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The Daily Show: July 21, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 22nd 2008 12:44PM
Wyatt Cenac"Obama Quest: The Legend Begins": I guess the political comedy world has decided that the go-to digs on Barack Obama will be about the pressures of his golden boy image. Unfortunately, I can't say my middle school days were spent quite the same way, dealing with people making fun of how awesome I am. There are definitely worse ways to be mocked, is what I'm saying. Anyway, Mr. Obama has made his way to the Middle East for the first time, providing the Daily Show graphics department with the opportunity to make the most freakin' epic clip to accompany the report. Awesome. This trip also gave the media a chance to eagerly await a major cross-cultural faux pas. As it turns out, Obama has fangirls and fanboys all over the world.

Even Larry Wilmore, Rob Riggle, John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac are all Obama fanboys. This was amazing. I laughed especially hard at the way grinning Wyatt popped into frame. Just when I thought it couldn't get even more amazing, Daily Show alumnus Ed Helms returned to talk about his boner for Obama ("Barack Oboner"). He even put on his glasses again, for old time's sake. Actually, I have spent the last two days running through the third season of The Office and I'm so pleased that Ed Helms is doing so well. I'm not so pleased that he wasted time on Meet Dave, but that can be repressed.

"Baruch Obama": Wyatt Cenac filed his first field report, finally. I saw an announcement that his report would be airing soon, but that was months and months ago. I wonder what happened. Maybe I was just hallucinating. Anyway, this was well worth the wait, because Wyatt did beautifully. It looks like he's already found his own style, which I think is super-important. I was also amused that his serious business face seemed to mean looking a little annoyed and sporting dead eyes.

The night's guest was Richard Bitner, author of Confessions of a Subprime Lender: An Insider's Tale of Greed, Fraud, and Ignorance. The discussion stayed totally on-topic, focusing on the super-interesting world of, uhh, subprime mortgages. To be perfectly honest, I had to watch the interview more than twice, because I kept zoning out. It wasn't Mr. Bitner's fault, though, because hearing "subprime mortgage" triggers a sleep response in me. It's almost Pavlovian.

Moment of Zen: Holy overuse of "holy", Batman! And I'm sure you guys have heard, but I must say ... The Dark Knight was awesome. Spoiler Alert: The Joker kills Dumbledore.

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Ouch, Annie. Definitely not one of the Chosen People, I see.

The Cenac field report was not about Sunday mid-morning meals, but about Jews--two things that often go together, I'll grant you. But it was not "Barunch Obama," it was "Baruch Obama," "baruch" being the Hebrew word for "blessed," which starts off all Hebrew prayers.

July 23 2008 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

HA! I definitely knew it was "Baruch", so I don't know why I typed "Barunch." I must have been hungry when I wrote that.

July 23 2008 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, what a great episode last night. I don't think I've laughed so hard at a Daily Show (and I do love the program) in a long, long time. Everyone was spot on - Cenac is definitely coming into his own - the old Jewish couples fighting in front of him (and the man wisely saying "you're just going to edit this to make fun of us") was priceless. Dead on hits against the media's salaciously praying for an Obama mistake.

While I'm no Obamamaniac, here's my favorite new joke (not heard on TDS):
How are Osama and Obama alike?
Republicans can't catch either one.

July 22 2008 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

My personal favorite is "Barack me, Obamadeus", even though it's not really a joke-joke.

July 22 2008 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I had a good feeling with Wyatt and it's nice to see that you are finally on board with me.

And about The Dark Knight:

Awesome! The most awesomest Batman movie ever. And I say that having seen the original Batman in 1989 twice - the only movie I ever saw twice in my whole life. Heath Ledger is the most awesome Joker ever.


(I could go on with the awesome but I guess I would bore everyone)

July 22 2008 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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