The Carney Show spoke to Jon Stewart way back in 1998, just after it was announced that he landed the gig on The Daily Show….take a listen to the interview, where you can hear Stewart, an actor and stand-up comedian, making designs to give the show a more political slant.
Jon Stewart has been hosting The Daily Show for the past 16 years, and steps down after tonight’s show, but before he even accepted the job, he was already a popular figure in the comedy world, as a stand up, actor, and MTV Talk Show host…albeit failed one.
In 1998, he joined The Carney Show to promote his new book, “Naked Pictures of Famous People,” and discussed his failed MTV gig, his stint on The Larry Sanders Show, doing stand-up, and of course – his cameo in Elmopalooza (yes, that Elmo).
But what was most telling was when he talked about his new gig, as upcoming replacement host for Craig Kilborn on The Daily Show, a cable joke news show that mostly interviewed stars and made pop-culture references. Listening to him talk about his plans as host, even all the way back then, is fascinating to hear, as you can tell that the most recent host of the White House Correspondents Dinner (yep, back in 1998 – before he even got The Daily Show) had designs to take the show in a more legitimate, politically leaning direction.
And as you listen, keep in mind, this was all the way back when Jon Stewart looked like this: