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The Daily Show: August 22 - 24, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 29th 2006 8:13PM
The Daily ShowI've been away without Internet or TV for a while (I'm surprised I didn't die from boredom), so instead of doing four thorough, very late write-ups, I'm going to do some really, really quick coverage on the last week of The Daily Show.

First of all, it was Rob Corddry's last week as a correspondent. Since TDS didn't prepare a special send-off, Rob released some balloons (like, three) and brought in a hilarious collection of his best moments. I never realized just how often he did that "I mean coooome oooon" thing until the montage. Man, I'm really going to miss Rob... and his shaved tuft of hair. It's like an island in a sea of shiny. I hope he finds a lot of success in his new projects. Godspeed, Mr. Corddry!

And as one correspondent left, a new one joined. TDS welcomed Larry Wilmore, their first African-American correspondent in a long while (I think former SNL guy Jerry Minor was the last one). I appreciate this sudden cultural diversity among the new intake (Aasif Mandvi, John Oliver, and Poll-Smokin' Dave Gorman, if he's even around anymore), but you know what is blatantly missing? The token Asian reporter. Specifically, the token female Asian reporter. You hear me, Daily Show? Call me. You all need another chick now that Samantha Bee's on her way out. I won't have any kids while I'm under contract, I promise. And I'll stop sending my resume every week and try to cut down on those lengthy love letters to Jon (which you still haven't responded to, but that's totally cool... y'know, the whole "already married" thing).

Resident Expert John Hodgman talked a little about Pluto and its downgrade from "planet" to "dwarf planet" in a segment called "Exper-teaser". Instead of popping up by the desk in the studio, he did his report in front of several large bookshelves. It made him look more astute and all, but I kind of missed the interaction between him and Jon. I hope this isn't a permanent thing.

Coverage here and there about Tom Cruise's break-up with Paramount, the first-year anniversary of the Katrina disaster, and some old footage of Rob popping ping-pong balls from between his legs. Same old, same old.

By the way, TDS and The Colbert Report are taking a few weeks off to have some post-Emmys relaxation. So don't panic if you're seeing re-runs. Jon's just has to dance around a little more with his shiny, gold idols.

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Congrats to Jon&Co. on the Emmy's. I know there are some people who think that The Daily Show's competition should have won, but I think TDS deserved them.

Whenever I see another talkshow doing an interview I immediately realize just how great Jon is for reading and understanding the book before they come on. His interviews always seem to be the least rehearsed, most informative, and hilarious. Watching a TDS interview makes you realize why so many people call Jon a journalist.

I think Colbert has an Emmy or two in his future, but he needs to step up his game when it comes to the interview. I know it's impossible to both act like O'Reilly and be intelligent, but he has to try.

August 30 2006 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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