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The Daily Show: February 27, 2008

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 28th 2008 8:21AM
Jon StewartDaily Show/Colbert Report audience members can get a little enthusiastic and break the in-studio "no shouting" rules, as demonstrated by that one person who just had to yell out, "Vagina!" Behave yourselves, why don't you? Can't they see that Jon is still suffering from the after-effects of Oscar duties?

"Last Tango in Cleveland": Recently, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton got down and dirty at the Cleveland debates, where "no rules" held back the candidates ("It's the Outback Steakhouse of debates!") Of course, the two attacked each other back and forth, but Brian Williams found moments to chime in and be charming ol' Mr. Williams. Clinton had a brief conspiracy freak-out, pointing out that she always gets the first questions.

Senior Correspondent Samantha Bee reported live from Anti-Hillary HQ to confirm that, yes, a shadowy group of figures have definitely been planning Clinton's downfall since her run for the Senate. They assisted her successes up until this point, because late failure at the end of the game is so much more painful than an early one. Bee's sandcastle analogy was absolutely perfect, by the way.

Correspondent Jason Jones filed a field report about Starbuck's three-hour shutdown. This was seriously the first I heard of the shutdown, so maybe I'm a little safer from Starbucks addiction than the rest of the country. Jones flew into a panic without his elaborately-named drinkies, having to resort to the dreaded normal coffees. In the end, he missed the music ("I don't hear any Feist playing!") and douchebags on laptops.

The night's guest was Allen Guelzo, author of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America. This interview was all about -- you guessed it -- the Lincoln/Douglas debates. It was interesting to hear about the ways of old-school debates. Heck, I can't even begin to imagine anything before televised debates, so things beyond the Nixon/Kennedy debates are extra-fascinating to me. At the mention of Lincoln and Douglas' big height difference, I had a weird mental image of a made-for-TV movie about the debates, starring Conan O'Brien as Lincoln and Jon Stewart as Douglas. Would that be a great film or the greatest film? They could end with the two of them engaging in fisticuffs.

Moment of Zen: Oh, BriWi, why are you so funny?

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But that was the funniest Jason Jones has ever been. Usually I find him as annoying and unfunny as Rob Riggle. Maybe Starbucks is just a really good target.

I'm betting they pulled the Samantha Bee ending with Chelsea out of fear of retaliation and cries of victimization from the Clinton campaign, like they did with David Schuster and his "pimping" comment on MSNBC. I would think once there's a TV show with "pimp" in the title, used in the colloquial sense and not the prostitute sense, it's an acceptable word to use. But it was one more way the Clintons could cry foul and be the victims. The "Daily Show" people probably didn't want to risk that by making Chelsea the head of the Anti-Hillary forces in Bee's piece.

February 29 2008 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Ari; to critique the Jason Jones skit you absolutely have to compare it to the far superior Colbert version that followed it. Stephen freebasing the bottom of an empty Starbucks cup scavenged from the trash was both funnier AND less nauseating than watching Jones pull that coffee-filled condom out of his mouth.

February 28 2008 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Samantha Bee peice was a very odd edit, very noticable. Stewart asked half a question before the cut; thanks for letting us know what it was that was axed.

February 28 2008 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ash Wright

I was at the taping of this show. The 'vagina' shoutout comes from one of the pre-show questioners who had asked if john ever received the chocolate vagina her women's group sent him. Also, they cut the end off of Samantha Bee's bit, where she revealed that the secret leader of the anti-Hillary group was Chelsea, bitter that she never got a pony.

February 28 2008 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You need to comment on the Colbert skit on the Starbucks closing. The final scene in the shower was laugh out loud funny. Pouring the coffee on his head it was too much.

February 28 2008 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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