Thursday, January 3, 2008

Daily Show Crossing Picket Line?

No real surprise that Leno, Letterman and Conan are back on the air despite a strike by the Writers Guild of America. But starting January 7, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will be back on Comedy Central after a two month hiatus. Really? What do their writers think of that? And what about their left-leaning audience?

Back in November when the strike first started, Daily Show writer Jason Rothman appeared on YouTube with a rather unfunny bit explaining that the writers were demanding compensation for digital use of their work. The piece took aim at Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, who was suing YouTube to the tune of $1 billion for unauthorized use of clips, while at the same time attempting to claim that digital work is valueless.

But anyhow, strikes are fun! Look, Tenacious D will play for you.

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