I believe the error is considering that speech was me saying, “And this is how we win.” That isn’t. There’s so many alternative methods to construct optimistic tradition.
Do you suppose “The Daily Show” made folks extra cynical?
I believe folks at all times thought “The Daily Show” was cynical and it by no means was, in my thoughts. Actually this present isn’t. If something, it’s overly idealistic and naïve. Cynical could be to fake just like the present is absolutely doing one thing. It’s not and I don’t suppose any of us ever thought it really was. However it felt good to us. It was a bear scratching his ass on a tree.
Is the aim of “The Problem With Jon Stewart” that you’ll give a platform to people who find themselves straight affected by a problem, and to folks with the ability to do one thing about it, after which viewers will hopefully be inspired to take motion on this subject themselves?
No. [Laughs.] I don’t suppose we will ever lose sight of the truth that it’s nonetheless simply TV. I’m not attempting to denigrate the shape that I’ve labored in for my grownup life. However don’t be fooled that this momentary enhance is someway akin to alter or efficient activism. If it offers these people a fast enhance and it helps them recover from the hill, boy, that may be superb however these hills — I don’t know if you happen to’ve observed, we’re all Sisyphus. I’d somewhat really feel just like the individual pushing somebody up than the individual kicking them again down. Isn’t some small measure of consolation and assist and leisure and perception higher than noise and exploitation?
After I visited the present, a member of your studio viewers requested about your ’
[Laughs.] I suppose we’ll discover out! I believe little or no about legacy and what folks suppose I’m. I’ve been employed and fired so many occasions, from working in bakeries to laboratories to bars. I by no means view myself by way of a singular lens. One other individual within the viewers mentioned to me, you’ve been gone for six years and also you’ve missed a lot. And I used to be like, “I’ve actually been alive this whole time. I get what you’re saying, but I had to wear a mask and buy a bunch of toilet paper and water. I had the ups and downs of the previous administration and felt it deeply.” Folks understand you, however if you happen to permit their notion to outline you, then you definitely dwell in a hologram. And I’m simply attempting to embody the universe I really dwell in.
If I let different folks outline who I used to be, I’d most likely nonetheless be bartending beneath a liquor retailer in Trenton, N.J. You’ll be able to’t dwell like that.