I think the error is thinking that speech was me saying, “And this is how we win.” That isn’t. There’s so many completely different ways to construct positive culture.
Do you think “The Daily Show” made people more cynical?
I think people at all times thought “The Daily Show” was cynical and it never was, in my thoughts. Certainly this show isn’t. If something, it’s overly idealistic and naïve. Cynical can be to fake like the show is basically doing something. It’s not and I don’t think any of us ever thought it really was. But it felt good to us. It was a bear scratching his ass on a tree.
Is the goal of “The Problem With Jon Stewart” that you’ll give a platform to people who’re straight affected by an issue, and to people with the power to do something about it, after which viewers will hopefully be inspired to take motion on this issue themselves?
No. [Laughs.] I don’t think we will ever lose sight of the truth that it’s still simply TV. I’m not trying to denigrate the shape that I’ve labored in for my grownup life. But don’t be fooled that this momentary increase is in some way akin to vary or efficient activism. If it offers these people a fast increase and it helps them get over the hill, boy, that will be wonderful but these hills — I don’t know should you’ve observed, we’re all Sisyphus. I’d relatively really feel like the person pushing somebody up than the person kicking them again down. Isn’t some small measure of consolation and help and leisure and perception higher than noise and exploitation?
When I visited the show, a member of your studio viewers requested about your ’90s-era look on “The Nanny.” You told the gang — humorously, but aptly — “I don’t necessarily want to be your personal time capsule.” Are you involved, with this show or generally, that your viewers received’t ever allow you to evolve into something completely different than what they’ve already seen?
[Laughs.] I assume we’ll discover out! I think little or no about legacy and what people think I’m. I’ve been employed and fired so many occasions, from working in bakeries to laboratories to bars. I never view myself by a singular lens. Another person within the viewers said to me, you’ve been gone for six years and also you’ve missed so much. And I was like, “I’ve actually been alive this whole time. I get what you’re saying, but I had to wear a mask and buy a bunch of toilet paper and water. I had the ups and downs of the previous administration and felt it deeply.” People understand you, but should you permit their notion to outline you, you then live in a hologram. And I’m simply trying to embody the universe I really live in.
If I let different people outline who I was, I’d in all probability still be bartending beneath a liquor retailer in Trenton, N.J. You can’t live like that.