Newsweek takes a closer look at the growing trend of Daily Show regulars spinning off their success to greater careers in the business. Is the Daily Show replacing Saturday Night Live as the go-to talent pool for new comedy actors? Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Comedy Central president Doug Herzog refers to the hourlong nightly block as “The Daily Show network,” and his mini-network is starting to gain the upper hand in the talent race over actual network behemoths like “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Show With David Letterman.” “In many ways, we’re just getting started. ‘SNL’ has been on the air for 30 years,” Herzog says diplomatically. “And one of [‘SNL’ creator] Lorne Michaels’s great talents is replenishing the staff. That’s a real challenge for Jon.” So far, so good. When Carell departed for NBC’s “The Office” and Colbert got his own show, “The Daily Show” promoted ace correspondents Rob Corddry (who specializes in Boston Masshole combativeness), Ed Helms (the overconfident moron) and Samantha Bee (the shameless Fox News-y gotcha girl).
The sharks are already circling. Corddry guest-starred last year on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Arrested Development.” With network pilot season just around the corner, [executive producer Ben] Karlin says the next defection could happen any day. But that’s OK with him. “We don’t want people here who think, ‘Oh, my God, I never want to leave, I’ve hit the jackpot’,” he says. “We want a backstabbing, ‘All About Eve’ mentality, and to establish that you’ve got to bring in hyperambitious people with no souls, a la Rob Corddry.” But seriously, folks. “We don’t have illusions about this show being a final stop for anyone,” Karlin says. “This is a training ground.”