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As part of our Best of 2015 series we are re-airing our interview with Larry Wilmore. Listen to it here.
On the advice Jon Stewart gave him:
“The biggest thing he said in the beginning — and he would almost say it with, not really anger but maybe frustration — he would say, “Hey man, stop being a host. Stop it. Just be yourself.” It took a while for me to interpret it, but what it is, when you’re first starting a show like that, you’re acting everything because you’re not comfortable yet. But you can’t fool Jon. He can see right through that.
So no matter how much praise I got about the show, Jon’s like, “No, no, no. You’re pretending this right now. You’re not owning it yet. You got to own it. You got to put your opinion out there, and you got to just get inside there and just be it.” After a while, I understood what he was talking about. He was always encouraging me to raise the bar, not just in content but in making sure that my point of view was very clear and very precise and that I owned it and that I was myself. He kept pushing me into that. So that was the evolution of the show, to be honest with you. It all centered around that.”