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The Daily Show: April 28, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 29th 2008 10:41AM
Jon Stewart"Penis Theft Panic Update": An update on the ever-popular story about the Congolese penis theft scare. You may not have asked for it, but you know you totally wanted it. The update, I mean, not the weird penis-stealing sorcery. Was the light really supposed to go completely out for Jon's spell-chanting? I think that was the part that made the metal drop in the next segment. Jon's really more powerful than he lets on, for the best black sorcerers are always the tiny Jewish ones.

"Charismatic Black Preacher Round-Up: The Reverending Story": Just when you thought Reverend Jeremiah Wright had finally faded out of the spotlight, he re-came out in Detroit this past weekend. Not only did he make some deep observations about the differences between the way black and white people clap, but he brought out his best presidential/cultural impressions. Oh, my goodness. In a way, the level of crazy is insanely amusing, but it also -- how should I say this -- totally hurts my soul. I think he was just a hair away from testing the waters with his Christopher Walken. Thank goodness there was Jon's little jab at Miley Cyrus' Vanity Fair photo to ease my pain. Nothing like the embarrassment of a teenager to provide a healthy dose of schadenfreude. Also, I think this is the first time in all of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report's coverage of Wright's "God damn America!" that I've heard that part censored. I wonder why that was.

The night's guest was Jimmy Carter, promoting A Remarkable Mother. This two-parter was broken into discussion about the book and then political talky-talk. It was quite touching to hear President Carter's loving descriptions of his mother as the embodiment of a true American mother. I suppose he really ought to be praising accordingly if his other really pushed that hard for his presidency during the campaign. The mention of his father and sisters' deaths from pancreatic cancer was an instant downer on the loving mom-talk. The sudden drop in mood was so incredible, I couldn't help but nervously laugh out loud to try and ease the tension in a studio audience I wasn't even a part of.

In the second part, Jon didn't exactly nail President Carter on any big issues, but I guess it would have been somewhat awkward to do so judging by what Carter was promoting and the fact that he's, like, 134 years-old. There was some talk on Carter's controversial meetings with Hamas, which was all right. I think I actually preferred his anecdotes about his mother and how awesome she was. And no, your $20 gift card to Bath & Body Works won't be able to top Carter's Mother's Day gift.

Moment of Zen: Reverend Jeremiah Wright showed off his mad dance skillz behind the podium. Ah, bless no context.

The Colbert Report:
If you haven't ever seen Stephen Colbert in a sparkly jumpsuit before, I strongly suggest you watch the end of this episode. Very strongly.

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"this is the first time in all of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report's coverage of Wright's "God damn America!" that I've heard that part censored. I wonder why that was."

As I've learned from Jimmy Kimmel's "Unnecessary Censorship" segment, the only part of his show I ever found even remotely amusing, things are funnier when you censor them. Shows like South Park and Chappelle Show are funnier with the bleeps than with the actual cuss words that were bleeped.

April 30 2008 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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