Before I get to that though, remember, Comedy Central at the time, was basically a channel scouring the globe for any kind of comedic content at the time, I remember seeing old Abbott & Costello movies on the channel, old sitcoms like “Soap” and “The Odd Couple,” and seeing things like “Kids in the Hall” and the original British “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” It was the channel that aired “Absolutely Fabulous” and practically any stand-up comedy they could find. I wouldn't be shocked if I can quote every single “Gallagher” stand-up special, they used to re-air them on the weekends. Every weekend. It’s hard to explain this adequately, but Comedy Central wasn’t a network that you took seriously. Even among cable channels, it just kinda existed. Nobody thought anything would come of “The Daily Show”, it wasn’t on a major network, it didn’t look or seem like a real talk show, the market was already oversaturated and frankly, most everybody was still kinda waiting to see whether Leno or Letterman would ever win out eventually over the other.
Huh. I started this piece on Jon Stewart talking about Johnny Carson and ended it talking about Edward R. Murrow.