September 25, 2001
Again, by Annie-Wan
like to collect your thoughts and feeling about Jon's speech and how the show
is going. I welcome all comments, short and long. Many of you have already sent
me some comments privately, so if you would like to see your thoughts shared,
please send me another e-mail. I would like all comments by October 3. Send
comments to annieJS@earthlink.net and let me know by what name you wish to be
identified and whether I can publish your e-mail address. I will delete redundant
messages but will try to post all the interesting ones.
also like to solicit e-mail addresses (e-mail plus a first name) from those
of you who have excellent copies of the show and are willing to dub the show
for those who missed it. I will post the e-mail list in the next newsletter
and allow members to contact you directly. For those members who want tapes,
please note that the people doing the taping should be reimbursed for the tape
and for shipping, at *least*. For those members who are willing to do the taping,
please note that even Jon Stewart fans can be dishonest, so use your best judgment
as to whom you can trust. Please contact me by October 3.
the potential reruns of the famous September 20 show are over (I have my doubts
as to whether it will ever air again), I feel comfortable sending you a transcript.
I do NOT recommend reading this if you have not seen the speech and plan to
obtain a tape. (The impact of the speech is greater if you watch it first. Save
this e-mail and read it later, if you must.) This transcript is stolen, er,
borrowed, from the Comedy Central site. The following links have videos, images,
and another transcript with more emotions described (links 1 and 3).
http://www.tdsexperience.com/ (donation suggested due to bandwith charges)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
September 20, 2001
and welcome to "The Daily Show." We are back. This is our first show since the
tragedy in New York City. There is no other way really to start this show than
to ask you at home the question that we've asked the audience here tonight and
that we’ve asked everybody that we know here in New York since September 11th,
and that is, "Are you okay?" We pray that you are and that your family is. I’m
sorry to do this to you. It’s another entertainment show beginning with an overwrought
speech of a shaken host. TV is nothing, if not redundant. So, I apologize for
that. It’s something that unfortunately, we do for ourselves so that we can
drain whatever abscess is in our hearts and move onto the business of making
you laugh, which we really haven’t been able to do very effectively lately.
Everyone’s checked in already, I know we’re late. I’m sure we’re getting in
right under the wire before the cast of "Survivor" offers their insight into
what to do in these situations.
to get back to work. There were no jobs available for a man in the fetal position
under his desk crying, which I would have gladly taken. So I came back here.
Tonight’s show is obviously not a regular show. We looked through the vaults,
we found some clips that we thought might make you smile, which is really what’s
necessary, I think, right about now. A lot of folks have asked me, "What are
you going to do when you get back? What are you going to say?" I mean, what
a terrible thing to have to do. I don’t see it as a burden at all. I see it
as a privilege. I see it as a privilege and everyone here does see it that way.
The show in general, we feel like is a privilege. Just even the idea that we
can sit in the back of the country and make wise cracks, which is really what
we do. We sit in the back and we throw spitballs, but never forgetting the fact
that is a luxury in this country that allows us to do that. This is a country
that allows for open satire, and I know that sounds basic and it sounds as though
it goes without saying - but that’s really what this whole situation is about.
It’s the difference between closed and open. It’s the difference between free
and burden and we don’t take that for granted here by any stretch of the imagination
and our show has changed. I don’t doubt that. What it’s become, I don’t know.
"Subliminable" is not a punch line anymore. One day it will become that again,
and Lord willing, it will become that again because that means we have ridden
out the storm.
main reason that I wanted to speak tonight is not to tell you what the show
is going to be. Not to tell you about all the incredibly brave people that are
here in New York and in Washington and around the country. But we’ve had an
enduring pain here - an endurable pain. I wanted to tell you why I grieve, but
why I don’t despair…I’m sorry. Luckily we can edit this. One of my first memories
is of Martin Luther King being shot. I was five and if you wonder if this feeling
will pass…When I was five, he was shot. Here’s what I remember about it. I was
in a school in Trenton. They shut the lights off and we got to sit under our
desks and we thought that was really cool and they gave us cottage cheese, which
was a cold lunch because there was rioting, but we didn’t know that. We just
thought that “My god. We get to sit under our desks and eat cottage cheese.”
That’s what I remember about it. That was a tremendous test of this country’s
fabric and this country’s had many tests before that and after that.
I don’t despair is because this attack happened. It’s not a dream. But the aftermath
of it, the recovery is a dream realized. And that is Martin Luther King's dream.
Whatever barriers we've put up are gone even if it's momentary. We're judging
people by not the color of their skin but the content of their character. You
know, all this talk about "These guys are criminal masterminds. They’ve gotten
together and their extraordinary guile…and their wit and their skill." It's
a lie. Any fool can blow something up. Any fool can destroy. But to see these
guys, these firefighters, these policemen and people from all over the country,
literally, with buckets rebuilding. That's extraordinary. That's why we've already
won. It's light. It's democracy. We've already won. They can't shut that down.
They live in chaos and chaos…it can't sustain itself. It never could. It's too
easy and it's too unsatisfying.
from my apartment was the World Trade Center and now it's gone. They attacked
it. This symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination
and commerce and it is gone. But you know what the view is now? The Statue of
Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty.
You can't beat that.
going to take a break and I'm going to stop slobbering on myself and on the
desk. We’re going to get back to this. It's gonna be fun and funny and it's
going to be the same as it was and I thank you. We'll be right back.
All times Central.
Not liable for emotional
distress resulting from incorrect listings.
• Oct 1,
Mon, 10:30 pm, HBOC -- Larry Sanders: Adolf Hankler.
• 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. More info at http://www.emmys.org/news/index.htm.
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.
Office Party -- Cinemax & HBO channels.
Playing By Heart -- STARZ channels.
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