CSU, Chico News

‘Daily Show’ Writer Jason Ross to Speak on Constitution Day

Date: 08-27-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Alan Gibson
Political Science

Six-time Primetime Emmy Award winning writer Jason Ross will speak on Friday, September 14, in the BMU Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. as a part of California State University, Chico’s annual Constitution Day celebration. Ross has been a staff writer at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” since 2002. He is also one of the writers of the show’s two best-selling books, “America: The Book” (2004) and “Earth: The Book” (2010).

Chico born and raised, Ross is a graduate of Chico High School and UC Santa Barbara. From 1994 to 1997, he worked as a writer and arts editor for the Chico News and Review. During the summers while attending college, Ross took part in the original Butcher Shop Theater in Chico.

"I couldn't be happier to deliver this year's Constitution Day address,” Ross said in recent correspondence. “I spend a good portion of every day shouting things at perfect strangers. If CSU, Chico is willing to let me do so indoors, that's a win-win." On the subject of his presentation, Ross added: "In addition to touching on my lifelong connection to Chico, I will offer some ideas about the role of humor in our lives and the role of satire in a democracy. Let's call it 'discursive.' That means 'rambling and unfocused,' right?"

“By all accounts, Ross’ presentation promises to provide an entertaining and informative view of why so many young Americans report that comedy shows like ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report are their most trusted source for news and political commentary,” said Alan Gibson, Political Science.

Seating may be limited due to interest in Ross’ talk, so Gibson suggests that people arrive early to insure a seat.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science, the Associated Students Government, the Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha and the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) sponsor this Constitution Day event. For more information about this event, please contact Diana Dwyre at 530–898–5734 or Gibson at 530–898–4952.