Since joining Hulu, I’ve seen many great shows come to the site, but none as exciting to me as today’s addition of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. I’ve been a fan of both shows for years, but I don’t always have the time to watch them. Now that full episodes are available on Hulu, I can finally fit them into my schedule.
What impresses me most about both shows is how consistently fresh and insightful they are as they present a comedic look at the world and news around us. A lot of shows offer the facts around current events, but very few uncover the greater truths that are masked by the slick surface of telestrators and headlines crawling across the screen of cable news.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart centers on host Jon Stewart as he uses cable news segments to provide satiric commentary on the day’s headlines, but the show also features hilarious reports from a great team of correspondents (The Office‘s Steve Carrell being just one alum) and Stewart’s hard-hitting interviews. Always incredibly prepared, he can speak knowledgably to authors and take newsmakers to task on issues. His recent interview with former White House spokesman Scott McClellan (below) was brilliant — it’s no wonder that over 20 percent of young Americans say they got their news from the show during the last election cycle.
The Colbert Report‘s great conceit is that host Stephen Colbert (a former Daily Show correspondent) is playing the role of Stephen Colbert, a glib, conservative, close-minded pundit from a cable news show. He wraps himself up in this pompous role completely — but part of the fun is to catch the moments when the façade cracks and he too succumbs to the joke of his own idiotic statements.
Colbert and Stewart provide plenty of moments that are worth sharing and now that they’re on Hulu, it’s easy to spread the word. I plan to pick out my favorite segments from each episode and e-mail them to my friends so we can all keep up on the latest developments in this year’s presidential election. Give it a try and let us know what you think.