In many ways, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart should be considered one of the best comedies on television. First of all, it is overall one of the funniest shows that induces laughter in every episode. However, it is also one of the best sources to get pretty blunt news and updates on the daily happenings of politics and media throughout the country (and world). It is a satirical "fake" news show, yet is more honest than any of the actual programs on the actual cable news networks. Much of this is attributed to...you guessed it, Jon Stewart. The host is charming and witty and one of the best comedians of our time.
Now, he is taking that talent to movies. He will be taking a 12 week break from The Daily Show to direct his first feature film. He is leaving the show in the hands of the talented John Oliver, so don't fear, you will still get your daily "Moment of Zen."
While Stewart is known for being funny, he will greatly shift tones for the film, Rosewater. It will be based on Maziar Bahari's book, "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." The book explores Bahari's story as a BBC journalist who was held in an Iranian prison for 118 days during their presidential election of 2009. It's a harrowing story, but one that will expose and bring light to many global issues.
This might seem like an odd choice for Stewart as he is known for his comedy. However, The Daily Show is also a brilliant in the way they are able to discuss important global issues. It is easy to see why this would be a passion project for Stewart and I am very interested to see if he talent will transfer to directing. I have a feeling it will and will be pretty brilliant.