I've always really liked the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I think the first ten to 15 minutes of that show were some of the best on television. Jon Stewart's bit about CNBC when everyone's 401k took a dive was one great example. Samantha Bee's arthouse-style lampoon of the "Morning Joe" and "The Five" Shows are also worth googling.
I've seen his send-offs of other employees before. They are emotional. Jon really likes his employees. Seth MacFarlane may point out that he doesn't like them enough to strike with them, but he likes them enough to call his show "A" Daily Show rather than "The" Daily Show when they were striking.
I think Jon knew that his show wasn't as funny when his writers were striking. No big deal. Neither was Bill Maher's show, which I also like a lot. However, Jon's send off of John Oliver was different. Seen here: http://uproxx.com/tv/2013/12/john-oliver-last-daily-show-jon-stewart/ It was a little more of an emotional "flank" move in that it was set up where Oliver doesn't see it coming. At one point, John Oliver looks nervous that he will be an emotional wreck on television. It felt a little more over the top. Yes, it felt like a heartfelt goodbye, but it also kind of felt like a punishment/a hazing for leaving.
I thought at the time that perhaps my impressions were born of my own hypersensitivity/creativity...seeing things that weren't really there, reading into things too much. Remember though, John Oliver was not just a performer on the show but a writer of the show. He also did a really good job of hosting when Jon Stewart was making a movie.
Now, the host of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver has 4 to 7 days to think of funny stuff for a show where as the Daily Show team has to come up with something nearly every (week)day. That being said I can see where keeping the Daily Show funny is more of a challenge.
With that caveat, I will say when I do get to see it John Oliver's new show is very funny. Sadly, I don't find the Daily Show as funny since John Oliver left. I think much of the excellent opening commentaries delivered by Jon Stewart -- who I still really like -- were written by employee John Oliver.
Any other fans of the Daily Show out there? Anyone else notice the comedy on the Daily Show and the opening commentary seems to focus more on Jon Stewart's delivery -- like a stand-up act -- whereas before it felt like more topical commentary? Anyone notice it is just maybe a little less funny these last few months?