Candidates to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

February 18, 2015

Like you, I was surprised to hear of Jon Stewart’s announcement that he will be leaving The Daily Show. But I have been dismayed to see the same dull crop of names brought up to replace him. We need to think outside the box. Let’s get a box, get inside it, think, then climb outside of the box and do some more thinking out there. I have some ideas.


Paul F. Tompkins or Maria Bamford or W. Kamau Bell – or anyone who has ever been a guest on Wits. Maybe Rufus Wainwright. Julia Sweeney. Neko Case. Bobcat Goldthwait.

Joan Cusack – I don’t know if she’d do it but I think we can agree that anything is better when it has Joan Cusack in it.

MC Skat Kat – The cartoon cat from Paula Abdul’s “Opposites Attract” video. He’s rested, you figure.

Elbridge Gerry* – Vice-President under James Madison, so you know he’s smart. Also the only VP ever named Elbridge.

Talking Heads – Did they break up in 1991? Yes. Would you like to see them get back together? Of course.

All of us – It could be like jury duty. Anyone in America could get drafted to host The Daily Show for a day. If called, you must serve. It’s the law.

Jon Stewart – Experienced.

Eleanor Roosevelt* – She could do it all. And could. Again. Do it all. Again. Her.

A Snowman – They are delightful.

The 1976 Boston Celtics – They are proven champions and they’re probably just sitting around doing nothing anyway, lazy Celtics.

Three Baked Potatoes – It’s a lot of work hosting a show like the Daily one. That’s why you’d need THREE baked potatoes. Just in case.

*sorcery required

Okay! Get on that!


Friends of Wits Doing Stuff


Neko Case (@NekoCase) is reissuing her excellent Fox Confessor Brings the Flood album for Record Store Day and touring North America in 2015. That tour just happens to align with her April 24 Wits appearance with Paul Scheer.

Speaking of Paul Scheer (@paulscheer), he is appearing in both the new ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat and the rebooted Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix. (This is in addition to the roughly 100 other things he’s doing right now.)

Ryan Bingham (@RyanBingham) spoke with Rolling Stone about his brand new record, Fear and Saturday Night. You can catch Ryan and Mary Lynn Rajskub on May 1 at the Fitz.

Kat Edmonson (@katedmonson) also has a new album out (The Big Picture), and recently performed some of the tracks on CBS This Morning. She, along with Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes), will be appearing on the March 20 Wits.

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