October 06, 2001
Hi, by Annie-Wan
The Members Speak, by The Members
I got some
to my request for comments on Jon's September 20th speech. Since I don't consider
myself superior to any of you (with the exception of my amazing brilliance,
spectacular beauty, and unrivaled sense of modesty), my own response to Jon's
speech is mixed in with the rest. The comments appear in random order based
on closing my eyes and poking at the computer monitor with my index finger.
That explains why some of the comments are very short. For example, "Recycle
Bin" is not a very helpful comment, nor is "Shortcut to Annie's Porn
collection." The other comments, however, are excellent.
of you who want tapes of the September 20 show, please e-mail me and I will
match you up with people who have offered to make one. I am still taking volunteers
to make tapes, so please let me know if you are willing to make copies and how
many. My own copy is quite poor, so I will make copies only if the supply dries
up. I have decided to not post the addresses of those making tapes so to avoid
anyone being swamped. Please note that I am only the matchmaker and cannot take
responsibility for any problems that occur. So please be prudent, reasonable,
and careful, everyone.
to root for TDS on the Emmys tomorrow night.
A new senator. And Annie might get back to her poetry.
by The Members
from my kitchen and high school on Long Island was also the World Trade Center.
My heart grew stronger as I heard Jon's speech. I just watched him struggle
with emotions that so many are feeling and he expressed himself in such a way
that . . . it was just phenomenal. His images were powerful and his intellect
and humanity really came through.
~ Joanna, email@example.com
I WAS able
to catch the famous speech on Monday at 6 pm. I thought the speech was moving,
touching, poignant, and it made me love Jon even more than before. My husband
was watching too, and I know now he will never again give me grief about my
Jon-lust. I think Jon is doing a wonderful job setting the tone for the show
in this post-attack time. Since he is a thoughtful, intelligent, caring human
being and not just a funny guy, it does not seem out of place for him to take
a slightly more somber approach. It seems entirely appropriate.
~ Elise, firstname.lastname@example.org
comment started out as a private e-mail exchange with a JSEB member. My e-mail
mentioned that fact that I couldn't bring myself to watch Jon's speech again.
I have reprinted the response to that e-mail with permission.]
after Jon's monologue Thursday night, my heart felt so close to bursting that
I hardly had the energy to move -- I smiled through tears while watching, but
I didn't think I could bring myself to ever see it or hear it again. I guess
the thing is, what I've appreciated most about Jon's irony since the day I became
ardently Stewart-centric, is that unlike most comedian's "everything sucks"
brand of cynicism, I got the sense that he so sincerely loved and believed in
the beauty of our system that to see stuff like hypocrisy and petty bickering
within it just frustrated him and struck him as laughable. And that's part of
why I adore him, what's always made him so much more than just a brilliantly
funny wiseass -- that peculiar idealism, that apparent faith fueling his mockery
of its failings and absurdities. And I can't imagine any more of a beautiful,
brave, poignant, soulful expression of that impassioned faith than Thursday's
monologue. I closed the door to my room and just cried my eyes out after the
show ended that night because, well . . . because the sadness isn't going any
he said lingered in my thoughts, and I bizarrely found myself listening to it
over and over during the next couple days when I could absorb his meaning without
being overtaken with emotion. It wasn't even just that it was him specifically
saying those heartwrenchingly inspiring words, although maybe raw humanity and
sincerity in a voice when they're unexpected are even more stirring -- the message
was just really timely, really needed, really meaningful. I know I'm incredibly
blessed not to have been directly affected by the attacks, but struggling against
despair still hasn't come all that easy these last couple weeks. Since Thursday
night though, every time it starts to feel suffocating, I've literally heard
"It's light. It's democracy. We've already won. They can't shut that down" ring
in my head, and that unforgettable image of soot-covered firefighters raising
the flag flashes in my mind, and (forgive me, I know I sound ramblingly theatrical)
a twinkle of hope is renewed . . . enough, at least, to get me through the moment.
And at a time like this, maybe that's the best you can ask for.
Daily Show easing back into comedy the past couple nights sort of moved me.
That's gotta take strength . . . strength which I'm drawing on. Not to mention
that it's been damn funny, and as a person who's presently finding herself flinging
a barrage of melodrama at someone who doesn't even know her, I think funny really
hits the spot right now . . . .
if anyone else noticed the irony of the President Bush piece on 9-10-01 about
his having a plan to create more jobs for Americans and then the terrible tragedy
of the next day. What a shame for this to happen to Jon, my favorite all time
talk show host. I thought that maybe that was the reason they did not come back
on that week. Any thoughts from anyone else?
I possibly say that will give my feelings justice? On September 11 at 8:30 in
the morning, I was on a train from Waterbury, Ct, heading to NYC to go see a
taping of The Daily Show. We never made it. We found out what happened and came
home and watched about an hour of TV. That was all that we could take. But since
that day I have watched and read many things about was happened. They all affected
me. But they always seemed to be missing something. I tuned in to The Daily
Show every night for that much needed repeat laughter. But to my surprise, Thursday
night, a different theme song greeted me. Then Jon came on and begin to talk.
And the words that he said and the look in his eyes and the feeling in his voice
got to me. He said the most beautiful thing that I have ever heard. That this
is a "dream realized." For the first time, someone understood how I felt. For
the first time, I cried over what happened to this country. I sat at the edge
of my bed captivated by his amazing speech, and I cried. I almost lost it when
I heard him say that the view from his apartment was the World Trade Towers.
since then has been great. He is doing what all of the other stations should
be doing. He is asking all of the right questions. He is trying to help himself
and all of us understand and cope with this tragedy. I cannot wait to go to
another taping of The Daily Show. To go watch Jon do what he does best and to
Thank him from the depths of my heart for everything that he said that night
and all of the shows since. It is what our country needs right now.
~ Sarah, email@example.com
I wish there had never been cause for Jon to make such a speech, it was the
most beautiful thing I have seen him do. As he said, it's not easy to be humorous
in the face of the events of the past three weeks, but I believe he did the
most wonderful job of initiating that transition. Even as a mock newscaster,
Jon had to acknowledge what occurred and its effect on the nation and the show.
He could have attempted to gloss over it as much as he could, because it *is*
a comedy show and not the depressing local news. However, doing so would have
been selfish, which he, apparently, is not. Instead, he took the sadness and
despair that many of us are feeling, and tried to make us look past it to some
of the beauty that has arisen. I was very touched by the way he dealt with his
emotions on the show; he didn't ignore them, nor did he allow them to interfere
with hosting the show. There was only one part of Jon's speech with which I
disagreed. To a certain extent, Martin Luther King's dream has been realized,
if only for a little while. Yet even as Jon spoke those words, I thought of
all the people of Muslim faith and Arabic descent in the Unites States who have
recently suffered persecution due to the narrow-mindedness and intolerance of
some of their fellow Americans. Still, the point of Jon's speech was not to
show what has gone wrong; of that we are painfully aware. The point was to shine
some kind of happy light in the midst of the darkness in which we find ourselves,
and he succeeded. What more could we ask?
~ Lanai, firstname.lastname@example.org
I HAVE never
been more impressed with anyone's speech than the one that Jon gave last Thursday!
The genuineness, sincerity, and heartfelt emotions he displayed, along with
his indomitable spirit and humor were very touching and uplifting. I wish I
could tune in to TDS "daily" (7X@wk) just to hear his sincere and genuine feelings;
but that's not what they pay him for, is it?! We
already know he is an extremely funny and intelligent guy, and I get hysterical
watching his antics with fellow "correspondents," along with his extraordinary
vocabulary (hey, that rhymes!), interesting interviews and constantly creative
forms of humor (visual and nonvisual - but those visuals are FUNNY!). Those
punnies are also very funny!
DIED with no TDS show to watch after Sept. 11! They could have just stared at
the camera and said nothing (to be respectful), and it would have been a hilarious
show! At the very least, it would have made people smile (and I know that I
would have found comfort in something that has become very familiar and entertaining
to me at a time when something very unsettling was occurring in our country).
with a limerick:
There once was a man of "small" stature
Whose jokes created such laughter
His television show was so funny
It was nominated for an Emmy
And he became extremely successful thereafter!
(OK -- so he already was extremely successful, so he became more popular!)
Good luck on Oct 7!
comment was originally part of a longer humor newsletter by Tristan. E-mail
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I AM so
angry because I like the World Trade buildings, I was conceived in the world
trade building and I have emotional attachment to it. I sure as hell don't want
to see it go, where will I return to when spawning? I also was looking forward
to seeing the move Collateral Damage with Arnold Scwhaanegger and now that isn't
coming out. What the fuck am I going to do?
In all seriousness
I would like to offer my condolences to anyone who may have known someone who
perished in the attacks and everyone else out there. Yes, this is a time of
crisis even though I poke fun at it. It is meant only to entertain and not to
be taken too seriously, even if you don't find it funny, that is its intention.
I usually don't find anything I say funny either. I'm sure you have heard the
same thing thousands of times this week and I'm just the last to add my words.
On Thursday, Jon Stewart gave a speech on The Daily Show that was probably the
best that I have heard. It was the only thing I've heard through all of this
that actually did bring a tear to my eye. I cannot say anything as eloquently
as he has so all I will do is once again offer my support to any of you who
may need it and my condolences once again. All of those who perished and their
families will be in my prayers. In hoping that I can at least make you smile
for a little while I do mention some things about Osama that may not be at all
malevolent and it is not in truth that I say this. Please just try and take
me lightly. I'm just trying to make those other sick individuals smile for a
moment in time.
~ Tristan, ThaGCode08@aol.com, Random Thinking, http://www.geocities.com/foo3081/
I AM a weepy
person. I admit it. Remember that scene in Dumbo when Dumbo's mom is locked
up for attacking people when they picked on Dumbo, and Dumbo sneaks away to
be with her and she cradles him in her trunk through the bars of her cage? Just
thinking about that scene makes me well up. In fact, I'm welling up right now.
(Give me a moment . . . okay.) I
got teary when I saw Letterman's speech. I choked when I saw Peter Jenning crack
during his coverage during the ABC September 11 evening coverage. I wept when
I saw all that terrible footage for the first time. I have gotten misty every
morning in my car listening to NPR. But no matter how weepy I am, nothing compares
to how I cried after Jon's September 20 speech. I lay on my couch and bawled.
Tears streamed down my face. I couldn't breathe. I was almost wailing.
I was the
living embodiment of Jon's dream job at the time -- "There were no jobs
available for a man in the fetal position under his desk crying, which I would
have gladly taken." That was me -- only I'm a woman, I was on a couch,
and I was more prone than fetal. I
didn't think I would ever cry like that again until I re-watched the wonderful
movie, The Iron Giant, last week. I bawled like a baby all over again. The movie
was suddenly imbued with a deeper meaning -- a meaning I understood before,
but not at such a fundamental level.
of you who are old enough to buy stock, at this time I would recommend Kleenex.
Jon has been the biggest Band-Aid on my pain so far. Yet strangely enough, I'm
Central. Not liable for emotional distress resulting from incorrect listings.
• Jon is
in a new book called MTV Uncensored. I have no idea how much he's in it, but
he's in it. Thanks to Lori.
• Oct 7,
8 pm EST, CBS -- 53rd Emmy Awards. Due to the cancellation of the original broadcast
date and a planned change in the tone of the show, it is unclear whether Jon
will still be presenting. TDS has been nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music,
or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
• Oct 11,
Wed, 7:30 pm
& 10:30 pm, HBO Plus -- Larry Sanders: Everybody Loves Larry.
• Oct 23,
Tues, 8 pm, &
• Oct 24, Wed, 7 pm, &
• Oct 27, Sat, 8 pm, &
• Oct 28, Sun, 5 pm, USA -- The Faculty: Jon plays a science teacher.
• Oct 27,
Sat, 5 pm, PBS -- Political Literacy: Sifting Thru the Spin. Not sure if this
will air in your location. Check local listings!
to Thurs, 9 am, 6 pm, 10 pm, 12:30 am (same night) &
Fri at 9 am & 6 pm, Comedy Central -- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
See the Late Night TV Page for guests at http://www.interbridge.com/lineups.html#DS
currently airing on television:
Big Daddy -- Cinemax channels.
Committed -- FLIX & STARZ channels.
Office Party -- Cinemax & HBO channels.
Playing By Heart -- STARZ channels.
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