Nonetheless, Stewart has at all times practiced a type of journalism, utilizing comedy because the supply system. At “The Every day Present,” that meant reaching viewers who may not in any other case be heavy information customers, dressing up present occasions in a extra engaging package deal.
By transferring to the much less commercially pressured realm of streaming, Stewart has disbursed with the pretense of spooning out sugar to assist the messages go down. The not-unreasonable takeaway from that’s having hung out surveying the state of the US and the world, the comedian — who can not help however joke at occasions in asides and whereas speaking to company and newsmakers — has decided the stakes are too dire to spend a lot time clowning round.
“We help our troops, except they really want help,” Stewart says, continuing to interview struggling army personnel together with their members of the family, adopted by a really pointed sit-down with present US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough.
The obvious drawback with “The Problem” is its emphasis on righting and exposing wrongs comes on the expense of being entertaining, no less than in the way in which individuals have come to anticipate. The general impact brings to thoughts the historic resistance when a comedic actor segues into dramatic roles, and the pushback from elements of the viewers figures to be comparable.
Stewart has anticipated that potential criticism and appears content material to plead responsible to it. Having spent years eliciting laughs, in “The Problem” Stewart has completely different priorities, embarking, nonetheless lofty it would sound, on a search for options.
“The Problem With Jon Stewart” premieres Sept. 30 on Apple TV+.