Opens June 14, 2019
With his furiously funny brand of satire, Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” correspondents skewered politicians and the press, challenging the integrity of government, the news media and democracy along the way. As the 2020 presidential campaign season heats up, this exhibit will explore the impact Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” had on American politics and the press through four presidential campaigns, two wars and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Stewart’s humorous take on the daily news — amplified by the arrival of social media and YouTube — made him the go-to source for information for a new generation of news consumers. Many viewers considered Stewart a more trusted source for news than actual broadcast journalists. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be Stewart’s desk from “The Daily Show” and the exhibit will include other artifacts and print news related to the long history of political humor in the United States.
Seriously Funny will also explore humor as a protected form of free speech under the First Amendment and Stewart’s lasting influence on political satire through the comedians he mentored, including Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee and “The Daily Show’s” current host, Trevor Noah.