"'Daily Show' Hits the Road for Election Coverage"
October 16, 2002


LOS ANGELES - Comedy Central's "Daily Show" is going to act a little like the newscasts it parodies when it heads to Washington, D.C., to cover the midterm elections.

The show will broadcast from Washington the week of Oct. 28, as part of its "Indecision 2002" coverage of the midterm elections. Anchor Jon Stewart and "Daily Show" correspondents will provide their perspective on the races that could affect which party controls Congress.

"With the balance of power in both the Senate and the House up for grabs, and many key gubernatorial seats in play, the national media will once again focus on politics -- and we will be there to pretend to be a part of it," co-creator/executive producer Madeline Smithberg says.

"The Daily Show" has had several guests from the world of media and politics in recent weeks -- including ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, Oliver North and CNN host Judy Woodruff -- and plans to bring in more such guests for its Washington-based shows. The show will also broadcast a live, half-hour special on election night, Nov. 5.

Stewart says he's looking forward to being on the road.

"I'm thrilled to be able to spend some time in a beautiful and pristine part of America. Wait -- is this the state or the District? Oh, it's the District; that should be good too," he deadpans.

"The Daily Show" airs at 11 p.m. ET weeknights on Comedy Central.


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