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“Comedy,” Chris Rock once said, “is the blues for people who can’t sing.” There’s certainly a common element in both art forms; they can both invoke the solitary act of pointing out life’s random tragedies with a touch of ironic self-awareness. A comedian, like a blues singer, must be able to entertain an audience. But a good comedian also has the ability to engage her audience’s minds and imaginations while revealing, much like a...
When Jon Stewart made the surprise announcement last February that he would step down from his hosting duties of Comedy Central’s long-running news satire The Daily Show, he gave his first interview in an unlikely space. Instead of in the New York Times or on another late-night talk show, he showed up in a faded leather jacket and gray hoodie and sat at a card table on the stage of Joe’s Pub in Manhattan....