TIME Music

Is This New Winter Olympics Song a ‘Let It Go’ Rip-Off?

An official song of the Winter Olympics gets a chilly reception online

Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, but now it’s involved in a controversy of Disney princess-sized proportions.

“The Snow and Ice Dance,” one of 10 official theme songs for the games unveiled earlier this year, sounds a lot like the song “Let It Go,” the hit song from Disney’s 2013 animated musical Frozen, the New York Times reports.

According to one Chinese magazine’s website, both ballads begin with an eight-beat piano intro, have very similar tempos and use the same chords in some parts. Multiple comments on the song’s YouTube page have also pointed out the comparison.

When reached for comment by the Times, a spokesperson for the city’s Olympic organizing committee said she did not have the authority to comment and asked that questions be submitted through fax, though answers were not returned.

Maybe Beijing could use some of Elsa’s magic—northern China’s dry winters mean most of the snow and ice will need to be artificially created for the games.

[NYT]

TIME Television

John Oliver Says Jon Stewart Should Be Crowned ‘King of New Jersey’

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Eric Liebowitz—HBO/Courtesy Everett Collection

"It would be him and Springsteen duking it out, War of the Roses style"

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver has a few ideas about his mentor Jon Stewart’s future after his final episode of The Daily Show on Thursday.

“I want to see him become the official King of New Jersey,” Oliver tells Entertainment Weekly. “I think New Jersey would probably move to a monarchy–it would be him and Springsteen duking it out, War of the Roses style.”

In all seriousness, Oliver would like to see his former boss take a breather—or at least take on some low-pressure projects. “I would like to see him probably rest for a second. Probably… standup?” Oliver says. “That’s something he can go back to.”

Read EW’s full interview with Oliver here.

Read next: John Oliver: ‘Thank F–k There Weren’t Camera Phones’ When I Started Out

TIME Crime

U.S. Police Chiefs Meet to Address Rising Homicide Rates

Some cities have seen the number of murders so far in 2015 increase by more than 50 percent over last year

Police chiefs from around the U.S. met in Washington, D.C., on Monday to discuss the nation’s spike in homicides.

“The goal of the summit is to identify potential gaps and propose solutions that will help us stop this escalating violence,” Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who organized this meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, said in a statement.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier
Win McNamee—Getty ImagesChief of the Metropolitan Police Department Cathy Lanier speaks at a press conference at police headquarters in Washington, DC., May 21, 2015

Some cities, including Baltimore, Houston, and Milwaukee, have seen the number of murders on record in 2015 rise by at least 50% over the past year, Fox reports. Gun violence is so rampant in Milwaukee, police say, that an estimated 80% of gun shots recorded by police sensors do not result in a 911 call. Chicago has also seen 243 homicides in 2015, a 20% increase from last year.

“In the major cities, of course, you have a lot of issues with drugs and gangs and violence,” Richard Beary, the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, told Fox. “And then throw in the mental health, and throw in the availability of guns, and here we are.”

 

TIME Crime

Amy Schumer Calls for Action on Gun Control After Trainwreck Shooting

"Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns"

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer joined her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, on Monday to make an emotional call for more intensive background checks and increased government funding for mental health care to combat mass shootings.

“Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns,” the Trainwreck star said, several days after a gunman—whose name she refused to say—killed two people and injured nine others when he opened fire during a screening of the romantic comedy.

“We need a background check system without holes and fatal flaws,” she said. “We need one with accurate information that protects us like a firewall. The critics scoff and say, ‘Well, there’s no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,’ but they’re wrong. There is a way to stop them. Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible. We have common-sense solutions. We can toughen background checks and stop the sale of firearms to folks who have a violent history or history of mental illness.”

The Democratic senator for New York laid out proposals to incentivize states to share information on felons, domestic abusers and dangerously mentally ill, to increase funding for mental illness treatment, and to standardize involuntary commitment for the mentally ill across all 50 states.

 

 

TIME Music

The Justin Timberlake Guide to Zayn Malik’s Post-One Direction Solo Career

Zayn Malik
Joel Ryan—Invision/AP Zayn Malik poses for photographers upon arrival at The Asian Awards in central London, April 17, 2015.

How the former One Direction member could survive the jump from boy band to solo star

So much for wanting to be a normal 22-year-old. Zayn Malik, who quit One Direction in March of this year so he could “relax and have some private time,” is now getting ready to launch a solo career of his own after revealing on Wednesday that he had signed a deal with RCA Records. “I guess I never explained why I left,” Malik wrote in his Twitter announcement, “it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am!”

But when you’re formerly one fifth of one of the most popular bands in the world, getting a record deal is probably the easy part. Becoming a solo star in your own right is the real challenge—and how many boy-bands of the 1990s have produced a star who’s still relevant and successful today? Justin Timberlake is in a league of his own: he kissed his NSYNC days goodbye, survived a scandal like the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, started an acting career and returned to music after a seven-year break with the biggest first-week sales of his solo career. Malik may want to show the world the “real me,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to glean from Timberlake’s career path. Here are a few lessons Malik could learn:

Find your own sound. Though NSYNC’s last studio album was more in tune with R&B and hip-hop than it is remembered for—the same album that produced “Pop” also spawned a Nelly duet—Timberlake defined himself in opposition to his former band by working with Timbaland and the Neptunes on Justified. The choice wasn’t the biggest risk in the music world, as those producers had notable track records with rap and R&B artists prior to hitting the studio with Timberlake. But the Pharrell we knew then wasn’t the Pharrell we know today—the Neptunes were only just starting to infiltrate pop with Britney Spears and No Doubt credits—and Timbaland hadn’t yet re-invented himself as a pop producer with Nelly Furtado’s Loose and Timberlake’s sophomore effort FutureSex/LoveSounds. For Malik, setting himself apart will be a little easier, as his self-professed love of R&B and hip hop pre-One Direction contrasts the band’s recent move toward the rock sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Take advantage of your new home. When pop fans fondly recall Justified, they probably aren’t doing so because of guest appearances from Janet Jackson, Clipse and Bubba Sparxxx. Yet Timberlake’s diverse slew of collaborators garnered interest from listeners who might have otherwise dismissed his solo efforts as more of the same. Malik, too, could also better articulate his identity as a solo artist by recruiting a few names, and any number of his new labelmates could widen his appeal as collaborators, or at least serve as inspiration. Usher kicked off his RCA career with the Diplo-produced “Climax,” one of the singer’s best songs in years. Tinashe’s mix of edgy beats (like last year’s DJ Mustard hit “2 On”) and mainstream pop ambitions (she’s been in the studio with Max Martin and Dr. Luke) earned her an opening slot on Nicki Minaj’s current tour and gave Nick Jonas some post-boy-band cred. Miguel’s smoky guitar fuzz, though more left-field than fans would expect from an teen idol, has made Wild Heart one of the year’s best albums so far. Or why not learn from the master? Timberlake himself is now one of Malik’s labelmates after releasing The 20/20 Experience with RCA in 2013.

Malik’s already aware of the possibilities. On Twitter after news of the deal broke, he retweeted one fan who wrote, “Zayn got signed to the same record label as Chris Brown, G-Eazy, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Prince Royse and Alisha Keys JUST IMAGINE.”

Get personal. As One Direction got more involved in the songwriting process for their albums, their music also got better. Malik wasn’t driving that change as much as his bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne were, at least in terms of the number of credits, but that doesn’t mean he won’t start now. Timberlake had a hand in writing every song on his debut solo album, a big step up from his NSYNC days, and he’s continued that hands-on approach on every subsequent release. Judging by Malik’s promise to show fans the “real” Malik, he already seems willing to put in the work.

Strike while the iron is hot. Timberlake made his solo debut at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards—just a year after he finished touring with NSYNC in support of their third and final album, Celebrity. With his former One Direction bandmates saying the group’s upcoming fifth album is almost complete, Malik probably won’t beat them to the punch with an LP of his own. Yet Timberlake’s speedy transition from NSYNC member to solo star gave him a leg up over JC Chasez, whose talent equals Timberlake’s—even Timberlake has said Chasez was the better vocalist—but whose solo efforts floundered in Timberlake’s shadow. Comparisons to One Direction will be inevitable once Malik is ready to unveil new music, but the longer he waits, the more they’ll matter.

 

TIME Television

Janeane Garofalo on Wet Hot American Summer’s Cult Status and Quitting the Internet

Janeane Garofalo in Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp
Saeed Adyani—Netflix Janeane Garofalo returns to Camp Firewood in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

The actress and comedian talks with TIME about the Netflix prequel series

Janeane Garofalo doesn’t know when she’ll watch all of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode prequel to the 2001 cult film she starred in, which begins streaming on Netflix this Friday. That’s because she doesn’t use the Internet anymore, so she can’t just fire up the series on a laptop. She doesn’t have an email address or an iPhone either. In fact, to schedule our interview, she gives me a call to ask what my schedule looks like so she can be available on her preferred landline—a far cry from the typical, celebrity interviews that come together over days of emailing with publicists haggling over time slots.

Streaming services and smartphone technology aren’t the only things that have changed since Wet Hot American Summer premiered 14 years ago, but the former Air America host and one-time Saturday Night Live cast member is unfazed by all of it. The film’s intense cult following? Garofalo already predicted that back when she was making the movie. The A-list rise of her co-stars Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler? Well deserved, she says, but hardly surprising. And what about the political correctness debate happening in comedy right now? Nothing she hasn’t heard before as a veteran stand-up comedian.

Garofalo spoke with TIME about capturing the magic of the original Wet Hot American Summer, her views on Donald Trump and why Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion has a big gay following.

TIME: Will you binge-watch the entire series when it comes out on Netflix?

Janeane Garofalo: We don’t have it yet! I’ll be in Jackson, Mississippi, working on something. Unless the hotel has Netflix.

Do you have a laptop?

I don’t use a computer, nor do I have a smartphone. I know you don’t believe that. Many people can’t believe it. People will believe in a deity, extraterrestrial ghosts, but this one thing they can’t believe. I’m a bit of a neo-luddite.

Isn’t that the cool thing to do now? You’re ahead of the game.

It’s not noble. The downside is it definitely affects ticket sales for stand-up comedy because social media platforms are vital to a lot of comics on the road. But I’m absolutely willing to sacrifice seats because there are so many negative things. What happened with Air America with so many right-wing trolls and death threats, it emotionally affected me. That stuff doesn’t roll right off me the way it does for some people, and there’s such a culture of cruelty with it that I just couldn’t handle it. Now there are so many upsides to it—I understand that it’s the great democratic medium. But I also like to get books and magazines and the paper, and I like to watch MSNBC and BBC News. I like it the old-fashioned way. My boyfriend uses a computer, and if I absolutely need to he can pass along information to me.

That’s good! You’re probably better off this way.

I don’t miss much. I never know what people are talking about with viral videos. When somebody asks, “Did you see so-and-so’s face, have they had work done?” I don’t know what they’re referring to, and I’m happy to not be a part of pop culture nonsense. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way—I just don’t have an interest in knowing “Did they have work done?” or “Did you see that slutty video of the cat doing the thing?”

I was just talking with Hannibal Buress about animated GIFS and how people discover new comedy through platforms like Tumblr.

It’s really important! There are so many comics whose work is built upon the new technology. They can sell out good-sized spaces purely through that, and I understand that. But then you could go down a rabbit hole and waste so much time look at stuff, which I think lots of people do at work. They pretend to look busy. Also, people just never get off the phone. You will never be invited anywhere again if people can’t email you, which can be an upside if you never wanted to go to brunch in the first place.

Yeah, that sounds like it has its perks.

Sometimes I’ll hear about stuff if I run into somebody, but it’s as if people no longer can pick up a phone. I can text, but also I’m really happy not to attend your kid’s fifth birthday party in Park Slope—no offense to anyone and their kid’s birthday parties. But enough about that nonsense.

So when did you realize Wet Hot American Summer had become a cult classic?

Here’s the thing: I predicted it was going be a cult classic when we were making it, and I couldn’t believe it when no one saw it at the time. I was just like, Wow, we had such a great time making it! At Sundance there was a bidding war over a movie called Super Troopers by [comedy group] Broken Lizard, which eclipsed us. People thought, “Oh, this is the same type of thing. The State [an MTV sketch show that featured many Wet Hot actors] people have put out a movie, and here’s Broken Lizard—let’s go with Broken Lizard.” Then years went by, and I started noticing that much younger people at the street level and at stand-up shows would come up to me quoting lines from it. It just built and built and built from there. I started noticing that around seven years ago.

Is that the role people approach you about the most? I personally associate you most with Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.

That actually is a biggie. And that happened late—much later, with younger people and especially in the LGBT community. I don’t want to make a sweeping generalization, but it seems that the number of people who are gay who have mentioned it far outnumbers the hetero community. Does that sound okay to say that?

Totally. That movie was always on TV when I was growing up, but I see it: the fantasy of wowing everybody at your reunion after feeling like an outsider for so long probably resonates with a lot of young queer people.

Right, and there’s a camp quality to the comedy of it. That was another one I thought was going to be much bigger when it was released and then has grown. You could say that with a lot of movies, now that people can see things multiple times. When I was growing up, you saw the movie the one time when it was in the theater. Now you can see things 850 million times anytime you want, and new generations are seeing them. That’s really nice. I’m always happy when people like certain things that I like.

Would this prequel series not have been made if it weren’t for the opportunities of streaming outlets like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon?

Presumably! I’m assuming that’s the case because with new avenues there needs to be content on these avenues. More importantly, it wouldn’t have happened if the popularity of the movie itself hadn’t grown. I don’t think Netflix would be like, “Let’s show this thing that was not seen by that many people!” But they had the unbelievable good fortune of Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd becoming enormously successful.

What’s that like for you, watching Bradley Cooper become the Bradley Cooper we know today? Or seeing Paul Rudd become a Marvel superhero?

Well, I thought Paul Rudd was really famous, to tell you the truth, because I was familiar with Paul Rudd in lots of stuff prior to that. We had done a movie called 200 Cigarettes before, but also from Clueless, so I was under the impression that Paul Rudd was already a huge star. Then he became even huger! But the careers that Elizabeth and Bradley and Amy have, like, .55 percent of the SAG-AFTRA union gets to enjoy. And to have that many in one movie! I think it’s thrilling. It couldn’t have happened to nicer and more deserving people. Bradley is a fantastic guy and an extremely talented guy and works really hard, as does Amy. Their work ethics are ridiculous.

Streaming outlets have gotten praise for showing the kinds of characters and stories viewers wouldn’t otherwise see on TV. As someone who’s talked about the limited opportunities available for an actress at your age, are you starting to feel the impact of that?

I hope. With new avenues of course there are going to come new roles. The thing is, though, you’ve got to be lucky enough to have access to even those. There’s still this insatiable hunger for using “names.” There’s still a little bit of the double standard, female-versus-male: “We would prefer the women were younger and better looking.” Men have more latitude. I would say it’s still harder for people of color and people in the LGBTQ community. I think that’s a real tough one to break.

Have you seen Amy Schumer’s “Last F-ckable Day” sketch with Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and—

Yes, yes, and Patty Arquette? You know what’s so funny about that? I feel the same way idol-wise. When I saw them sitting at the table, I was like, “Oh my God!” Patricia Arquette has been one of my idols for years. She’s younger than me. Not only is she adorable, she’s such an interesting, emotional, intuitive actor. When Amy walked through the woods and saw those three there I was like, “Oh, I feel the same way!” To come upon that in the woods, I would have the same wonder and delight that Amy Schumer did. But to me the Amy Schumer thing that I think was amazing was the Twelve Angry Men remake. It’s so good, so well done and so funny.

You’ve said that you were drunk 90 percent of the time while filming the first movie and that there was a lot of bed-hopping among the cast. What was the vibe like this time around? I know you quit drinking a while ago.

It was the opposite of that! First of all, everybody’s much older. Almost everybody else—I don’t—had children. They lived in L.A. while we were shooting, whereas last time we were in Pennsylvania and stayed at the site in the camp the entire time. So you had a bunch of younger people who were not with child and still drinking heavily and having the time of their lives. This time, even though it was very fun, you had people who were sober, commuting to work, with families and not bed-hopping. Now, whatever the younger cast was doing I have no idea. They are a bit too young to probably be partaking in anything, and their parents were there. This was very professional. Very enjoyable, but completely different.

How did you capture the spirit of making the original then?

Well, we all know each other, and we all enjoy working with each other. So that was totally fine. I was there the whole time because my part is sprinkled throughout and I don’t need to fly back and forth. I don’t have a family here [in New York], so I’m like, “Just put me at a hotel, and I’m fine!” Every once in a while some of the other New York people would be there, and we would go to Gelson’s. That was our big night: we’d go to Gelson’s, or sometimes people would sit outside and watch me smoke cigarettes in the parking lot, and that was great. I love that kind of stuff when you’re at the same hotel at night, but it was just as enjoyable during the day being at Calamigos Ranch.

And it was great meeting the new cast that came: Jon Hamm I had met before, but Weird Al Yankovic, Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles—all those people brought in a new fun thing. It was just constantly enjoyable. And Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman were great and funny, so I felt like it was different but no less enjoyable. I was also not drunk and hungover a lot of the time—actually, I was so happy, I didn’t get hungover that bad back then. When I got older, that’s when it got me.

Does making something for Netflix feel any different on set?

To me it felt like the same thing. It’s still shooting. The difference is [writers] Michael [Showalter] and David [Wain] have directed a million things since their first thing, the original movie. You had them trying to make a movie when they had not done that before, and now they’ve directed a whole bunch of things, so there was an ease to that this time. They also had a machine behind them and an infrastructure that did not exist for them last time, so it was probably much less stressful for them. And it didn’t rain every single day like it did last time.

Oh really?

Yeah, I think it rained 20 days out of the 22 day shoot of Wet Hot. It was just a mud bath. It wouldn’t rain all day every day but it would rain at some point every single day. As you know in California with the drought, that was not the case.

As someone who is known for her politics as well as her comedy, do you think that the 2016 election is going to supply comedians with good material?

I think [for] all comedians who discuss politics and culture in that way, there’s always something to discuss. The problem is when it becomes too tragic, when certain right-wing nonsense is actually culturally criminal: the anti-immigrant stuff, the Donald Trump nonsense. Yes, we can laugh at Donald Trump, but it is just absurd. First of all, you can’t parody it. You cannot parody Donald Trump. Or Michele Bachmann, or the nonsense a lot of the Tea Partiers say, or Lindsey Graham or Mitch McConnell. Or any of Fox News—their deliberate misinformation campaign and their pandering to the base by being racist, anti-immigrant, misogynistic. None of that stuff is funny to me. It hurts me, and it should be something everyone is concerned about. When prideful ignorance and homophobia and misogyny and xenophobia become accepted politic rhetoric, that’s not funny to me.

The Huffington Post recently announced that it’s putting Donald Trump coverage in the entertainment section instead of the politics section.

I can’t speak for everybody, but I find some of these things just tragic and painful to absorb and not helpful to us as a society. Those that are ignorant, racist, misogynistic, homophobic—it empowers them when they have figureheads to rally around, when the mainstream media treats it like it’s actually news. People like Donald Trump should be either ignored, or put purely in entertainment and satire coverage, as opposed to legitimate news coverage. That’s my opinion. Because it really does prevent us as a society from evolving and becoming more enlightened when these things are just put out there like it’s a side or an issue. It’s painful to me, and hard for me to laugh at it.

What do you think about the political correctness debate that’s been happening in comedy right now?

Oh, that’s always going on. That’s not new. Actually I call political correctness “manners.” If someone wishes to be referred to as African-American or Latina or transgender or whatever it is, that is respectful. That’s not the “P.C. Police” or “fascist.” That’s called manners. It’s called emotional intelligence. And also, if something is funny, it’s funny. And if a smart person, an enlightened person is doing comedy which has elements that point out racism, misogyny, all that stuff—that’s fine. If it’s a dumb-ass doing it, where you don’t see the ridiculousness of it or the irony of it, there’s no value to it. I don’t know if I’m articulating this correctly.

I get what you’re saying—punching up, doing it with a purpose.

Yeah, yeah. It’s not wrong to respect people’s wishes to not be marginalized, mocked, stereotyped as we move on and on into the new millennium. I feel that’s correct to respect these things.

TIME Crime

911 Dispatcher Tells Friend of Dying Teen: ‘Deal With It Yourself’

He resigned Tuesday

A 911 dispatcher has resigned after telling a teenage caller aiding a dying friend to “deal with it yourself.”

Esperanza Quintero called the emergency number after her friend Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, was shot a party in Albuquerque, N.M., the Washington Post reports. But after she swore at dispatcher Matthew Sanchez in a moment of frustration, Sanchez hung up on her and told her she was on her own, though an emergency team had already been dispatched to Quintero’s location by then.

That handsome face was a hard working and loving guy , who loved to live every moment to the fullest with family and friends ♥️

A photo posted by Remember Jaydon Chavez-Silver (@remember.jaydon) on

Sanchez was a 10-year veteran of the fire department and had worked as a dispatcher for over three years at the time of the June 26 incident. He was on administrative leave before resigning Tuesday. Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey says an investigation into the phone call, part of which can be heard below, is underway.

Chavez-Silver, whose killer is still unknown, died at a hospital later. Quintero, who isn’t sure if her friend would have survived had Sanchez stayed on the line, has since apologized to Sanchez for getting upset but wishes he had done more to assist her.

[Washington Post]

TIME Music

Drake Talks About Nicki Minaj In Another Meek Mill Diss Track

"Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour? … This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more"

When it comes to Drake’s feelings about Meek Mill, one diss track is not enough.

The Toronto rapper responded to Meek Mill’s recent ghostwriting allegations this weekend with a diss track called “Charged Up,” which he debuted during his Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music. As far as diss tracks go, it was pretty tame—Drake alluded to Mill’s accusations but mostly stuck to boasting about his own accomplishments.

Perhaps he was saving the rest of his feelings for part two. In another diss track posted to SoundCloud on Wednesday, Drake escalates the beef by—uh oh!—dragging Meek Mill’s girlfriend and Mill’s current touring partner Nicki Minaj into the drama: “You love her then you gotta give the world to her/ Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?/ I know that you gotta be a thug for her/ This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more.” If her apparent jabs at Drake during Sunday’s Barclays Center show are indication, Minaj likely won’t be pleased.

Hear the track below:

TIME astronomy

A Blue Moon Is Coming This Friday

They happen about…once in a blue moon

Blue moons aren’t actually blue, but they are as rare as the saying goes.

The second full moon in a month is commonly referred to as a blue moon—we had a full moon on July 2, and we’ll have another this Friday on July 31—but there’s a more complicated definition according to the U.S. Naval Observatory:

“The traditional definition is that of the third Full Moon to occur in an astronomical season in which four Full Moons fall. While somewhat more cryptic than the ‘second-of-the-month’ variety, this scheme helped farmers and other people who used traditional Full Moon names to keep the proper names in synch with the occasional “extra” Full Moon that occurs about every 2.6 years. The “controversy” over the proper definition of the “Blue Moon” dates back to an erroneous discussion of the phenomenon that was originally published in 1946 and subsequently re-discovered in 1999.”

TIME Television

Jon Stewart Reveals What He Scribbles on Those Blue Papers on The Daily Show

"I draw a round-headed drunk guy, or I draw me when I was in a college"

With just a few more days before Jon Stewart says goodbye to The Daily Show, he’s letting fans in on some secrets—like what’s up with those blue papers he’s always scribbling on during the show? The papers themselves are scripts for the show, but his drawings are just some rudimentary cartoons to keep his brain busy. “I get bored, I can’t smoke anymore, so I scribble, or I doodle the same cartoons over and over again,” he explains in the above video. “What I normally do is I draw a round-headed drunk guy, or I draw me when I was in a college.”

No word on what happens to the scripts after he’s done sketching—Comedy Central could probably make a lot of money auctioning off Stewart’s discarded doodles.

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