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A New Exhibit Opens at the Newseum and it's 'Seriously Funny'

A new exhibit is set to open at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. this week, and it's seriously funny.  No, really.  #SeriouslyFunny is trending on Twitter in anticipation of the Seriously Funny: From The Desk of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" exhibit opening on June 21st.  


According to the Newseum's press release,  the exhibit will explore the impact Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" had on American politics and the press through four presidential campaigns, two wars, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.


The exhibit will highlight many memorable pieces from The Daily Show's set, including Jon Stewart's famous desk.  The desk was donated to the Newseum when Stewart's tenure on the show ended in 2015. 


"Seriously Funny" will also explore the first amendment protections of free speech in comedy.  Many other political satirists got exposure on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", including John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Trevor Noah - all of whom now have their own television shows.  


“Jon Stewart challenged politicians, as well as the press, to do a better job of serving the public,” said Patty Rhule, vice president of exhibit development and content at the Newseum. “He used the tools of TV news to explore serious topics in humorous ways and inspired his fans to be savvier consumers of news. We are thrilled to explore his impact, along with that of Trevor Noah, the South African comedian who has brought a global perspective to the show.”




The exhibit will run through Dec. 31st, 2019, when, as we've previously reported, the Newseum's current location will close.  Read more about the Newseum's closing here.  


Many of our school groups choose to add the Newseum to their Washington, D.C. itineraries.  Be sure to also check out our licensed tour guide's personal tips for visiting the museum in our SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The Newseum post. 



(Top Photo Courtesy Comedy Central/“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)


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