Last week when Dave was retiring, Stephen Colbert was getting promoted and the Jimmy’s were battling, it was another Late Night Show that changed the world. For over 10 years, The Daily Show has consistently been the best show on television. It provides more laughs than any sitcom and shockingly more news than any news show. Last week, Jon Stewart opened the show with a heart felt congratulations to Letterman and Colbert. I was struck with his honest to goodness happiness he felt for both men. It was everything NBC didn’t have during the 20 year Leno debacle. Jon Stewart is losing a money maker with Colbert going to CBS. He doesn’t care. His friend got promoted. It is a moment that should be remembered when compiling the best TV moments in 2014. The amazing thing is, he topped it 5 seconds later.
Jon then went into a piece about how NCAA puts limits on the amount of pasta their players can eat because student athletes can not “profit” from being student athletes. Jon then showed how much money the NCAA makes off these starving kids. 10.8 BILLION dollars. The news/comedy piece honestly made me re-think supporting college sports in any way. But they actually do not get any money from me, so there isn’t a lot I can do about it. This morning I read that the NCAA changed their rules. Students now get unlimited food through their university. I am sure it will be debated as to whether it was Comedy Central that made the change or Shabazz Napier’s interview with the press. Wouldn’t it be nice to think it was the news that goes viral, but I am pretty sure it was the comedy piece. I find it amazing that while we are living in another renaissance of interest in Late Night television, that it is the Daily Show that truly makes headlines. This show has taken away all the luster of cable news and shown how all news has become a propaganda industry. Fox News is a place you can go to hear what you want to hear, not what you need to hear.
The next year will be hard for me to say good bye to my TV friend, David Letterman. It is time and it is the right choice for him to make. I will also miss the ridiculous character that Stephen Colbert created: “Stephen Colbert.” I will struggle saying good bye to both. All I can say is that I better not have to face saying good bye to Jon Stewart for a very long time. There are a ton of more hungry viewers that need to be fed their vegetables.
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