I didn’t watch from Day One. I wasn’t impressed by his MTV or movie work. Jon Stewart was an acquired taste for me.
Once I started watching I was hooked! The Daily Show was on my DVR every night, the first thing I watched after the news.
He was liberal, sure. He was also smart and quick and funny and a mensch. He didn’t need to take people out-of-context or twist their words into a pretzel to make a point.
He was the master at finding politically motivated flip floppers and pundits with double standards.
He launched careers. He shared credit. He nurtured.
At the 2005 Emmys he said,
”When I first said that I wanted to put together a late-night comedy-writing team that would only be 80 percent Ivy League-educated Jews, people thought I was crazy. They said you need 90, 95 percent. But we proved ‘em wrong.”
He was my late night companion and I will miss him greatly. He was TV’s class act.
Maybe I’m a little jealous too. He went out on top on his own terms. Who gets to do that?