‘Stay in your lane, news!’ says ‘Daily Show’ executive producer Jen Flanz. ‘We got this! Comedy is our job!’
Chris Smith is the author of The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff, and Guests (Grand Central). He is a contributing editor at New York magazine and lives in Brooklyn.
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Despite the tight control Stewart maintained, he left things loose enough to nurture inspiration and improvisation.