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The Daily Show: April 7, 2008 - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 8th 2008 11:01AM
Nathan Lane"Hot Mess": Ahh! Olympic fever is catching hold. The famous Torch attempted to make its epic journey through various lands pain-free, only to have protesters and crazy people totally ruin everything. In Paris, France, things got so bad that the police decided to shut it all down and just throw the torch in a car and speed off. And then Jon gave us a quick little history factoid when he shared that the Torch tradition was started under Hitler's regime. His message to France: "Way to sh*t on Hitler's legacy".

"Got MLK?": April 4th marked the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain all managed to, on one level or another, use the story to back up their campaigns. Clinton's account of where she was when she found out about Dr. King's death made me crack up even before Jon commented on it. I wonder if I would have reacted the same way if I had seen her speech on a news outlet first and not in the context of a comedy show. Insert an hour or so of self-reflection here. Anyway, we were once again reminded of just how beautifully The Daily Show handles news clips. Who needs to write jokes when you can just masterfully juxtapose awkward moments? Also, here's a fun fact: There's a building in midtown Manhattan that is full of TiVos that just record TV non-stop. Seriously. I just learned that. I guess that's how TDS and The Colbert Report seem to be able to pull just about any obscure newsclip... Because they can.

"Avatar Heroes": Because the government has given up the real world and turned to the virtual world, there was a recent House hearing on Second Life. There's not much more awkward to watch than old people talking about technology. Wait! I take that back. Having the awkward conversation simulcast in Second Life is pretty awkward too. Rob Riggle put on his best avatar, Beowolf Porpoiseburg, a wide-eyed dolphin with virtual boobies, to report from Second Life. This could have been a done lot better, but I enjoyed the Code Pink protester going nuts and spamming.

The night's guest was Nathan Lane, promoting his latest Broadway play November. For a few moments, I thought his crazy Nazi orgy story was just a set-up for a punchline, but then I realized that it was too hilarious to be made-up. Sure enough, here's Max Mosley had a Nazi sex orgy. Mr. Lane came dangerously close to pulling one of those interview faux-pas that stand-up comedians often do, where they overpower the interview with prepared routines. Come on, Lane, you're a seasoned Broadway vet. You should know better.

Jon/Stephen: Damn you, feed problems! I need my Jon/Stephen love. Moment of Zen: More World of Warcraft jokes... Seriously?

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The bit that makes the Max Mosely story even "better" is that he is the son of Sir Oswald Mosley, former leader of the British Union of Fascists. This was a 1930s and 40s group who thought Hitler was an okay guy and that Britain could do with a fascist dictatorship.

April 08 2008 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Even BETTER: Mosley's parents held their wedding at Goebbel's place, and Hitler was a guest.

April 08 2008 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The lizard hair guy is a friend of mine...seriously...for real, a reporter for one of Second Life's news website. We got a kick out of it. :) I didn't even know it was him until he told me he was on the daily show...haha

April 08 2008 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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