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Tina Fey takes a swipe at The Daily Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2008 2:42PM

Tina FeyOK, so it's a little swipe I think, but it stands out.

30 Rock star and producer Tina Fey gave an interview to Reader's Digest where she talks about everything from motherhood to her time on Saturday Night Live to who her favorite member of The Three Stooges is (Larry). She's also asked by the interviewer what pleases her more, applause or laughter, and she makes a point of saying that it's laughter because "you can prompt applause with a sign."

She goes on to say in the same answer that her SNL buddy Seth Meyers coined the term "clapter," which is a political joke that makes the audience go "woo-hoo." She says "you see a lot of that on The Daily Show." She even whispered it, which shows she knew she was saying something a little controversial and contrary to what a lot of fans of Jon Stewart's show think.

I don't really agree with her explanation, that applause means that the audience sort of approves of a joke but they didn't really like it that much. Whenever I hear applause on The Daily Show (and SNL, for that matter) it seems to me to be a genuine liking for the joke or bit they just heard.

[via TV Tattle]

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GFo

It didn't sound like she was slamming John Stewart personally in her comments. If anything she was making a joke about the audience. Why is everyone so defensive when someone makes a comment? I don't believe her comments warrant remarks like "Well, SNL sucks anyway" or "RD is just for old people anyways". You guys sound like a bunch of hyper-defensive pre-teens. She is a comedienne for Heavens sakes. Lighten up.

March 31 2008 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

Tina Fey and Seth Meyers might want to know that the word "clapter" was coined by Amanda Filipacchi back in 1993 in her novel Nude Men -- a book that is even funnier than The Daily Show, SNL and 30 Rock combined!

March 22 2008 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Discosis

That doesn't sound like a swipe at TDS, just a statement of fact. The audience does go for anything slightly political, but it comes across as all part of the show.

March 20 2008 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gK

Bitch may be the new black. But black is the new president, Bitch!

I like 30 rock, but Tiny Few is getting annoying.

March 19 2008 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carl

My grandmother thinks Readers Digest is for old people. I think Tina is gonna pitch a script to PAX or something...may explain mag interview choice.

March 19 2008 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
r.r.r.

i don't agree with her explaination as well. maybe SNL should get an "applause" sign. they need it much more than the daily show.

March 19 2008 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

Daily Show funny to watch 4 days a week... mostly...

SNL not funny for at least 10-15 years now.

March 19 2008 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

I don't think she was criticizing the Daily Show by saying this. You even see Jon Stewart trying to get the audience to calm down when they go over the top, especially during interviews; he'll literally turn to the audience and say, "Settle down, now."

He's also explicitly addressed this in interviews, especially the one he did with David Steinberg on "Sit-down Comedy." Stewart talked about people assuming he's left-wing, or an ideologue, or a knee-jerk Bush-hater, or a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat supporter, and when they see him on the street, or after a stand-up performance, they'll take him to task for, say, making John Kerry look bad. But his take is that he has to write what he thinks is funny, or what he thinks is true (and lord knows John Kerry gave him plenty of grist), and that you can't "fall in love with your audience."

And I think that's what Tina Fey is trying to get at by her comment, and I think her whispering it indicates that she knows it sounds like a slam, but that's not her intention. These days it's so easy to make an audience go crazy by making fun of Bush (where were they in the voting booths in 2004?), but I think Stewart and his writers are just trying to do what they've always done, which is to hold up to ridicule the hypocrites and the liars, whether they're in politics or in the media.

March 19 2008 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
viewdrix

Kind of agree. It doesn't have to be a joke. "Obama won another primary yesterday" (WILD APPLAUSE AND WHOOPING)

And I support Obama.

It gets even worse if Jon's doing an interview with someone who's pro-Bush or believes positively in the situation in Iraq. Every time Jon comes up with a mildly good bit of logic to counter the interviewee, at least five seconds of applause and cheering.

March 19 2008 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gig

And all the people that read "Reader's Digest" say, "What's the Daily Show and where are my false teeth?"

March 19 2008 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Matt

best comment in the thread :)

March 19 2008 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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