It has been a good week for comedy-loving iOS users. Not only has Comedy Central revamped its Daily Show app — christened Daily Show Headlines, now with Retina support for the new iPad — Stewart also features prominently in this week’s Punch! Culture Shelf. (Punch! is unusably glitchy at the moment, but the free app is still worth a look, if only for the montage of guests exiting early from the Daily Show’s hot seat.)
For those readers keeping score, Daily Show Headlines replaces its tepid predecessor The Daily Show. As the title suggests, Daily Show Headlines lets fans watch recent snippets of the show, and share their favorite bits via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Daily Show Headlines is AirPlay compatible, so users can also watch their favorite clips on the big screen via Apple TV.
“We want to provide new and current fans with an app that delivers an easy, entertaining and highly shareable experience with ‘The Daily Show,’” said Ben Hurst, Vice President, Mobile & Emerging Platforms, Viacom Entertainment Group. “We’re confident that fans will enjoy all of the new features included with the ‘Headlines’ app.”
In addition to clips from the show, the app also lets users read popular quotes from the show. It also includes a section of extra clips. Akin to a highlight real, the current crop of clips collect Stewart’s musings on the “real” news outlets. Presumably both these sections will grow as new content is added to the app.
Daily Show Headlines joins Comedy Central’s Indecision Election Companion in the App Store. Both universal iOS apps are free to download. As the screenshots show, Daily Show Headlines isn’t ad-free.
And what of Stephen Colbert? Colbert is the jelly to Stewart’s peanut butter; you can’t have one without the other. Despite the ad which is clearly visible in the screen shots for Colbert Nation on the iPad, I could find no comparable iOS app for Colbert fans. Instead card-carrying members of the Colbert Nation have to pay for the privilege to hear the self-styled blow hard share The Word for iPad. At $2.99, I will pass. Want a free Colbert fix? Check him out on FlipBoard.