When a technical
glitch forced Jon Stewart to retape the beginning of his first
"Daily Show" here, he told the audience that Washington types
were steeped enough in political play-acting to know what to
laugh as if this is the first time you've heard it," the comedian
of the country will be watching Dan, Tom and Peter sort through
the election returns tomorrow night, those who don't take the
campaign all that seriously may flip to Stewart's live coverage
on Comedy Central.
going to start drinking around 5 and then just see what happens,"
is his audience in, say, House races? "They're excited for the
first 300, 350. After that it becomes tedious."
irreverent "Daily Show" is no joke for politicians trying to
connect with a younger crowd that doesn't watch the Sunday morning
gabfests. That's why North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, a likely
presidential candidate, did the show during its stint in Washington
last week, joining such previous guests as John McCain (who
recently hosted "Saturday Night Live"), Joe Lieberman, Michael
Bloomberg, Chuck Schumer, Bob Dole, Bob Kerrey and Mary Bono.
it's an audience of bright young people who watch that show
and an opportunity to let them get acquainted with him," says
Edwards spokesman Mike Briggs, adding that the senator's 20-year-old
daughter is a huge fan.
does the visiting New Yorker make of the capital? "The culture
of Washington is beautifully analogous to the culture of L.A.
-- self-important and out of touch," Stewart says.
the program bitingly funny is the deadpan way it mocks the conventions
of television news. Stewart tells viewers the election will
include correspondent reports and "hopefully a great deal of
irresponsible speculation." He tosses to one reporter, Stephen
Colbert, at the Capitol -- actually standing in front of a screen
a few feet away on which the gleaming dome has been projected.
"senior political analyst" Rachael Harris from "beautiful Anytown,
USA" on what folks are saying about the election, which turns
out to be: "That sniper thing was so scary. What was up with
the well-worn cliches, the anchor-speak and the neatly packaged
reports, "The Daily Show" exposes TV inanity through cheap imitation.
As Colbert intoned in front of a giant screen that read "TRUST":
"It all comes down to who's going to win the voters' trust.
That's who's going to win the whole enchilada."
a parody, right?
"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart has been quipping his way around
town. Tomorrow's show airs live.]