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MARINATING

It’s going to take some smart young people to make a ‘Belieber’ out of him

Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 12:01 am

“The Daily Show With (out) Jon Stewart” has not skipped a beat since his temporary departure to film a movie in the Mideast. John Oliver, previously known mostly as “the British guy on Jon Stewart's show,” has done an admirable job of filling in for his boss.

To tell the truth, it is a refreshing change of pace. Mr. Stewart tends to get up on his high-horse, holier-than-thou pedestal from time to time. Stick with the comedy, please.

Ahhh, replacing the boss, ... No. 43 on my bucket list of things to do before I retire. Of course, if the government keeps pushing the retirement age back, I'll be writing this column when I'm 90.

If the columns ever stop making sense, please have the courtesy to let me know it's time to give it up. (Note to wife: No, dear, you do not get a vote in this.)

Speaking of getting older, today's game shows are wasted on young people. Let me clarify that. They are wasted on attractive, outgoing young people.

I have no scientific evidence to back this up except simple observation, but in pretty much any game involving knowledge, I think my generation will run rings around the oh-so-coveted 18-29 demographic. I will put my money on Grandma and Grandpa over these young whippersnappers any day of the week.

Case in point: On the Syfy show “Exit,” a recent young couple could not identify Buzz Aldrin as the second man to walk on the moon. My peers could answer that in their sleep!

Then again, I suppose young people would outshine their elders in certain important subjects. I doubt any of the well-educated geezers in my bracket would have a clue (or frankly, Scarlett, give a damn) who won the 2013 MTV Movie Award for best kiss.

And what the heck is a “Belieber” anyway?

Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when he’s not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is marinating@tribune.com. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.