Jon Stewart Revives Satire for Election Season

Reviving classic satire for a new electoral season.

by Nouman Rasool
Jon Stewart Revives Satire for Election Season
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Jon Stewart will return to Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" to cover "Indecision 2024," lampooning the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in his typically sardonic style. The show follows up on a tradition of coverage of the election that was first done in 2000 and which has since become a core of the Comedy Central lineup during the presidential election.

This summer, "The Daily Show" hits the road for a full week of shows taping from the nation's epicenter of political activity. The program will be broadcasting live from the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee July 15-18, then from the Democratic National Convention in Chicago August 19-22.

Viewers can catch these special episodes weekday evenings at 11 p.m. ET/PT, in which they'll witness Stewart's signature take on the day's events, only as sugared in a satirical way.

Star-Studded Lineup

Through the years, "The Daily Show" has featured guests ranging from various aspirants for the presidency to other influential people in politics, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Hillary Clinton, among others.

Hosting this galaxy of celebrities is testimony to the show's far-reaching impact on public policy as well as public interest in the electoral process. In a welcome, and somewhat refreshing change, Jon Stewart has stepped back into the hosting role this year, piloting the episodes on Monday nights.

His return came along with the news of new blood in the team. Comedy Central has recently added correspondents Troy Iwata, Josh Johnson, and Grace Kuhlenschmidt to the squad, with stalwarts Ronny Chieng and Desi Lydic. This influx of fresh talent is poised to draw not just new perspectives but also energy to the already dynamic lineup that has been integral to the show.

Adding to the fun even further is the news that Stephen Colbert, formerly of "The Daily Show," has announced that he will be hosting "The Late Show" from Chicago during the week of the DNC. With Colbert beaming out of the Windy City for the entirety of the convention week, there will definitely be a different kind of mix available to audiences—a reminder that there is more than one lens through which political spectacle can be viewed.