The Daily Show: April 3, 2006
"Mess O' Potamia": Condi Rice made a startling revelation during an interview with Jonathan Dimbleby,
"Let me be very clear... Iran
is not Iraq." With this, Jon flailed and nearly fell out of
his seat. Really, Rice?! Hmm... One ends with a 'Q'... and one is harboring nuclear weapons... now, which one is it? The
"translation" of Adm. Ali Fadavi's torpedo talk was absolutely hysterical. The torpedoes are so fast that you
can't see them -- holy crap! Did you just see that?!
"North American Summit": George Bush chilled with the Mexican President and the Canadian Prime Minister in Cancun. Explanation of the meaning of borders and jokes about Speedos followed. Ugh.
"This Week in God": This segment was covered by Ed Helms ("Rob Corddry couldn't be here tonight. He drowned," Helms explained. "But, on the plus side, he's definitely not a witch"). Ahh! I'm not used to this! I was just getting used to having Corddry instead of Stephen Colbert! Helms used the Alt-God machine to cover news from alternative religions. This ranged from the news of the disappearance of the 15 year-old boy believed to be the reincarnation of Buddha ("HA! Buddha wishes that was Buddha!") to the news of a Sikh teen being allowed to wear his ceremonial dagger (or kirpan) to school in Canada (and rightly so, because Helms carries his rosary nunchakus everywhere).
The night's guest was Ricky Gervais, here to promote his new book More Flanimals. I was absolutely ecstatic to see him because I'm a huge fan of his work, both on The Office and Extras. When Jon called him on, Ricky didn't show up. Instead, the camera cut to backstage where Ricky was making Ed Helms feel bad about his performance during "This Week in God". I felt like I was watching David Brent on The Office again... Sigh. When Ricky made his way onstage, Jon welcomed him very warmly. I guess he and Ricky had a fun time when he was visiting England. This was an extremely pleasant and funny interview... I kid you not, I laughed so hard that my back cracked. Ricky and Jon talked about weight issues (Jon used the term "bangers and mash" to mean fat but it actually means something totally different) and Ricky revealed some of the rude nicknames the British tabloids use for him (he went jogging one day with his iPod and the headline was "iPodge"... HA!). After a brief discussion on how Ricky should use the nickname Chubby Funster if he ever gets into porn, Jon suggested that the two of them work on a film as two sidekicks (no hero, just sidekicks). Ricky thought Jon was inviting him to star in a porno and hilarity ensued. Definitely a fun interview (for the audience and Jon and Ricky, I think).
Jon/Stephen: Stephen Colbert sez... Plaaaaay fantasy baseball! Moment of Zen: Buddha, Buddha, Buddha.