Sine Qua Nonsense

Special “Jon Stewart Dramatic Departure” Edition

On last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced that he will be leaving the Comedy Central satirical powerhouse later this year. I was very saddened by this news as a viewer, researcher of political humor, and the self-proclaimed Jon Stewart of Telecom (for what is Sine Qua Nonsense if not The Monthly Show with Edo Steinberg?).

I would like to offer myself up as the next host of this brilliant program. As a person who is both Israeli and American, is technically one quarter Canadian, had ancestors in three different Eastern European countries, and can see Africa from his parents’ house (okay, not literally), I would be the perfect leader of a show with such an internationally diverse news team. I also have a last name starting with S, so only one letter would have to be replaced on anything embroidered with Jon Stewart’s initials (don’t take this dream job away from me, Josh Sites!). The only problem is that I don’t have a middle name to use as my stage name as Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz did.

Okay, I realize The Daily Show with Edo Steinberg isn’t going to happen. Instead, let me pitch another idea that would be beneficial for everyone involved, especially me. Stewart will now be looking for a new job. Indiana University’s Media School should offer him a Professor of Practice position. Think of all the experimental stimuli we could design specifically for our satire studies! Also, imagine a production course dedicated to looking critically at the news in a funny way. To use a Bill O’Reilly term, stoned slackers from all over the world would flock to IU for such an opportunity.

Speaking of satirists teaching classes, Bill Maher would be perfect for T420. But I digress.

Of course, Stewart might have other plans. Do you think it is a coincidence that yesterday’s announcement came a mere 637 days before the 2016 presidential elections? I hear The Daily Show will air in Iowa tomorrow! Also, he and Brian Williams may be swapping seats, bringing much needed credibility to the NBC Nightly News and a flair for fake news to The Daily Show. The sidekick gig on the upcoming Late Show with Stephen Colbert is another viable option.

Whatever happens, the Jon Stewart iteration of The Daily Show will be missed. It will continue to live on in political communication conference papers and journal articles for years to come.

Note: Your regularly scheduled Sine Qua Nonsense will return in two weeks, unless I get a call from Comedy Central.

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