Details have been eking out about Jon Stewart’s long awaited, highly anticipated, desperately needed return to television, but they were scant. We already knew Stewart would be joining his old protégé John Oliver over at HBO, and that was about it. On Saturday, we got a treasure trove of details, all of which make it sound like this is going to be very different project from The Daily Show. In fact, it’ll be different from just about anything on TV.
“He is establishing an animated studio,” said Casey Bloys, HBO’s head of programming. “He wants to get material out on a daily basis. The idea is that it’s an animated parody of a cable news network in an Onion-like portal. It will be his voice, in his actual voice, and his tone.”
Bloys later clarified that the phrase “Onion-like” is pretty literal. There’s going to be a written component to the show, in addition to an actual 30-minute program on HBO. That all makes it sound like Stewart is doubling down on a full-fledged news site parody, with written and televised portions.
It’s good news for fans of political comedy, but it’s also nice to see that Stewart and HBO are willing to stretch the bounds of what news satire might look like. The HBO team has proved themselves to be savvy purveyors of news comedy with Last Week Tonight and Stewart’s recent turn behind the Colbert desk showed that he hasn’t lost an inch of his wit or fire.
That said, Stewart’s model of news satirization was based on the 24-hour news cycle — a model that grows ever more dated as digital media becomes increasingly the world’s primary source for journalism. The Onion has met the digital revolution with Clickhole, and it’s been an incredible success. For him to create a fresh news parody site that’s truly relevant to today’s news the way The Daily Show was at its peak, he’ll have to tap into the fact that television itself is a dinosaur in the industry. Animation may be the key.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.