The show that has become part of the fabric of not only New York City, but a country, gets it’s own day. And if your eyes can’t read text on rice, we’ve typed out what the Proclamation says for you, enjoy.
Every so often, a cultural phenomenon sweeps in at just the right moment to encapsulate an era. The Daily Show, which first aired in 1996, is one such phenomenon. Indeed, it is hard to imagine the past two decades of politics without the astute and yes, absolutely hilarious, commentary The Daily Show provided. With an impressive 19 Emmys, Two Peabody Awards and a large and loyal fan base from all around the world. This late night broadcast has wielded the power of satire to offer clarity in times of confusion, catharsis in moments of despair and a whole lot of goffy in between. One need look no further than to the lengthy line that forms along 11th Avenue on Monday through Thrusday to appreciate its immense popularity and profound impact. I am honored to have been a repeat guest!
Jon Stewart assumed his role as host of The Daily Show in 1999, quickly generating buzz as an incisive interviewer, pitch-perfect political satirist and deadpan “Straight Man.” Stewart and his self-declared “Best [expletive] news team ever” poked fun at everything from the 24-hour news cycle to the rhetoric of our political campaigns. Whether rendering absurd the argument against raising the minimum wage, highlighting the gender pay gap, lambasting corporate greed, mocking partisan gridlock, championing our nation’s veterans or articulating the world’s grief in the days following the tragedies o 9/11, Stewart and his crew of writers and correspondents not only entertained and educated their millions of fans, but also galvanized them to seek – and even rally for – reason, Democracy, peace, compassion and truth. That’s why viewers have increasingly turned to The Daily Show for the nuanced perspectives it delivers with such hilarity.
Stewart may have referred to his job as “throwing tomatoes at the chalkboard”, but the ultimate effect of The Daily Show is that it has advanced our public discourse, inspired positive change and made a lot of people laugh. Our great city owes a huge debt of gratitude to the tremendously talented fake news anchor who nightly alchemized our fatigue and cynicism into heartfelt laughter. Jon, please accept my best wishes for a fulfilling next chapter. I promise to think of you every time I dig into a fresh slice with a fork and knife.
Now therefore, I, Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the city of New York, do hereby proclaim Thursday, August 6th, 2015 in the city of New York as:
“‘THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART’ DAY”