17. THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART 

Created by Madeleine Smithberg, Lizz Winstead; Head Writer: Chris Kreski; Writers: Jim Earl, Daniel J. Goor, Charles Grandy, J.R. Havlan, Tom Johnson, Kent Jones, Paul Mercurio, Guy Nicolucci, Steve Rosenfield, Jon Stewart  

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Aired: COMEDY CENTRAL, 1999-Present

It began as The Daily Show (hosted by Craig Kilborn) in 1996, became The Daily Show (hosted by Jon Stewart) in 1999, and is now just as often referred to as Jon Stewart as its official title, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Though creator Lizz Winstead remained through the transition from Kilborn to Stewart, the show became a home for former writers from the satirical newspaper The Onion. It is hard to believe, but when The Daily Show first aired, there was no Fox News or MSNBC. Steadily, The Daily Show’s faux journalism focused less on lampooning small-town provincialism and newsmagazine histrionics and more on the sweet spot of cable news’ embrace of partisanship and fevered punditry. Perhaps because of this, the show was won nine straight Emmys for as the best written comedy/variety series.

Behind the scenes with the writers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 

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