By Stewart Sutherland
It used to be that outside of simple joke books, comedy was a medium reserved for TV and radio. A fickle industry, it requires timing, shamelessness and that unique grain of truth to make it believable. To capture these elements and print them in a book is no easy task, but in 2004, the writers and talent of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart added their entry with the successful mock-encyclopaedia America (the Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction. A satirical telling of America’s founding, structuring and possible futures, it stands to reason the best way to top that would be to cover everything else in the next book: Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race.
By Stewie Sutherland
It’s really no secret that I’m a big fan of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which is beamed to many countries’ basic cable providers. For this reason it might be overlooked. The show, hosted by Comedy Central in America, is also only available via cable there, and isn’t the most well-known program. If you look for it though, you can find it: the show has gained such popularity that it now includes a Global Edition (The Daily Show airs Monday-Thursday – due to the lag in transmission, it is played in other countries Tuesday to Friday, with a recap of the previous week’s best moments in a special format for Monday).
They’re very busy people, yet somehow they managed to get enough time to write this incredible book of historical inaccuracy, political scandals and “what not to do if you’re trying to become a democracy”. In case all of this is Greek to you, I’m happy to explain it! Continue reading