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The Daily Show: July 17, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 18th 2007 9:00AM
Christopher WalkenBruce Willis made an unexpected appearance as a Giant Head. I think he's the first non-anchor guy to play that role? Anyway, he did the usual put-downs, telling Jon that Christopher Walken, the night's guest, doesn't really care for him. The Giant Head gag needs to die a quick, silent "Seat of Heat" kind of death. A part of me feels like they're only keeping the joke around because they built that screen for that very purpose. "But if we don't do the Giant Head gag, what will we do with the screen? Put the shadow people back in?!"

"You Have No Idea!": The latest fellow to get in trouble with the DC Madam scandal is David Vitter. Of course, his poor wife had to face the cameras and look pretty as he apologized. In other depressing news to make anyone lose their faith in humanity, the former Surgeon General Richard Carmona shed light on some off-limits things from his time under Bush... like... the Special Olympics. Those damn Kennedy-relatin' Special Olympics.

"Hot and Fathered": The depressing news doesn't stop there. Victims of priest molestations are set to get major payouts, depending on the degree of abuse. They'll have to talk to a claims adjuster for the amount to be decided because, apparently, the church has insurance for this kind of thing. I don't know... News like this makes my head ache.

"L.A. Stories: Chasin' Priestly": Samantha Bee elaborated on the situation, Hollywood style. Honestly, it was kind of random and pointless. It's times like this when I wish Rob Corddry was still around so that his creepy correspondent character would really sleaze up the news.

The night's guest was Christopher Walken, promoting Hairspray. The interview was a little awkward, mainly because of the strange pacing and pregnant pauses, but because of Walken's startling starpower, it wasn't that big of a deal. As I watched Walken sit in front of the highly saturated, multi-colored screen, I couldn't help but note how pasty he is. I mean, he was nearly translucent. Again, if it was on any other celebrity, I'd be a little weirded out, but since it's Walken, I don't mind as much. Walken talked about his mainly Mediterranean diet, his musical background, and, despite stating the absolute and complete truth, completely freaked me out with "In Hairspray, I play John Travolta's husband..." I never thought about it that way before. Now I don't know if I want to see the movie anymore.

On a side note: It's been a year since I've moved to Baltimore and I still haven't had a John Waters sighting, let alone encounter. Not cool.

Jon/Bruce: Giant Head Bruce Willis popped in to share a seriously, seriously dated Sixth Sense joke. Hearing Sixth Sense jokes these days makes me cringe about as much as Clinton-centric cigar and/or blue dress jokes. Moment of Zen: Can kids get drunk on hand sanitizer? I think fewer kids would get colds if they could.

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Angelo

Giant head is the best!!! Love it!!

July 18 2007 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Machine

The giant head is brilliant! We want more head... and cowbell!

July 18 2007 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bash

on the Matt Groening thing: being german and often faced with a keyboard lacking Umlaut-keys (to enter ÖÜÄäöü and of course ß which is not an Umlaut) we are allowed to write "oe" for "ö" so I am often faced with people here in germany pronouncing it like "ö" which most of the people in america can not pronounce correctly either ;-)

July 18 2007 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bash

Love the giant head too - especially because they now stopped only using newspeople to put on.

I can't wait for really unexpected people to show up there.

Although I want them to use it for other stuff - for instance maybe some cartoon characters ^^; Like Pinky&Brain or whaterver building a machine so Brain can finally TAKE OVER THE WORLD or something :-)

July 18 2007 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

I love the giant head. They should have more of it and NEVER have Demetri Martin on again.

July 18 2007 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C. Hernandez

yeah, giant head of...is getting a little tired.

July 18 2007 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nick

"I think he's the first non-anchor guy to play that role?"

Nope. Robert Loggia did it a few months ago. I agree that they need to give the giant head gag a rest. It was amusing at first, but they've beaten it to death with predictable dialogue.

Side note: Have I been mispronouncing Matt Groening's name all these years? I've always pronounced it as "groaning" not "graining".

July 18 2007 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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