Face it: you can’t exactly “replace” Jon Stewart.
Sure, you can put someone new behind his desk. but it was Stewart who not only created THE DAILY SHOW, but with it an entire niche of comedic news reporting.
So what is Comedy Central to do when Stewart walks away for good later this year?
It stands to reason that network execs are already reaching out to potential successors — most likely including John Oliver, who steered the ship for eight weeks in 2013 and now hosts his own (rather similar) show on HBO.
But what about this idea: a woman?
Comedy Central has always prided itself on being cutting edge and nothing would get more attention than leading the movement toward gender equality in late night TV.
“This is a no-brainer: it should be a woman,” Eliana Dockterman writes on Time.com.
If there is any network that should “take a risk” on a female host, it should be Comedy Central. (Yes, it’s ridiculous that a woman hosting her own show is a “risk” in 2015.) The channel has done tremendous work to bolster the platforms of female comics in the past couple of years, adding shows like Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City—which was created by and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson—to its traditionally male-dominated lineup.
Ratings have proven that viewers, including men, will tune in to watch these funny ladies. Inside Amy Schumer was the most watched series premiere for the channel in 2013, drawing a 50/50 male-female demographic despite tackling topics like objectification, discrimination and gender politics with a distinctly feminist tone. (Comedy Central’s audience is about 60% male overall.) Meanwhile, Broad City has earned critical acclaim and averaged 1.3 million viewers per episode in its first season. Compare that to FX’s Louie, which pulls in just over 1 million viewers per episode — despite being in its fourth season with a much better-known comedian at the helm.
The big question, of course, is that even if CC wanted to hire a woman, who would it be?
Schumer is already in the fold, but her bread and butter is telling sex jokes. Might not be such a good fit.
Who would you like to see take over THE DAILY SHOW?
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