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The Daily Show: August 7, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 8th 2008 1:38PM
Jon and JohnLast month, the show talked about Iraq's Prime Minister literally giving money away on the streets. As it turns out, they can afford to do this because the country has a multi-billion dollar budget surplus. Senior Financial Expert John Oliver stopped by to talk about what the Iraqis could do with their money, apart from rolling around in it, Scrooge McDuck style. I believe he made this joke a million times better with that jaunty little bounce. John and Jon proceeded to try and push their products, Alpacas and commemorative First Lady plates, respectively. These guys really need to fight more often.

"The News Better Run: Rob Riggle": It's a shame that this wasn't as long -- or didn't seem as long -- as Samantha Bee's profile. Rob Riggle is at his funniest when he's incredibly, incredibly overaggressive, so this had plenty of great moments. From riding the top of the news van like a warrior, typing with his guns, and angrily breathing over Brian Williams' shoulder, this profile was absolutely perfect. There was also a fantastic clip of Rob as Rob Thunder, a local news weatherman with throwing stars, a hardcore moustache and one messed up mullet. I think that mullet may have been a ladies' wig, actually. Once again, I must push the DVD for Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, because Rob is amazing in his straight-ranting outtake. His improv work in this movie made me stop disliking him, I swear.

Ahh, heck. I'm just going to throw in a clip from Blackballed for good measure. This isn't the outtake, though, which you still have to grab the DVD to see.

The night's guest was David Gregory, NBC News' Chief White House Correspondent. The conversation turned into a discussion about the state of 24-hour news networks, poking fun at presidential coverage and what is considered Breaking News these days. Mr. Gregory did a pretty good job of rolling with it, throwing jokes in a situation where others may have struggled to defend themselves against Jon's critique. Nice work, Stretch.

"Chasing the Dragon": It might please you (and the people of China) to know that Rob Riggle has been working on some real, non-green screen Olympic reporting. "Aww, come on. I'm the biggest guy in the country!" Those special reports, beginning next week, will be interesting, if that linked picture of Rob with a rickshaw is any indication of what is to come. I expect more stealing of Chinese children, despite the one child rule.

Moment of Zen: $1.7 billion for Iraq seems a little... off now. But the real Moment of Zen should have been David Gregory busting a move:

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You know Annie you are a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow :-)

I would put emoticon-hearts here but this damn comment field eats everything that looks like a tag ;-)

August 08 2008 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh man that should TOTALLY have been the moment of Zen! That is AWESOME.

August 08 2008 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funniest part of Rob's profile to me was BriWi giving newsman props
to Rob while being chained to the desk. Unfortunately, the bottom
graphic obscured it, so I didnt catch it right away. But after seeing
it because of having noticed Brian trying to get free, his nervous
tone was hilarious.

I happened to read Rob's quote as the politician in AD, trying to
'save' Buster's life.

"I believe death is wrong in all of its forms. Except lethal
injection, but that's just as a deterrent against more death. ...
[later] ... Well, no one's killing Baby Buster on my watch. That is
unless, of course, it's as a penalty in a three-strike scenario."


I look forward to the reports from China next week. Hopefully I'll be
able to pocket a few chinese jokes to use in the future.

August 08 2008 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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