“It’s ei­ther a gift from Je­sus or a gift from Satan. We’re try­ing to fig­ure out who it’s from”

The Daily Show alum dis­cusses her show, Full Frontal, and the good for­tune of its birth dur­ing this pres­i­den­tial elec­tion

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Isn’t this a re­ally good year to be in po­lit­i­cal com­edy?

It’s ei­ther a gift from Je­sus or a gift from Satan. We’re try­ing to fig­ure out who it’s from. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing. You could not have asked for … When we were pitch­ing this show to TBS, and you have all your doc­u­ments there about what you want the show to look like, we could never have an­tic­i­pated that the field would be what it is. That it has honed down to [Hil­lary Clin­ton, Bernie San­ders, and Don­ald Trump]. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing. I’m re­ally ex­cited to see what hap­pens.

You’ve al­ready been re­newed, haven’t you? Con­grat­u­la­tions. Have you even set­tled into a rou­tine?

Thank you so much. Wed­nes­day is the day when we start to dig into sto­ries a lit­tle more deeply. I al­ready know what the field el­e­ment will be like by Mon­day. We actually met with [Lib­er­tar­ian pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee] Gary John­son this week. We did a whole in­ter­view. I hope we’re not giv­ing any­thing away. The tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter.

So you just want to do more of what you do?

We’ll even­tu­ally work our way through this pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, and then next year we’ll have a pres­i­dent in place we know we’ll have for four years. … Ei­ther the first [woman or first] what­ever. … So I think it will evolve nat­u­rally. We don’t re­ally have an agenda for our­selves. Cer­tainly we en­joy what we’re do­ing. We’re so new at it, re­ally. I think we’d like to en­joy it a lit­tle while.

Does every­one who was on The Daily Show now as­sume they’ll get their own time slot some­day?

So many have, and they’re great at it. But I don’t think every­one thinks that. I love Jon [Ste­wart]. To­ward the end, it was re­ally a grind. You could feel the weight of all those years. It’s not like you would think, “Oh, it’s pure glory.” He was very much into the nuts and bolts of the show, and for good rea­son. And he was nur­tur­ing. He al­ways en­cour­aged me to dig deeper into my own point of view, and that was im­por­tant.

One thing that makes Full Frontal dif­fer­ent is all the field pieces you do.

Do­ing the show once a week gives me that free­dom. I do love to go out in the world. I did that for Jon. I’m do­ing it dif­fer­ently for my­self. It was an in­cred­i­ble train­ing ground. My take­away from that is that I don’t re­ally need to strictly ad­here to a for­mat. There was a pretty rou­tine for­mat to those sto­ries that we all came to know re­ally well. But we don’t have to do that now. I don’t have to pre­tend that I’m a reporter any­more.

Tell me about switch­ing to weekly— and go­ing to air on Mon­days.

What we have to do is sit back from the daily news. It’s more of an analysis of the week that’s passed and what we think is com­ing in the fu­ture. It’s actually free­ing. We had noth­ing to do with the sched­ul­ing of the show, so when we learned that we were sched­uled for Mon­days, we thought, “Oh, this is a tragedy. How can you do a show at the be­gin­ning of the week? Noth­ing’s hap­pened yet!” But it gives you the free­dom to sit back, watch the pat­terns, watch the sto­ries that are emerg­ing in a more long-term way. What we thought was a huge hand­i­cap is actually an as­set.

You’re Canadian. Maybe you can ex­plain the con­nec­tion be­tween Canada and all those co­me­di­ans.

Oh yeah, a lot of great co­me­di­ans have come out of Canada. There are great co­me­di­ans still in Canada. They just don’t have a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to shine. Or to come here. So there are un­told riches, you know— since I de­cided not to be­come an at­tor­ney, which I think we’re all grate­ful for.

“Oh, this is a tragedy. How can you do a show at the be­gin­ning of the week? Noth­ing’s hap­pened yet!”

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