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The Daily Show: June 23, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 24th 2008 12:24PM
Wyatt Iron Man"Indecision 2008": The Daily Show hasn't really mocked Barack Obama quite as heavily as the likes of John McCain or Hillary Clinton. In fact, they have made fun of the media's wild, paranoid speculation about Obama more than Obama himself. It was good to see them pick on him a bit for his rather presumptuous faux-Presidential seal, which was quickly pulled and called a "one-time" thing. I loved how most of the audience was too nervous to mock their man. "You know... You're allowed to laugh at him." Also, Barack Obama seems to have made a bit of a flip-flop recently, turning his back on public finance and calling it corrupt, despite showing his support earlier in the race. I hope he flip-flops more if it means seeing John Oliver as Matthew Lesko again.

Senior Electoral Regulations Correspondent Wyatt Cenac stopped by to talk about Obama's turn on public finance. Bottom line: Obama's principles are allowed to change because he's crazy rich. Wyatt Cenac has some incredibly funny material, assuming he's the mainly responsible for his segments, but his delivery is so jaunty and awkward. TDS should pull a Starbucks and spend a few hours just to workshop with the correspondents and contributors on how do do a convincing "reporter voice" while maintaining their own personality. It makes me long for the days of Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.



"Candidate's Wives": The candidates aren't the only ones under scrutiny, for the potential First Ladies cannot shy away from the limelight. Apparently the partners play a major part in the public's votes. Too bad we don't have much to go on, apart from some View appearances and a cookie scandal. I should also note that I would totally see Commander in Briefs, especially if it stars Jackée.



The night's guest was James McAvoy, promoting Wanted. Don't wear pants while watching this interview because they will get charmed off anyway. I've sat through many McAvoy film appearances, from Chronicles of Narnia to Atonement, scoffing at the swooning fangirls, fainting left and right. After this interview, I can kind of get what they were going on about. McAvoy was incredibly funny and, again: Pants. Charmed. Off. He had me at "Are you saying that no women with balls fancy me?" The discussion ranged from crazy directors to soccer hooligans to crack pipes. Also, I understood what Jon meant about the open-mouthed gape response to the film. During Comic-Con, I watched a few clips from the film, including the part where Angelina Jolie scoops up McAvoy in her spinning car. One of the guys behind the comic book version of film walked past me right when it happened, just in time to see me make the most ridiculous, twisted face of surprise. It was pretty embarrassing.



Jon/Stephen: Stephen Colbert did some Cookie Monster clean-up. I thought there was something a little "off" about Mr. Colbert, but it wasn't until The Colbert Report that we were given a close up look. Looks like he busted part of his nose, requiring stitches, and got a little bruising under his eyes. Bar fight or the most ineffective nose job ever? Well, there was absolutely no explanation and the curiosity is killing me. Someone needs to ask him at a pre-show Q&A. Or maybe it was something so embarrassing that he can't talk about it. Considering how he doesn't seem to have any problem showing footage of himself slipping, falling, and breaking his wrist in front of a hundred-some people, that's kind of crazy.

Speaking of which, it's been almost exactly one year, to the day, since his wrist accident. I don't want to think about what he's going to break next year. Poor fella. Oh, oh! The accident must have happened between Thursday's show and Monday... And he hosted that Get Smart event at the Apple store... Steve Carell must have punched him in the face! It's the only logical explanation! Perhaps I should stop wildly speculating, but I'm keeping my eye on YouTube for grainy cell phone video of this, just in case.



Moment of Zen: All for George Carlin, of course.

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Karen

All this conversation about Obama and McCain--what a waste of time! Can't we spend some time talking about how frightfully attractive and charming James McAvoy was? How pleasantly he got along with Jon? How lilting and lovely his Scots accent is?

Sheesh.

June 24 2008 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jo

Agreed. I've been waiting the whole day for someone to comment on the wonderful James McAvoy. I've watched that interview 3 times over the course of today. "Pants. Charmed. Off." - you put it perfectly, Annie.

I've started thinking in his Scottish accent now, which actually isn't so bad of a thing...

June 24 2008 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillBash

I don't know Annie, the most obvious reason would be that the bears finally managed to get to Colbert, don't you think?

^^;

June 24 2008 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

Poor Stephen. I won't be able to sleep until I find out what happened and know that he is all right.

June 24 2008 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

Wow I like the fact that NO ONE seems to know what Obama really said. He didn't take anything back, he never promised he would take the money.

John McCain on the other hand said he would take it, than he didn't once he started winning, then he did starting 5 minutes after Obama said he wouldn't. The only reason why McCain gets away with that is because he was a Vet 167 years ago, and that he wrote the law, and the loopholes in the law.

June 24 2008 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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