Scarborough Hired as “Daily Show” Head Writer
“With Bush out we were starving for a consistent source of hysterical content,” said Stewart. “We thought we found it with Jim Cramer, but he was just too much of a loose cannon. Then Joe Scarborough shows up and nothing our staff came up with provided as much killer stuff as Joe was giving us. We first thought of hiring the Morning Joe writers until we found out that Joe was coming up with the gags himself.
Stewart says he was impressed with Scarborough’s ability to come up with a new bits at the drop of a hat, tee it up and knock it out of the park.
“In one week he gave us the satirical shilling for their new sponsor, Starbucks, including a hysterically spoofy fawning interview with Starbuck CEO, Howard Schultz. Then he gives us the ‘Stewart is Napoleon bit,” followed almost instantaneously with his brilliant ‘I never said the Homeland Security memo was targeting conservatives’ when there was a tape of him saying just that.
“Up till this time, congressmen, former and present, seem to only provide the easy gay joke,” said MSNBC satirical expert, Pat Buchanan, “but Scarborough has proven to be a virtual well of comedy subject matter.”
“We had wanted to hire the entire Fox News lineup on staff but FCC regulations put a stop to that,” said Stewart. “Plus combining an entire network with another can destroy both. UPN and WB proved that. Getting Joe is like having O’Reilly and Beck combined, but without anyone wanting to go out and kill.”