Go, Jon Stewart! Go!

I even greater respect for Jon Stewart than I had before. I’ve been a fan of his for a reasonably long time, ever since he proved himself smarter than the assorted panels he hosted on Where’s Elvis This Week?.
But you’ve got to give the man credit: paid $100,000 to host a flannel chat at Advertising Week, he still gave the assembled editors the kind of grilling he reserves for people on The Daily Show.
He asked the editor of Men’s Health, “Why is your magazine so gay?” and “Do the men on the cover always have to be – what’s the word – glistening?”
To the editor of Time on why he revealed the sources of the infamous Plume leak: “One prosecutor asks for some documents and everyone pulls their underwear over their heads and you turn them over. And not only that, but Newsweek breaks the story. What the fuck, Jim?”
He even gave print media in the US a collective slapping by saying, “I didn’t say you weren’t important, I just said you sit at the kids’ table”, a reference to their increasing irrelevance compared to TV in contributing to the national debate.
That man has balls, insight and, gosh darn it, he tells it as he sees it. It probably makes him more of a journalist than many of the assembled editors.
Incidentally, there was an interesting interview with him in Saturday’s Guardian, which although a bit shallow, did at least reveal the exciting news that digital channel, More4, set to launch very soon now, will be airing The Daily Show, starting 12th October.

The Ace of Wine

Pandora at The Independent has revealed the delightful news that Lemmy from Motorhead wants to cameo in Last of the Summer Wine.

“For some reason, we got talking about TV, and Lemmy said that the only thing worth watching these days was Last of the Summer Wine,” I’m told. “He watches it every time he can, and has asked for a cameo as a chum of a character called Clegg.”

As cameos go, that’s up there with the entire series of Extras and Elisabeth Sladen in the next series of Doctor Who. I might actually watch BBC1 for once if Jim fixes it for Lemmy.

Jimmy Carr: why

You may have noticed the ubiquity of a certain stand-up on Channel 4’s screens in the last year or so. You, like me, may have wondered why he’s on every programme when he is, quite clearly, not very funny or likeable. In fact, both he and June Sarpong are on my personal list of “Top ten people to have sent to the Big Brother house indefinitely, with the cameras off and no food, so a bizarre Lord of the Flies situation slowly emerges” purely as a result of Your Face Or Mine?, the most deeply unpleasant show on tele in a long while.
I now know why and I bring good news.
It turns out Jimmy’s days may be numbered. You see, Channel 4’s commissioning system has resulted in a situation where no one knows exactly what’s in each show – at least, not enough to spot the fact that Jimmy Carr’s in everything until the shows actually broadcast.
But, my spies at C4 tell me that it has been noticed and the powers that be are doing everything in their power to have Carr removed from our screens ASAP.
Praise be.