New York Diaries: Part Five ~ The Daily Show!

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On the home stretch of our recap of New York!! Thanks to our friend Dan, we scored some tix to see the Daily Show on Monday afternoon. Not only did we get to skip waiting in line outside (in the sideways sleeting rain), we got a full blown tour of the inner workings. It’s an incredibly impressive operation. All that, and the founder of Craig’s List as the guest! Bring it on New York!!

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On the home stretch of our recap of New York!! Thanks to our friend Dan, we scored some tix to see the Daily Show on Monday afternoon. Not only did we get to skip waiting in line outside (in the sideways sleeting rain), we got a full blown tour of the inner workings. It’s an incredibly impressive operation. All that, and the founder of Craig’s List as the guest! Bring it on New York!!

DailyShow_450.jpg

On the home stretch of our recap of New York!! Thanks to our friend Dan, we scored some tix to see the Daily Show on Monday afternoon. Not only did we get to skip waiting in line outside (in the sideways sleeting rain), we got a full blown tour of the inner workings. It’s an incredibly impressive operation. All that, and the founder of Craig’s List as the guest! Bring it on New York!!

1. In yet another audience scenario, we got to skip the “hearding” portion of the event and get right to the fun stuff. Our friend Dan is one of the correspondents (and an ex-Chicago powerhouse) and he was able to show us around the joint before the show started. Did you know they have a whole room of TIVOs? You gotta be able to record every dumb thing every dumb politico says everyday — therefore, you need a lot of TIVOs! Wait, is the plural of TIVO, TIVO or TIVOs, or TIVI. Whatever, you get the point.

2. Each correspodent has their own digs and is “on call” to file stories at any given time. They don’t usually know until that day if they are needed for the show that night. I have this fantasy that Dan sits in his office chatting with NBC’s David Gregory as they both wait to get word about today’s White House haps. Then sometimes they both prank call Christian Amanpour and see if they can wake her up in a different time zone. Again, Dan confirmed none of this, but I pretty sure it’s because he didn’t want to brag.

3. The offices are set up very much like a regular news operation — after all, they are cranking out 30 minutes of news every single day. Writers, editors, loggers, the people who create those great graphics — they’ve all got their own territory.

4. I asked Dan why/how the interview subjects don’t know that they are going to look like dumb asses. He said a lot of people think they can out smart the show (which, unless you are editing the footage, is impossible) OR they’ve never seen it and don’t do their homework before they appear. Interesting, huh?

5. When Musharraf was a guest on the show, the whole building was on lockdown and the several blocks surrounding the building were closed off. They had bomb shield-type things installed. When Clinton came, he didn’t have any security and walked around the whole building introducing himself to everybody.

6. Jon Stewart comes out before each show and answers questions from the audience. People tend to ask really dumb questions. One guy asked why his TIVO didn’t record the show correctly. Who knew I’d write TIVO so many times today?

7. When the audience wrangler/coordinator dude was “warming us up” before the show, one guy in the audience wouldn’t clap. He was super militant with the guy — forcing him to clap and have fun. He wouldn’t do it, which was pretty funny. When we did the show last week at The Wilmette Theatre, we based one of our characters on that audience warm up guy.

8. The taping of the show goes very quickly. Headlines, a few correspondent bits and then the interview — it was over before we knew it. I guarantee the audience waits longer to get into the show than to watch it. Again, thanks to Dan for the VIP treatment.

9. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert shoot the shit off camera before they do the “check-in/forward promote” part of the show. It was funny to watch them do that. Probably because they are really funny guys.

10. The show is great. The writing is top-notch and there doesn’t seem to be a job more fitting for Jon Stewart. And how great is it that a comedy show has such an effect of the political landscape? Now, if we could only manage to get Musharraf to the next Schadenfreude Rent Party…

All right, that’s that for the Daily Show — and if you throw in some great meals with friends and family, we’ve covered our trip.

Bottom line: New York is good. You should go.