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The Daily Show: March 20, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 21st 2007 1:32PM
Jon Stewart"The Unforgettable Fired": The e-mails with details about attorney dismissals are absolutely ridiculous. I wouldn't be surprised if e-mails like the fake graphic really exist in some Capitol Hill Inbox. Senior Political Analyst Rob Riggle stopped by to elaborate on the term "loyal Bushies". The Karl Rove lemur kind of freaked me out on a Spongemonkey level, but not as much as the mention of Barbara Bush's vagina. Eww.

John McCain and his Straight Talk Express are back! His "lost the war" Freudian slip was beautiful, was it not? Maybe his bus really does enforce truth... Perhaps people should swear on the Straight Talk Express in court.

The night's guest was former UN Ambassador John Bolton. I did a double-take when I first saw his name on the list of guests and still refused to believe that he had agreed to come on the show until I saw him actually sit next to Jon. Has Bolton ever seen The Daily Show, for goodness' sake? Jon made a few really good points during the interview, but I wish that the audience would just. Shut. Up. And not clap like trained seals every time he says something decent. Not only is it annoying, but it makes the TDS crowd seem like sheep.

Jon/Stephen: None. Damn you! Moment of Zen: Correspondent Steve Carell on the Straight Talk Express with John McCain. Oh, goodness... I miss seeing Carell on the show.

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I agree with you, though I actually was randomly in the crowd at the show last night. And I have to tell you that they studio people TELL YOU and BEG YOU to clap and yell and laugh a LOT. The warm-up guy basically threatens you that you have to do that, or the show sounds terrible on TV.

So. I agree with you, but just defending the audience. They're always being told to react as much as possible.

March 21 2007 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just shut up, indeed. 99% of the political guests have a book to promote, and Jon tends to sit back, make some jokes, and otherwise let them plug away. So it's a rare treat when he has a guy on that he disagrees with and goes right at him.

And you have to respect Bolton's willingness to go on the show and engage in real debate on what is mostly a goofy left-leaning comedy show. And I liked his answers. Even though I tend not to share his views, he wasn't giving the standard political non-answer type answers, he actually said what he thought and why.


March 21 2007 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen Cole

You're right on about the audience. That really gets in the way of the interview, and I even think Jon would prefer they just allow the interview to run its course, and maybe only interject with some laughter when it's appropriate (like Jon laughing at Bolten's "I think you should be accountable for your performance.")

March 21 2007 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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