‘Hamilton’ on My Mind

Our rappin' founding fathers.

Our Rappin’ Founding Fathers.

How does a Broadway superstar, adding to his repertoire, transform the tale of a founding father into a hip-hop legend selling out every night? Ok, so I tried to rhyme against Lin-Manuel’s Miranda’s narrative beat from his hit Broadway show, ‘Hamilton,’ but unfortunately I don’t think I have the creativity to write for the stage. But that doesn’t mean I can’t gawk at the sheer brilliance of Miranda’s latest sell out hit.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, I’m referring to ‘Hamilton,’ a hip-hop musical that tells the story of our “Ten Dollar Founding Father,” Alexander Hamilton, and his contributions to the American Revolution and the birth of the United States. It’s a mix of rap narrative, meshed with hip hop/ pop numbers that will leave you humming the tune every hour of the day, all while teaching you about the start of our country. I never thought I’d see the day when American history would seem sexy to me, but then again, you never know with today’s creative minds.

I’m not sure if I can pinpoint my favorite part of this musical—since I discovered the soundtrack on Spotify last week it’s been the only thing I’ve listened to (unfortunately tickets are sold out or insanely expensive all the way into July 2016, so unless you are Beyonce of Obama, you are stuck listening to the recordings). If I’m being honest, ‘Hamilton’ is the only thing I’ve TALKED about in the past week, hence why I was compelled to write about it. I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Alexander Hamilton.

I’ve listened to the entire album start to finish more times than I can count. Work, subway, before bed, it’s really consumed my life. I’ve over-analyzed every line, researched every battle, and I figured the easiest way to discuss it was in list form, since I’ve had a piece of paper by my desk for three days where I jot down ideas about why I love this so much.

  1. Immigration Pride. ‘Hamilton,’ while it may be about the start of our nation, has many themes that are still relevant today. Most notably, the theme of immigrants coming to this country to make a name for his or herself rings through every song. America was founded by immigrants, it relies on immigrants, and sometimes we forget that. But one of the things that makes me most proud to be an American is that you can come to this country and work your way up—we’re not perfect yet, we’re still fighting for full equality, but we have more opportunities than other countries. ‘Hamilton’ reminds us just how important this truth is.
  1. Strong female characters. The Schuyler Sisters are pretty badass. Especially that Angelica, who knew how to work a crowd to get what she needed, but will also fight for her sister before anyone else—even herself. And you have to love her best line in that catchy, all-girl soul number—“We hold these truths to be self-evident/ That all men are created equal/And when I meet Thomas Jefferson/ I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel!”
  1. Aaron Burr. As the narrator of the tale, Burr kind of has this Antonio Salieri vibe—Hamilton was this young, unknown name who quickly rose in the ranks. You can sense that jealously and tension as Burr and Hamilton’s relationship progresses, much like Salieri felt over Mozart in the classic film, ‘Amadeus.’ Of course, we know how the story ends, in a duel between the two men that (spoilers) ends Hamilton’s life, but the story is so well told in this musical that the final songs bring you to tears. And you feel for Burr—like in the song “The World Was Wide Enough,” he says his decision to shoot Hamilton made him the villain of the story, even if he wasn’t the worst person ever. (Related: there is an Aaron Burr card in Cards Against Humanity and I hope to God I get that during my annual Christmas Eve game with my extended family).
  1. The lyrics. Miranda is a lyrical genius. I’m not throwing that term out lightly either—it’s a rare thing to really see the story through just the words, and yet in every battle scene, every argument that I listen to in the story, I can see it in front of me. In “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down),” you can see the surrender as the man in the red coat stands on that parapet (also, who else looked up parapet when they heard that part?). You can see King George prancing around in his hilarious numbers. And when some of the characters get their shouts outs (Hercules Mulligan! Lafayette!) you want to stand up and cheer with them. The words alone bring you back to the 1700 and 1800s, just with a badass twist.
  1. Leaving a Legacy. Hamilton is obsessed throughout the musical about what his name will mean after he dies. “Non-Stop” really plays this with the line “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?” Of course it’s dramatized a bit since we know what happens to him, but it still shows truth behind how much the real Alexander Hamilton worked to help this nation before his early death. And as Alex says, ‘a legacy is planting flowers in a garden we never see.’

To be honest, I didn’t know much about Alexander Hamilton before this musical—I had to take some time to research each battle and his role in the American Revolution. But Miranda’s work is doing what so many history teachers have tried to do—make history cool.

    I've become so enamored with 'Hamilton' I get emotional over the ten dollar bill.

    I’ve become so enamored with ‘Hamilton’ I get emotional over the ten dollar bill.

    AES Delves Inside Mixing Late Night TV

    The Audio Engineering Society held its annual Convention at the Javits Center in New York City on October 29 to November 1, with lectures, panels, and a show floor of the latest products from the Pro Audio industry. My role at AES each year is to make sure the hottest events are covered for the show daily magazine. This year, the session that stood out was the Grammy Soundtable: After Hours—Mixing for Late Night TV. You can read my coverage here or at its original location here.

    The faces of late night television have changed dramatically over the last few years, ushering in a new generation of hosts. In 2014, Jimmy Fallon moved up from his NBC late night gig to take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. David Letterman, who hosted Late Show with David Letterman since 1993, retired earlier this year, handing the show over to Stephen Colbert, the comedian, actor and former star of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

    Late night television’s hosts weren’t the only changes though—with these new shows also came complete overhauls of the show studios, which are designed first for visuals, then audio, giving the shows’ sound engineers a special challenge of mixing clear audio in the smaller studios.

    In this year’s Grammy SoundTables panel, moderated by Will Lee of the CBS orchestra and Late Night with David Letterman, a panel of sound engineers discussed their positions in late night television and how they adapt to each show’s unique challenges. Panelists included: Harvey Goldberg, Late Night with David Letterman and Late Night with Stephen Colbert; Josiah Gluck, Saturday Night Live; and Lawrence Manchester, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

    “In general, making music for TV is not always the best acoustic environment,” said Goldberg. Since Colbert took over, Goldberg said he could tell what acoustic changes were made to the theater when it was redone. The same occurred at Fallon’s studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York.

    “Jimmy (Fallon) wanted the new studio to sound fantastic, for both him and the audience,” said Manchester. While each show has its own unique format, one of the most common challenges each producer faces is mixing audio in a short time span. For Manchester, Fallon’s writers will come up with a musical segment a few days (and sometimes a few hours) before filming, leaving him with the challenge to create a plan as fast as possible. This is usually for Fallon’s musical impressions, or collaborations with guests throughout the show. “The experience relies on ample time—you don’t have a lot of time in late night but that forces you to come in with your best plan,” he said.

    Over at SNL, Gluck said they usually start figuring out recording plans on Thursday— two days before the live performance. For the 40th anniversary special, Gluck said they used a lot of wireless for the musical performances to add flexibility to the show.

    Onto the World Series

    The NY Mets celebrate after sweeping the Cubs on October 20.

    The NY Mets celebrate after sweeping the Cubs on October 20.

    I am a Mets fan.

    Six months ago, that statement usually got responses of laughter and questions. Why? I grew up in Massachusetts, and the Mets are notoriously one of the MLB’s worst teams. So why would I choose to join their *sometimes* self-deprecating fan base, when all signs point me towards the bigger teams? Well, to be honest it’s as simple as I like the underdogs.

    I didn’t choose the Mets for that reason alone—my father is a Mets fan, so I was raised on them. We were the secret New York fans in a sea of Red Sox. When I was younger, that New York vs. Massachusetts rivalry didn’t matter—the Sox were still suffering from the Curse of the Bambino, and the Mets last won a series in 1986, before I was even born, so by the time I started to like baseball, the Red Sox and Mets never saw each other as legitimate threats. We were all suffering under the regime of the evil empire (New York Yankees), so I was among friends. Then 2004 hit.

    I keep referring to that season, when the Red Sox, who for 86 years hadn’t won a World Series, broke their curse and came out on top during one of the most exciting comebacks in baseball history. Even last week, when the Mets were up 3-0 against the Cubs, sports reporters were referencing when the Sox came back from that against the Yankees. I don’t think the sportscasters were anti-Mets, but even with some of the best playing the team has shown all season, we’re still skeptical about whether the Mets would pull through—they are known to Mets it up, meaning they drop the ball when they need to play their best.

    When you’re the fan of an underdog team, it just takes time before you get your day. I truly believe this—to mimic that Dos Equis guy, I’m not always a sports fan, but when I am, I’m dedicated. For 86 years, my home state waited, and fought, to win the World Series. They were gracious losers, year after year, becoming the butt of jokes, but eventually they came out on top. And they did it again in 2007. And again in 2013.

    The Mets were always on my radar, but it took me moving here to become a die-hard fan. For the last few years, I’ve made it to a few games a year, convincing my Yankees and Sox fan friends that they should come with me for the food and cheap tickets (you can always get decent seats for a game at Citi Field for less than $20). I would go to support my team, while everyone else would laugh at the Mets’ record. We became the joke team, replacing the Red Sox, even though only a few years earlier the Sox were in that position. Sigh.

    But let’s look at the Mets before 2015. This team is family—they are dedicated and always offer their fans something to enjoy. Even when they are losing, the games are a blast to attend, and year after year they would lose with style. You could never really hate the Mets, because they were always smiling. We put up with the jokes, the criticism, the eye rolls, because we knew one day we would get our turn. That turn is now.

    This year has been one of the most exciting seasons in sports for me. I remember at the start of the season, I told my friend (a Red Sox fan) that this was the Mets’ year. She laughed at me. Now, she isn’t laughing. I got to watch my team win 11 games in a row—unheard of for this team. We got Matt Harvey back, we watched our other young pitchers rise, Yoenis Cespedes joined us halfway through the season to round out our batting order, Daniel Murphy is still keeping up with his streak of post season home runs and Wilmer Flores showed us what it truly means to love the Mets when he cried at the rumors of a trade. It’s been a year of ups and downs, and tomorrow, we start game one of the World Series.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this. Wearing my lucky charms, my hat on backwards, whatever superstitions it takes to support my team. Because we’ve waited for a long time, and I have a feeling that this is our year. So, please join me as we chant ‘Let’s Go Mets!’

    How Stephen Colbert is Changing Late Night

    The Ed Sullivan Theater off Times Square lit up following the Septemeber 24 taping of

    The Ed Sullivan Theater off Times Square lit up following the September 24 taping of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

    A very lucky, Internet-savvy friend of mine landed three tickets to a taping of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ and out of what I can only imagine is selfless kindness (or maybe he owed me a favor), he offered me one of those coveted spots for Colbert’s September 24 show. I know I’ve written about the show before—it was my most anticipated premier of the year, but seeing it live, well, I’m still riding that high.

    Colbert has a few weeks under his belt now, so it seems like he’s picking up on the flow (nine years of ‘The Colbert Report’ probably helped him adjust to that live taping atmosphere too). Watching him on TV, you can get a fairly good idea of how Colbert works, but during the taping, I got to see an up-close view of Colbert’s true talent—working with his writers in between segments, going over each joke, making sure that the crew was on the same page—a real treat for a TV junkie like myself. You forget that as fun as it looks to host a talk show, it’s still work, and requires careful planning to make sure everything runs smoothly.

    The theme of the night was Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. (complete with a handwritten cardboard sign welcoming “Frank”). Colbert, who was raised Catholic, wanted to center his show on the Pope, and discuss with his guests about what this historic event means to them, what the role of the Catholic Church is in today’s society, and what it means to be Catholic in a celebrity world. I was pleasantly surprised by the discussion topics—when you get so wrapped up in the extreme views that stem from religion (anti-abortion, planned parenthood, gay-rights, etc. etc.), you tend to forget that religion is still an important aspect of our culture, and that with any religion, there is more good behind it than not. Even the Pope during his address to Congress yesterday urged listeners to not let ideological extremism get in the way of freedom.

    Andrew Sullivan, Jim Gaffigan, and Maria Shriver discuss being Catholic with Stephen Colbert on September 24.

    Andrew Sullivan, Jim Gaffigan and Maria Shriver discuss being Catholic with Stephen Colbert on September 24.

    Instead of keeping the Pope discussion to a few jokes before bringing on an A-List celebrity, Colbert dove into the heart of the day, first talking with a panel of ‘openly-Catholic celebrities’ about why they are proud to be Catholic (Andrew Sullivan was the most poignant of the speakers, telling us that his religion taught him to be confident and open about being gay, two lifestyles that don’t always see eye to eye), followed by a discussion about how the Catholic Church is working to help the environment with Archbishop Thomas Wenski. The panel, which also included comedian Jim Gaffigan and journalist Maria Shriver, left me stunned—not just because of what they said, but that I witnessed an open, educated discussion on a Late Night television show. And that is how Colbert is changing the face of Late Night, by bringing a current, intelligent edge to his nightly line up.

    You also have to credit Colbert’s interviewing skills for much of the show’s initial success. His ability to humanize even the most aggressive monsters is something you rarely see in any news form. Earlier this week, Colbert hushed his audience for booing Ted Cruz—he told the audience that even if you disagree with Cruz’s views, he is still a guest on the show and deserves respect. In a world dominated by the Internet, it’s easy to join the crowd mocking public figures we disagree with, but what we forget is that these are still people who are (hopefully) fighting for what they believe in. Colbert’s interview with Vice President Joe Biden last week is another great example—instead of talking about politics, or the presidential race, he talked to Biden about life, about how he maintains such a positive attitude in a world that can bring so much pain (he had me in tears for the whole segment). Colbert’s ability to see each guest in a stripped down form, pulled away from the persona the media has assigned him or her, is a rare quality that needs to be commended.

    Comparing him to other Late Night shows, past and present, Colbert is offering a new form of Late Night that I think will appeal more and more to younger generations. During a pre-show Q&A (the only time I’ve ever seen a TV show host interact so intimately with his audience), one man asked Colbert why he chooses to bring on guests that don’t fit that A-list/B-list celebrity demographic. Colbert’s answer was simple: he wanted to bring on guests he thought were ‘interesting.’ And then he asked the audience if they enjoyed the interviews he’s done so far—the CEO of Uber, Elon Musk—people who are changing our world in big ways, but may not always get a chance to sit in the spotlight. Don’t get me wrong, I think Fallon has a great show, but if Colbert continues doing what he’s doing, then there’s little competition for my attention, and I’m sure for the attention of many Americans interested in current events.

    You can watch the whole episode from September 24 here.

    The Wait is Over! Colbert is Back, and Fans Rejoice!

    Colbert took over for Late Night with David Letterman on September 8, 2015.

    Colbert took over for Late Night with David Letterman on September 8, 2015.

    In all my years as an adult, the closest I’ve gotten to returning to that ‘Night Before Christmas’ level of excitement came with the premier of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’ Since the announcement that he would take over for Letterman, it’s been an emotional roller coaster for this Colbert super fan. The joy of knowing he will take on a new role in media; the pain of losing his Comedy Central character (not to mention the end of Jon Stewart’s reign as host of ‘The Daily Show,’ where I actually lied face down on my kitchen floor crying at the announcement of his final show)–I’ve felt it all. Whenever a new article on Colbert’s career came out, I’d rush to the news stands to get any taste of what would arrive on September 8.

    A reported 6.6 million viewers flocked to their TVs Tuesday night with the same anticipation–we weren’t sure what to expect. For those of us who grew up with ‘The Colbert Report,’ separating the character from the man is a bit of a struggle. Even with his teaser videos sporadically popping on the Internet this summer, you could still see hints of that self aggrandizing wack-a-doodle from Comedy Central. He took over hosting a local cable show in Michigan, interviewing Eminiem as if he had no idea the rapper was famous, and invited science superstar Neil DeGrasse Tyson to his office just to scold him about demoting Pluto from planet status.These were moments that got us ready for the new show, but still didn’t give us a clear picture of what to expect.

    Here’s that Pluto Video:

    Based on the September 8 premier of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ I’d say many aspects mirrored his previous gig. I doubt Colbert will ever be able to shake the chanting of “Stephen, Stephen” at the start of each show, but what he did shake was the self-centered behaviors of his former character. ‘The Late Show’ has given Colbert a chance to show the more genuine side of his persona–you could see it in his interview with Jeb Bush Tuesday night, where he thanked the presidential candidate over and over for coming onto the show. It wasn’t about his political views, Democrat or republican, but more about the sheer excitement to have a newsworthy, high profile politician joining him on his show.

    I’m excited to see how Colbert fares in the late night circuit. He’s only had two shows so far, so finding his flow will take some time. It’s great to see him catering to other fields besides just entertainment (this week he welcomed Jeb Bush, Elon Musk, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick), unlike his predecessors who cater to the more fun and fluffy guests. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m a fan of Fallon, who has reinvented the late night circuit in a way with his fun and quirky games, parodies of popular shows, and musical impersonations. As a late night host, you’re required to play off of your personality. That first segment is just you and the camera, and it’s so important to have fun with it. Fallon plays off his talents as a musician and friend; Meyers has embraced a ‘Weekend Update’ vibe that reflects his strengths from ‘SNL.’ It will take Colbert some time to figure out exactly what works best for him–he’s a talented performer, singer, and comedian, with a knack for political commentary, so as his show evolves, we will surely see more of that.

    But in terms of his first week, Colbert rocked it. Now we get to sit back and get to know the new Colbert every night at 11:35 p.m. EST on CBS 😉

    How Miley Cyrus Stole My Heart

    miley-cyrus-as-vma-host-2015She smokes pot. She loves peace. But don’t call her a hippie. Collaborating with The Flaming Lips front man, Wayne Coyne, Miley Cyrus is back with a very artistic (and trippy) album that you could describe more as a labor of love than a follow up to her 2013 platinum pop album, Bangerz.

    Since she surprise dropped Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz Sunday night following her hosting gig at the VMAs, I’ve found myself in this haze of Miley obsession. This album is so different, so weird, and I love it. It’s almost as if Miley melded together music from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga’s darker period, and pretty much all of the 70s together to create a refreshingly original take that is so quintessentially Miley.

    While I missed the live performance (stupid migraines) on Sunday night, I’ve realized that Miley’s over-the-top performance of her first single off the new album, “Dooo It,” was the performance I was waiting for. It was reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ performance of 2009, as like Gaga, it was a defining moment in her music career. I still get chills every time she starts bleeding.

    But Miley’s music is maturing–she’s played the game better than most of them. From Disney star, to country singer, to pop superstar, the 22-year-old has finally reached the point in her career where she can work on projects that she wants to do versus what her label tells her to do (Cyrus still holds a contract with RCA and will at some point return to her pop days). With Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, you get a glimpse into Miley’s world, her interests, and her lifestyle. It’s great to see her continuing to branch her talents out into different genres.

    Of the 23 songs on Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, it’s hit or miss. She has some pretty big misses that lyrically go nowhere, but in terms of music composition, the Lips really carry her. However, when Miley gets a hit on this album, you can tell. ‘Bang Me Box’ pulls you in almost immediately with its bass-heavy acoustics, while ‘1 Sun’ has a sick psychedelic beat that makes me want to get up and dance. ‘Dooo It’ was a solid first choice to release, and ‘The Floyd Song’ emanates Coyne’s influence so heavily that I actually returned to old Flaming Lips albums after blazing through Miley’s album a dozen times or so.

    It wasn’t until I read The New York Times‘ article on Miley that I was fully on board with her new vibe. Her whole “I don’t give a f*ck” attitude isn’t new, but it is evolving. She’s still music’s wild child, but now with a little more direction and understanding of herself. And let’s not forget to mention her emotional ballad “Pablow the Blowfish,” the only thing that makes me feel bad for eating sushi.

    Just Another Typical Thursday

    2016 Republican Candidates from Thursday, August 6 debate.

    2016 Republican Candidates from Thursday, August 6 debate.

    The world woke up today in a haze. It seems like over the past 12 hours, we’ve experienced this emotional roller coaster–our night was chock filled with ups and owns as we watched America’s top 10 contenders debate over who will be Hillary’s runner up the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election, and swiftly changed over to Comedy Central to bid farewell to our beloved Jon Stewart.

    Let’ start with the debate, and oh what a debate it was! Trump vs. Bush, Christie vs. Paul, FOX vs. Trump, the verbal punches were coming from every angle. But what did we get out of the debate? Here’s my take away:

    – The Republicans are STILL bitter about New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie, hugging Obama. Answering a question on NSA spying, Christie cited his experience with the Patriot Act post-9/11 as to why these surveillances can aid against future attacks. Senator Rand Paul, who has criticized this overall program, calling it a violation of the Fourth Amendment, was quick to jump in to defend himself, turning the conversation into one of the more entertaining back and forths of the night, ending ultimately with Paul delivering a mic drop to Christie: “I don’t trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead.”

    – Social Issues, specifically Women’s Health and trending topic #BlackLivesMatter, were not worth the candidates’ time. These topics weren’t addressed until the final 20 minutes of the debate, and we barely touched the surface. Maybe those conversations are set aside for a later date, but with the recent (like 48 hours earlier) blocking of the Republican’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, you would think that this would be the time to talk about it. They did address abortions though, which is always what I love to see–ten white men trying to tell me what’s best for my body. Deep sigh.

    – Ted Cruz is terrifying. Most of his actual debate was read right off of a cue card, but it was his closing statements that really stuck with me. In short, he’d reverse everything that the Obama administration achieved. He’d  take his own religious beliefs to the table, go to war with Planned Parenthood, and rescind the Iran deal he so avidly opposes. Of course, after the bell told him to shut up, he had to throw in that his father fled from Cuba. Just FYI.

    – Ohio Governor John Kasich actually did well. One of the lesser-known candidates in the pool, he was thrown a question about same sex marriage, and how he would address the issue to his children. Ask this to any of the other guys there, and they’d throw in statements about how homosexuality is against the Bible, and blah blah blah, but Kasich was very poignant. His general acceptance of same sex marriage might give him a boost over the other candidates down the line. Maybe?

    – Scott Walker and Marco Rubio debate well. You forget that some of these clowns can actually make a point without jumping down each other’s throats.

    – Jeb Bush and Donald Trump go head to head. Over the past few weeks, Bush, who was as surprised as many of us about Trump throwing his name into the hat, has called Trump a “Buffoon” and an “Asshole,” but denied such allegations when confronted during the debate. The best moment to me was when Trump addressed Bush’s statements, causing Bush to step back for a moment just to smile.

    Bush Thoughts:

    Bush Thoughts: “Why wasn’t I invited to his wedding?!”

    – FOX News doesn’t even want Trump to be President. For the other nine candidates, the focus was on the issues, but each time it was Trump’s turn to speak, FOX superstar Megyn Kelly (I think she won the debate) threw facts on top of the questions to show viewers just how awful Trump is. In the first three minutes, she pointed out his misogynistic tendencies–“You’ve called women fat pigs, dogs, slobs, disgusting animals,” she said to Trump. His response: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” THAT was by far the worst comment of the night. It had nothing to do with the election, nothing to do with the issues. It was Trump, once again putting himself front and center and showing the world that yes, he is in fact a horrible person. If elected, he’d guarantee to make his own personal problems his main concern, starting with insulting the women he dislikes. Is that really what we want? Absolutely not. (Side note: Rosie, you did not deserve that low blow. Keep your head up, the majority knows that that statement was rude, crude, and absolutely wrong.).

    Relationship Goals.

    Relationship Goals.

    Luckily, after two hours of watching Cleveland burn, we were granted with part two of evening–the finale of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I don’t have much to say as of yet, but it was the high note I needed to wash the taste of GOP morons out of my mouth before bed. My thoughts:

    – It was all about the crew. I loved that Jon, who for the last 16 years has been the face of The Daily Show, made his last night about the people who helped make the show great. Really heartwarming, and made me want to quit my job and stand outside of the studio with my resume.

    – Stephen Colbert. In typical Colbert fashion, his entire speech was touching, with a dash of hilarity. The whole Lord of the Rings analogy had nerds like me cry consecutive happy/sad tears, but after his bit about Frodo (Jon) leading the way, he said what we all needed to say: Thank you, Jon. Colbert wouldn’t have his job without Jon Stewart. Steve Carrell, John Oliver, so many great comedians went on to amazing things because The Daily Show gave them a chance. (Sorry, I need to wipe my eyes again).

    – Jon Stewart changed the news. Yes, The Daily Show was meant to be satire, but it turned into a reliable and entertaining phenomenon, which, through the years of jokes, gave us insight into the truth. And it gave us a personality that made us come back night after night. So thank you, Jon Stewart, for 16 glorious years. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

    BONUS ROUND: In case you missed it, my girl Kimmy K. gave us a gift last night. This glorious selfie that says ‘Yes, I support Hillary.”

    Kim breaks the Internet, again. (Hi Kanye!)

    Kim breaks the Internet, again. (Hi Kanye!)