The Daily Show (the AudioBook) by Chris Smith (REVIEW)

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Review of: The daily Show (The AudioBook)
Jon Stewart, foreword Chris Smith

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The Daily Show (the AudioBook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

By: Jon Stewart – foreword, Chris Smith

Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins, Chris Lutkin, Robert Fass, Lauren Fortgang

Published by: Hachette Audio 11/22/16

The Daily Show (The Audiobook) by Chris Smith

4.5 stars rating

16 hrs and 8 mins

Genre: History

The Daily Show (the AudioBook) Sample

The Daily Show (the AudioBook)

4.5 Hearts

I’m a huge fan of The Daily Show. I’ve watched it off and on going back to Craig Kilborn, though I’ll admit that I didn’t watch it a lot back then. I watched it after Jon Stewart took over, but it did take me a while to become a regular watcher. The invention of the DVR has made it much easier for me to watch, as I’m not a late night person. I’m always a day behind since I won’t stay up to watch it.

Ever since I started listening to this, I’ve been trying to remember exactly when I became a regular watcher of the show. As I said, I watched off and on. I do know that the Colbert Report was on when I started recording and watching on a regular basis, since I started with both of the them on regular basis.

Anyway, this book is pretty much the oral story of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. While the show talks about Craig Kilborn, it is more in the aspects of the transition to Jon Stewart. I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single quote from Kilborn in this book (if there was, it was very few). There were several people from Kilborn’s team that stays on with Stewart and not just through the transition.

Mostly, this book is told with quotes from the different producers, the correspondents, writers, contributors and even some guests, like John McCain, Dennis Leary, Glenn Beck and more. So as you listen, there is one narrator who would read the speaking person’s name, title and timeframe, “Jon Stewart, The Daily Show host, 1999-2015” and then a different narrator would speak the quote that Jon says. There are also a lot of pieces of transcripts of the show with a description of what you would be seeing if you were watching. Like, “Jon behind news desk” or “Larry off to Jon’s right looking at ceiling” or even “hesitant laughter from the audience”.

I really loved listening to how Jon took on the show and really made it his own and the great show that it is today. Listening to the history as told by Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Mo Rocca, Sam Bee, Lewis Black and more. How they kept trying new things and how much those things worked. About how what they were reporting on changed them as people and what they wanted to do with the show. How Jon became the leader of these people. How he stood behind all of his staff during some really tough times, like writer strikes and personality conflicts. How he really wanted to help his staff learn to be who they wanted on the air. He wanted them to be as much a part of the show as he was.

It was very interesting to hear about the process that it took to make The Daily Show happen. How they were able to put together these great pieces showing how a politician literally contradicted a previous speech way before anyone else was doing this and way before YouTube. How they had to go and put together the interviews when they only had one camera and had to film it twice, once for the interviewer and for the interviewee.

This book covers several key events in history. They talk about election of George W Bush over Al Gore. They talk about 9/11. That part hit me the hardest. Hearing about what it was like to be behind the scenes and in New York when that happened. Stewart talks about feeling the first plane hit while he was still in bed. How they talked about if they even had a show any more. Because, they wondered if anything was ever going to be funny ever again. How they went on about decided what to do when they came back on air. If you haven’t seen Jon Stewart’s show in response to 9/11, I highly recommend you watch it, it’s just under 9 minutes long. They include the transcript of this speech in the book, but watching it was even tougher.

The Daily Show (the AudioBook) Narration

4 Hearts

There are six different narrators for this book, so they tried to talk as much like the person they are quoting as possible. At first, this was very weird, because I know what Jon sounds like. I’ve listened to him talk for many years. The guy narrating him doesn’t sound like him, but as the book goes on, I did think it sounded a little like Jon. The got the mannerisms of the way Jon talk right, if not exactly the right voice. He did nail the tone. I don’t know who narrated what for the most part. I can say that Lauren Fortgang really nailed the women in this book. I didn’t realize she was the only woman narrator until I started to build this post. I thought she really nailed Sam Bee. She also had to voice Kristen Schaal, who has a very distinct voice. While Fortgang didn’t sound exactly like Schaal (I’m not sure if anyone can), I thought she did a great job doing her voice without making her sound bad. If you want to hear exactly what Schaal sounds like, here’s a link to one of my favorite clips with her.

Author: Chris Smith

Author: Chris Smith

Chris Smith is a contributing editor at New York, where he has covered politics, sports, and entertainment. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Brooklyn.

Jon Stewart is a comedian, writer, actor, producer, director, bestselling author and former host of The Daily Show. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey.

Narrator: Oliver Wyman

Narrator: Oliver Wyman

Actor. Technologist. Mutant. Accomplished voice artist. Award-winning audio book narrator. Voice-over stand-in for Christopher Walken.

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Narrator: Jay Snyder


Narrator: Kevin T. Collins

Narrator: Kevin T. Collins

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.

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Narrator: Chris Lutkin

Narrator: Chris Lutkin

AEA/SAG/AFTRA Actor, director, writer, teacher, audiobook narrator living in The Heart of Downriver Detroit. Member of Wolverines Base Ball Club of Taylor, MI

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Narrator: Robert Fass
Narrator: Robert Fass

Veteran actor Robert Fass is an award-winning audiobook narrator living in the Bronx.

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Lauren FortgangNarrator: Lauren Fortgang

Lauren Fortgang lives in New York City where she currently works as an actor and voiceover artist. Born in Wilmington, DE, she split her time there with an upbringing in a variety of rural towns in northern California. She had early training at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and is a graduate of Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center, where she majored in theater. Her curiosity for finding new niches in the industry has afforded her a broad career spectrum, both in and out of the ‘spotlight’ as actor, singer, spokesperson audiobook narrator, podcaster, and even costume designer.

Television credits include roles on Law and Order (NBC), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), and Important Things with Demetri Martin (Comedy Central). Recent theatrical endeavors include Creation Production Company productions of Escape (LaMama E.T.C. – 50th anniversary season) and Laughing Pictures (The Flea). She’s worked in a variety of capacities with a delightful smattering of companies headed by Fordham alumni and professors, and hopes to continue to support the work of this network of artists and friends. She seeks evolvement in independent films such as the recent Astoria, Queens and The Sunnyside Murders, both of which were featured at a variety of festivals, including Queens World Film Festival, NYTVF, Breckenridge Festival of Film and NewFest.

Her commercial gigs cover national on-camera and voiceover spots for Ikea, Walmart, TJ Maxx and Woolite. She’s given voice to material spanning from video games to textbooks and works regularly as an audiobook narrator at Audible, Hachette, Penguin, Random House and beyond, having recorded roughly 150 unabridged titles and some 200 segments for monthly programming. She has received recognition from Audiofile Magazine, the Audio Publishers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Aldult Library Services Association, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly.

A hobbyist-extraordinaire, she (at any given moment) might fancy herself a baker, gardener, chef or seamstress and plays coed touch football weekly.

Finally, no bio would be complete without noting the enormity of gratitude owed her parents for supplying her freedom of imagination and a bottomless well of encouragement during the ups and (more importantly) the downs. A couple of folks ‘having your back’ for a lifetime is no small thing…

Lauren is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I really loved going back through all the stories from The Daily Show.

  1. It is strange that they didn’t have Jon himself narrate this, I guess since he didn’t write it, but still it would have been so much better

  2. Never was a fan that show or Jon Stewart but glad you enjoyed it.

    • I’ve been a huge fan for years. I still enjoy it, even with Trevor Noah. I like that they tackle issues on both parties. They hold both sides to the fire.

  3. Interesting. Sounds like a wild listen.

    • I was fun listening to the history of the show, especially the behind the scenes.

  4. Late Night Shows have never been my thing and I never think to DVR them. Neat that they did a book about the show that you like and you could learn the behind the faces type stuff.

    Yeah, I’ll bet it was difficult to adjust to narrators when they are portraying voices you’ve actually heard.

    • I’m always a day behind. I can’t stay up that late. I’ve only done the shows on Comedy Central and then the people who’ve branched off from there (Sam Bee and John Oliver). I don’t even watch Colbert any more. I do grab clips online often.

  5. Gonna have to tell my friend about this, bet he’d try it in audiobook format 😀 He’s a fan lol

    • It was like being told the story about The Daily Show. I felt like I was there with them. So much fun.

  6. I’ve only caught this one once in a blue moon but I do remember it being pretty funny at times. I’m glad you enjoyed this so much!

    • They’ve had some really funny moments. There are also times when you can see that they’ve made something such a large issue that shit got done.

  7. I’m with Kindlemom Melanie I only caught it once in a great while but this Needs to go on my audible wish list!

    • If you enjoy the show, you will enjoy this. I loved getting all the behind the scenes stuff and even revisiting times that I was as much of an avid watcher. Those people really put their heart and souls into that show.

  8. I got this book for my hubs for Christmas, Melanie. He’s really enjoying it. (slow reader) We both watched The Daily Show from almost as soon as Stewart took over. We adore him! And we always enjoyed his irreverent look at politics. His cast was also a lot of fun. In fact, I think most of the books I’ve bought for hubs in the past 10 years have been by people from The Daily Show. LOL Anyway, I’m happy you enjoyed the audio version and the look behind the show!

    • I love Stewart. I miss him. I do like Trevor Noah, but he isn’t Stewart. I also love Sam Bee and John Oliver’s show. I still watch Colbert some, but I don’t like those light night show formats. Usually just watch the monologues when I watch him.

  9. I actually really like Jon Stewart! He is super smart and the man has heart and does what his mouth says. I respect the man!! I didn’t watch this show but it would be interesting to go back and hear how the show put together 🙂 Too bad Jon didn’t narrate his part but oh well, sounds like it was still awesome!!!!

    • I really like Jon Stewart too. I love that he really stands up for what he believes in. I also like that he will go after both sides if he feels that it is needed. Yes, he is more liberal, but he was tough on Obama on several things, mostly site. I agree that this would’ve been better with Jon narrating, but it was still great.

  10. This would be so cool to listen to. I didn’t even know that there was an audiobook for Jon Stewart’s time on the Daily Show! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • It was just released late last year. I saw it come up on one of my review lists, but just got it from the library instead.

  11. Thanks for the rec, you know I love audiobooks like this. I want to read Trevor NOah’s too. I listened to his interview for NPR and he’s such a fascinating and smart individual. I wish Comedy Central is on demand, his show comes so late I can’t catch it.

    • I have Trevor Noah’s book on audio, but I haven’t started it yet. I will get to it very soon. I hope you enjoy this one as much I did.

  12. This sounds good. I love the Daily Show. I would have too watch the vid to remember but I know I saw it after 9/11… well, way after since I had a story of my own. Too bad Jon didn’t narrate it but glad they did it justice.

    • They did a great job with the narration. If you like The Daily Show, then you should really try this. It was a great visit to the past and wonderful behind the scenes stories.

  13. I’m a regular watcher of the Daily Show too – I started with Jon Stewart and really only became a regular watcher when I could DVR it (or now, watch it on Hulu) because I too am in bed before it’s on. This sounds like a fascinating read, though I’m disappointed that Jon Stewart doesn’t narrate 🙁 Oh well, I do think I’ll plan on listening just the same! Great Review 🙂

    • I have to DVR it. I can’t stay up that late either. It is a bit disappointing that it was read by Jon, but still well done on audio.

  14. I haven’t watched those shows, but I’m glad that you, as a fan, enjoyed the book!

    • This really is a book for the fans. I don’t think that someone who hasn’t watched the show, at least some, would enjoy it.

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