Angry Optimist

Angry Optimist

The Life and Times of Jon Stewart

Book - 2014
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A New York Times Bestseller Since his arrival at The Daily Show in 1999, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his unlikely rise to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through his years as a struggling standup comic in New York, and on to the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show . And she charts his humbling string of near-misses--passed over as a replacement for shows hosted by Conan O'Brien, Tom Snyder, and even the fictional Larry Sanders--before landing on a half-hour comedy show that at the time was still finding its footing amidst roiling internal drama.

Once there, Stewart transformed The Daily Show into one of the most influential news programs on television today. Drawing on interviews with current and former colleagues, Rogak reveals how things work--and sometimes don't work--behind the scenes at The Daily Show, led by Jon Stewart, a comedian who has come to wield incredible power in American politics.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250014443
Branch Call Number: B STEWART
Characteristics: 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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ChristchurchLib Mar 14, 2016

Drawing on interviews with current and former colleagues of Jon Stewart, the author of The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert chronicles the life of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, from his early stand-up days to the acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show to his rise to become a comedic—and, surprisingly, a political—icon.

Oct 26, 2015

very insightful view of our hero Jon Stewart. It was great to hear about the personal side to the man who has taken on the news divisions of all the big broadcast corporations in the US. He has made us sit up and take notice that what we hear isn't what we have and for that we owe him a great deal. Glad he has a satisfying personal life to retreat to.

Vivian Unger Jan 02, 2015

It's nice to find out more about Jon Stewart, his background and career and how he ended up on The Daily Show... but holy geez, this woman is a terrible writer. The book is a compilation of various articles about, and interviews with, Jon Stewart. Those other writers did the work; Rogak just copied what she could get away with under "fair use," added some connective tissue consisting of badly-written sentences, put it all together in book form and slapped her name on the cover. It isn't really her creation at all. Some pages are more than half quotes lifted from other interviews, just stacked one on top of each other. I only read as far as the point where Stewart is asked to take over as host of The Daily Show. Then I stopped because life is too short to read books this bad.

Oct 17, 2014

Easy read, mostly reporting the facts, no depth. Gave it 3 stars instead of 21/2, because I had no problem reading the book cover to cover. Recommended to the fans who don't know much about Stewart's background and the show.


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