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Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Avatar Damon says:

    Yes he will. I enjoyed his show when I watched it. I always thought his interviews of figures of note were miles ahead of the rest of the domestic “media”. I’d prefer my media to be overtly hostile and aggressive to most politicians, but that’s not how it’s done here in the states. You either suck up or do what John did. Kudos.Report

  2. Avatar North says:

    First Sully now this. I’m gonna turn to drink.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      Way ahead of you!

      What are we talking about?Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq says:

      All eras must come to an end eventually. We usually just hope not to be around to see it.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        I went out dancing with some old friends on Saturday. I was ready to leave before everyone else (I’m one of the oldest of these old friends, plus I’ve been to this club/night before, so it wasn’t as novel for me) but the DJ kept playing tracks that at least one person in our party liked, so we’d stay, then someone else liked the next one, and so on.

        I put my foot down when it looked like if we weren’t careful, we’d be there at closing time.

        You never want to be there when the lights come on. Those people don’t look like you thought they did anymore – and neither do you.Report

      • Avatar North says:

        True Lee. I don’t know how I expected some old queen twenty some years my senior to outlast me but for some reason I did.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        In the partner dance community, we usually dance with the lights at least somewhat on. It save from disllusionment.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw says:

        Also it saves from injury!Report

  3. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Is it a sign of age that it feels like John Stewart took over the Daily Show just yesterday? I can still remember 5 questions and Craig Kilborne.Report

  4. Avatar Glyph says:

    He broke Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, John Oliver, and Aasif Mandvi into the big-time. Larry Wilmore is on his way now.

    And smaller launches for Corddry, Riggle and others. TDS probably helped promote more comedians from the minors up to the big(ger) leagues than SNL over the same period.

    I think it was time (maybe past time) for Stewart to hang it up; I’d fallen out of regular TDS viewing for a while; it felt tired to me, and I thought Colbert’s show handily eclipsed it (and even Colbert knew to hang his show up before Jon did).

    But that doesn’t diminish what TDS was or accomplished with Stewart at the helm.Report

  5. Avatar Kimmi says:

    *sigh* I foresee more improvisational comedy in my future.
    Granted, it’s GOOD improv comedy, but still…

    “I just got fired from a TV Show, and it’s the nicest thing anyone’s done for me.”Report

  6. I probably have the same reaction to John Stewart as others here have toward Megan McArdle. That said, Stewart served a real purpose.Report

  7. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Well, you know, I remember back when we thought that Craig Kilbourne would be a hard act to follow…

    Nah, just kidding. Nobody ever thought that!

    I will say that when I saw the title to this post my first thought was “Ah crap, who’s quitting the site now?!”Report

  8. Avatar El Muneco says:

    Seeing as I am who I am, I have to say it – It’s a pet peeve that I have on record for close to a decade… I don’t know if Burt was being meta or was spell-corrected, or what, but…

    It’s “coup de grace”. “Gras” is the same word from “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday”. “Coup de Gras”, or “cut of fat” is something from Alton Brown’s playbook. The merciful dispatching of an honorable enemy has an “s” sound at the end.

    Thanks for indulging me. I”m OCD and had to vent…Report

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