewart closed out The Daily Show last night with news that he will be leaving the show by the end of the year. Here are his comments in their entirety, above, and Comedy Central’s official statement, below: Read More

Mayor de Blasio, Jon Stewart Chat Over Pizza, Big Gulps

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Over pizza and Big Gulps, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio chatted with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” last night. In addition to discussing the Che Guevara posters hanging in Mayor de Blasio’s office and brainstorming how to bring down the city’s affluent Upper East Side, Stewart brought up the hot-button issue now known as “Forkgate.”

“Bloomberg, as you know, used to have his food chewed and put back into his mouth, like a baby bird — but this is unacceptable,” Stewart said of the Mayor caught on camera using utensils to eat pizza. Stewart then whipped out a sausage-and-mushroom pie and encouraged him to forklessly eat a slice.

You can watch the video above for more of the interview, and check out the NY Times’ recap “De Blasio Takes a Comedic Break.”

Vanity Fair Describes Stewart’s, Colbert’s ‘Stage of Global Conquest’ in 2013 Power Rankings

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

"The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart Presents President Barack Obama

Talk about a power couple.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert may not be newcomers to late-night, but they show no sign of slowing or stopping. At least that’s Vanity Fair’s position in its 2013 power rankings, “The New Establishment,” which highlights 25 members of the “power elite who demonstrate why they’re not going anywhere soon.” In the company of Jay Z and Beyonce, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Stewart and Colbert clocked in at #11. “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone also landed at #22 on the list.  Read More

Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ in Cairo

by Mark Jafar, Viacom

The New York Times reports that Jon Stewart made a surprise guest appearance last week on “Al Bernameg,” (translation: “The Program”), the influential Egyptian satirical news program whose host, Bassem Youssef, is often referred to as ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart.’  The American Jon Stewart is in the Middle East this summer shooting his directorial debut, Rosewater.

Check out his full appearance below (the intro is in Arabic, but the interview is in English).  We love Jon’s movie directing sabbatical beard almost as much as we love the adoring reception he receives from the Cairo crowd.

John Oliver’s Summer Stint As ‘Daily Show’ Host

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

After much buzz, it’s finally happening: John Oliver is taking over as host of The Daily Show for the summer, starting tonight at 11/10c on Comedy Central. Stewart passed the torch to Oliver this weekend, and if the farewell bit (above, and definitely worth a view) is any indication, we’ll be informed and amused until Stewart’s return. Read More

President Obama, Jon Stewart Joke Around, Get Serious

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

There was definitely jocularity as Jon Stewart and President Obama chatted about the POTUS’s performance at the first debate (pulling up debate photos from the “election scrapbook” Stewart said he’s been keeping) and Joe Biden’s wet swimwear, but the two got pretty serious for most of their The Daily Show last night. Read More

Jon Stewart, Robert Pattinson Gab Over Ice Cream

by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Maybe it was me, but the applause was louder than usual when Robert Pattinson walked onstage to join Jon Stewart on The Daily Show to promote his upcoming movie Cosmopolis — but the appearance was also his first interview since his very public breakup with former Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart.

“So..what have you been up to?” Jon Stewart started, feigning awkwardness and pulling out two pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. “We’re just a couple of gals talking….tell me everything.”

Stewart’s angle was less about prying into Pattinson’s personal situation, though, and more about the world’s reaction to it.

“We’ve had on this show, the President of Pakistan, the President of the United States, we’ve had enormously powerful historical figures,” Stewart said, panning to the throng of fans and paparazzi outside the studio. “When you are young and you break up it’s powerful and it feels like the world is ending. This is the first time I have actually seen the world react that way.”

Check out the video above for the full interview.

‘The Dictator’ Admiral General Aladeen’s Media Tour

by Ashley Bodul, Paramount Pictures


The Supreme Leader Admiral General Aladeen of Wadiya made the rounds in New York this week to promote his upcoming film The Dictator, in theaters May 16. Aladeen kicked off the tour on Saturday with a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live, dropping in on the Weekend Update news desk with prisoner Martin Scorsese in tow to praise the film.

“It was better than ‘Raging Bull,’” the filmmaker said, referring to his own Oscar-winning film.

On Monday, His Excellency held a press conference at The Waldorf Astoria hotel. Flanked by four armed virgin guards and a handful of supporters carrying signs that read “Say No to Democracy” and “Give Persecution a Chance,“ the politically incorrect leader welcomed what he called the room full of reporters, “the devils of the Zionist media.” Read More