On Comedy Central’s Daily Show, satire is centre stage, dealt by host Jon Stewart. So politicians, slebs, and talking heads from other networks can expect to find themselves skewered during the half hour programme. So it was on Thursday last, but in spades: Stewart gave the full treatment to the increasingly eccentric Glenn Beck, “star” of Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse).
The extended segment can be viewed in the UK on 4OD: here, not only does Stewart capture the ridiculously paranoid style of Beck, but Beck himself is shown in the background almost as a Big Brother figure, an idea that is genuinely scary. It is this idea that puts the piece in the standout category.
And, as a bonus, it’s very, very funny.