Seeing Jon Stewart back on TV, let alone “The Daily Show,” is a something to celebrate, but the 124-day-retired host of the Comedy Central comedy/news program wouldn’t make his return just for any old reason. Stewart made his way back to the show he helped build into a political powerhouse because of an issue being overlooked by too many media outlets: a bill rejected in Congress to provide health care for 9/11 first responders suffering from life-threatening complications because of their service.
Stewart, dressed in all gray to match his beard, sat down across from new host Trevor Noah, outlining the problem before introducing a video he made of a recent trip to Washington D.C. Saying he’s got plenty of time now that he’s “unemployed,” Stewart tried to shame a few members of Congress into supporting the bill on the grounds of being a morally sound human being.
“The only conclusion I can draw is that the people of Congress are not as good of people as the people who are first responders,” Stewart said to Noah in the studio. His efforts didn’t go completely unrewarded, but perhaps what’s most interesting about the video is that it could serve as a sample or preview of what Stewart has in store for viewers with his upcoming HBO series. Described as “topical short-form digital content,” Stewart will produce a number of videos for HBO NOW; so many, in fact, the service will be updating multiple times a day, to make for a quick turnaround between Stewart’s reporting and its availability to consumers.
No timetable was given for when the shorts would start rolling out (other than sometime in 2016), but it seems Stewart is getting into the groove already. Watch the video above and tell us in the comments if it’s something you want to see more of and might even make it worth your money, to pay for HBO NOW.