Of all the shows on US television, the ones which have been hit hardest by the writers’ strike are undoubtedly the late night, daily chat shows. They need their writers literally everyday, but recently hosts such as David Letterman came back on air with self-penned monologues. If anything, though, the problem is greater for Jon Stewart and The Daily Show as the writers are also the performers. As such, when it returned on Monday (last night on More4), it was watered down – just Jon Stewart and the guest interview – and a rather uncomfortable affair, to be honest.
With the US primaries well underway, it’s unsurprising that Jon Stewart was eager to get back to taking his fantastic sideways look at politics, but should he have crossed the picket line, when the writer/performers/correspondents are such a big part of the show? Take a look at a clip from the show (over the cut), and let us know what you think.
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