MAYOR Bloomberg has agreed to be interviewed
on the late-night cable comedy show "The Daily Show" -- a coup
for host Jon Stewart and an out-of-character TV appearance for
the usually straight-laced mayor.
To land Bloomberg for his
first late night TV interview as Mayor, "Daily Show" chief talent
booker, Hillary Kun, began calling City Hall back in March.
"Pretty much from the get-go
he had agreed on principal to do it," Kun said.
"I talked a lot about how
Jon is probably the safest person to be interviewed by, so the
Mayor wouldn't have anything to worry about. I made it clear
he was not going to be in a dangerous situation here," she said.
The Mayor's only other appearance
on late night TV was a brief stint on David Letterman's "Late
Show," to read his "Top Ten Ways I'll Improve New York" (No.
1 was "Okay, Arizona, you had your fun - now we're coming to
get our World Series trophy").
The appearance is scheduled
for tomorrow night (11 p.m.).
Politicos and newsmakers
have been popping up more and more frequently on Stewart's popular
news/comedy show since its Presidential election coverage two
years ago, called "Indecision 2000."
After Sept. 11, the newscast
parody stepped up its efforts to land even more interviews with
"We said to ourselves: ‘Let's
bring on people that are interesting and are in the world,'
" executive producer Madeleine Smithberg said yesterday.
"We are not naive that people
in America as a population really do like seeing celebrities
talk and we enjoy providing them with this very valuable service,
but we also think there's room for hearing [Fox News Channel
anchor] Bill O'Reilly, [former conservative writer] David Brock
or [author] Peggy Noonan," Smithberg says.
"Jon has an uncanny way
to cut to the chase in terms of the types of questions that
he asks these people that you might not hear on their interview
on ‘World News Tonight.' "