Jon Stewart departed “The Daily Show” last night in favor of guest host John Oliver — Stewart will return in September after spending the summer directing a movie. His break is coming none too soon.
As he prepares to shoot his film (a Middle East-set drama called “Rosewater“), Stewart’s continued to rely on the same tics — goofy accents, for instance — he has since taking over the show in 1999, and seemingly has struggled to find ways to cover Barack Obama’s second term.
The author did take Stewart to task for recently doing a stale Bush joke but the general tone here is easy to figure out. The “tics” that no one ever seemed to have a problem with when Republicans or Tea Party were the nightly targets are bothering the faithful now that they’re used in conjunction with mocking The Lightbringer.
There is even the perfunctory and lame, “Well, it’s been difficult to make fun of Obama up until now blah, blah, blah…” nonsense.
Trust me, it hasn’t .