The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 91

Matt Groening

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Jul 18, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Matt Groening
Tonight, the creator of The Simpsons, who is also promoting the upcoming Simpsons Movie, Matt Groening. Jon begins the show tonight commenting on the Atlanta Falcons quarterback arrested for dogfighting. Jon then reports on the Senate all-nighter as Dems try to tire Republicans out with debate over the Iraq War in a segment called "C-Span After Dark". As Jon notes, the all-night session had a simple message, 'Let Us Vote'. Dems want to vote on an amendment that would bring the troops home by next April while the Republicans are using a filibuster to block them from even voting. The final tally, 52-47, short of the 60 votes needed. Political Theatre Critic John Oliver highlights some of the more dramatic aspects of the Senate debates. Washington Bureau Chief Aasif Mandvi talks with Jon about the sacrifice Senators made in staying up all night.moreless

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  • John welcomes Simpsons creator Matt Groening and looks at the Democrats and Republicans fighting over Iraq.

    This is a great episode where Stewart shows that he is willing to take shots at both Democrats and Republicans.

    The "Political Theater" sketch mocks both Democrats and Republicans for still not ending the war in Iraq not even setting a timetable. As Stewart would say a few nights later "it's all the same political rhetoric" meaning nothing will every get done despite the bickering on both sides. This is probably more of a critiques as Democrats have been the most vocal against the war, yet for all intentional purposes have neither impeached Bush or really followed through with their promise to end the war.

    As we have a major political race on our hands everybody seems to be saying the same thing. Anyways, Matt discusses the Simpsons resulting in a couple of great jabs by Stewart specifically the fact that Bart is still ten , twelve years old and has never aged!!!

    Groening takes the jabs with a big grin and then talks about the longevity of the Simpsons. He also talks about the Simpsons movie. All in all it's an entertaining chat with Simpsons creator and this episode together with the commentary on politics and Michael Vick make it worthwhile to watch.moreless
Matt Groening

Matt Groening


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John Oliver (II)

John Oliver (II)


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Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Matt Groening reveals that the Simpsons is no longer allowed to have fake "news crawls" - supposedly so that FOX viewers don't get confused and think it's real news.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jon Stewart: So why did this all-night session happen? Because while Democrats have a majority in the Senate, they don't have the 60 vote super majority needed to bring bills like this to a vote, thus, forcing the Democrats to stay up all night to prevent the Republicans from staging an all night vote blocking filibuster. You can see why were fighting so hard to export this type of government to Iraq.

    • Jon Stewart: Why is Bart not 18? Or 19?
      Matt Groening: He should be 30, actually.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Moment of Zen: Clip of Senator Joe Lieberman saying: Some have said that this is the only amendment with teeth. It does have teeth, but I think we've got to ask, "Who's does it bite?" I think it bites our hope.


    • Jon's description of a Simpsons episode set in the future where Lisa is the President and Bart is an unemployed slob who mooches off her refers to an episode called "Bart To The Future" that originally aired on March 19, 2000.

    • Jon Stewart: Best episode ever! All I can say is, excellent.

      Two quick references to The Simpsons. The character known as Comic Book Guy is an armchair media critic who frequently says, "Worst episode ever!" Mr. Burns frequently says, "Excellent," in a sinister voice, usually when he's just done something evil. Jon imitates his voice and tents his fingers the same way Mr. Burns does when he says the catchphrase.

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