Jeff Garlin Brings a Leica M Monochrom on The Daily Show, Confuses Jon Stewart

If you were watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, you might have noticed a friend of ours stopped by. It was an expensive friend known as the Leica M Monochrom, and it earned a surprised and somewhat confused reaction from Jon Stewart.

We’ve embedded the five-minute segment above, but truth be told, the camera only plays a role at the very beginning and end of the video. It’s nice to see a gorgeous piece of photographic gear getting some primetime airtime though, and it seems Jon Stewart reacted to it just like most people would: “wow that’s a beautiful camera” is followed by “wait, it only shoots black and white!?”

Okay, fine, the normal human being would follow THAT up with a third statement: “What do you mean it costs eight grand!?”

  • Carlos Garcia

    missed the part in which he is confused, he pretty much could not have cared less

  • JoeNoName

    ? What ?

  • MarvinB7

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

  • Mike

    What next? Allow Jews to sit at the front of the bus?

  • markz

    “sorry this video is unavailable from your location”


    really thought the days of internet media balkanisation were on the wane

  • Bufford

    I’d much rather it be unavailable at my location than autoplay like it does.

  • Will Mederski

    agreed. stewart was like “wtf? put the camera down… why are you still holding that thing to your face?”
    otherwise a great interview, but garlin was really just being obnoxious with what was apparently in new favorite toy…

  • Mack

    The Leica Monochrom is certainly my dream camera, but, well, I’ll just have to wait until Canon makes its own nifty little monochrome that’s almost as good and costs much, much less.

  • omar

    This was clearly a case of product placement. If you noticed, John later moves the camera to the center of the desk so it would be seen better. (because Jeff accidentally put it behind the coffee mug thus blocking the shot of the camera.)

  • Tyler Magee

    I bet hes actually not bad, I could see him making good photos.

  • iaijohn

    My Monochrom is a celebrity to me. What a mind bender to see one on TV.

  • Avaviel

    I guess this goes to show that if there’s a market segment there’s a product.

  • Jake

    Leica couldn’t have hired a better spokesman?

  • John

    If his instagram is any indication, he is no photographer. (instagram @jeffgarlin)

  • DLCade

    It shouldn’t be autoplaying Bufford, we hate doing that to our readers. Check that you don’t have any specific browser plugins or anything enabled that are causing the problem :)

  • stavrography

    what’s next, film cameras?!

  • Adam Cross

    until all US shows sell broadcasting rights to every country outside the US there will alllllways be content that is unavailable to view online. Not sure how people can still be surprised when they see “content not available”

  • faloc

    my dream Leica :D

  • matt r

    hold out towards the end and he mentions being in the Vivian Meier doc that’s coming out. It gives him some street cred that’s at least a little more Wabash Ave and less Rodeo Drive.

  • matt r

    oh, and the Leica is probably to pimp the doc, even though I’m pretty sure she used rolleis.

  • try2

    Once wasn’t enough. He needed to repeat he is now making a lot of money!

  • battlepriest

    One of the things I most appreciate when processing a monochrome image from a color image is the ability to boost or suppress grayscale tones based on their original color. Darkening the blue of the sky to enhance the clouds is an obvious example, but there are many others where having that degree of control over the result is a plus. Limitations can stimulate creativity though, and while it’s not the usual thing to to pay more for a device that does less, more power to anyone who owns one. It must be nice to have that kind of disposable income – congratulations!

  • Jackson Cheese

    Yeah, Instagram isn’t a great way to judge somebody as a photographer.

  • Zack

    You’ll have a long, long wait ahead of you. Canon’s not too adventurous these days.

  • John

    Why not? Would a photographer upload completely crappy pics? Or because there are no good photographs on instagram? Better look again, bro.

  • flightofbooks

    I think you’re not quite aware of just what it is the monochrome lecia does. Yes, it does take away some flexibility in terms of post-processing. But it also allows for certain effects in camera that would be difficult to achieve with a camera that ‘sees’ in full color. And the kind of enhancements you’re talking about can still be achieved via the use of filters. And it has low-light performance that’s pretty much unheard of for a camera that isn’t the Nikon D4/Df. So, really the only trade off is the ability to decide ex post facto if an image should be color or black and white.

    It’s a specialized tool with a specialized purpose. Referring to it in terms of limitations completely misses the point.

  • Jackson Cheese

    Because most people use it only take quick snapshots to share with their friends and don’t really put a whole lot of thought into them, bro.

  • John

    LoL – so a photographer suddenly forgets everything basic about composition and engaging subjects, just because he is taking “snapshots”? Bro, what are your standards?

  • Jackson Cheese

    Probably not. Not for a camera like this anyhow with such a niche market & big price tag.
    The camera was a prop, a key prop in this discussion.
    It’s second nature for the talent to prevent something from blocking the directors shot.

    Have worked in film & TV production for 14 years.

  • Jackson Cheese

    Bro, why do you care so much?

    I occasionally Instagram too, and no, I don’t give nearly the same amount of thought about composition or subjuect when i’m taking a cell phone shot of my dog as I do when shooting nature and landscapes. I just don’t. Because I don’t care. It’s only Instagram. But i’m not a pro-photographer, i’m a hobbyist and so is this guy.

  • lololalallll

    I bet his camera takes nice pictures.

  • Christopher

    Garlin was bizarre throughout the entire interview.

  • csmif

    8K? nah…

  • csmif

    what’s WAY more interesting and relevant in this vid is that he said that he made Finding Vivian Maier (he was one of the exec producers). I can’t wait to see it.

  • Willi Kampmann

    That laughter is just priceless!

  • marc909

    Aside from the camera placement, the other interesting thing was that Jeff Garlin made a documentary on a great unknown photographer from Chicago called Vivian Maier. Love her work. Gonna try to see that.

  • Hunding

    Love how you respond to the auto play comment and ignore the unavailable from your location comment. Classy.