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Ask 'Daily Show' Executive Producer Rory Albanese a Question

by Jason Newman, posted Jun 28th 2010 5:00PM
For many, watching 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' has become a nightly ritual on par with brushing your teeth. The show's insightful mix of sarcasm and satire is one of the few programs that directly calls out politicians (on both sides), the media and anyone else whose hypocrisy outweighs their efficiency, while never forgetting that the program is, first and foremost, a comedy show.

Executive Producer Rory Albanese is one of the reasons you laugh as hard as you do four nights a week. The 33-year old has been juggling the dual jobs of 'Daily Show' employee and stand-up comedian for over a decade and recently released his first 'Comedy Central Presents' special.

While the Emmy award-winning producer is currently hard at work on a film script with 'Daily Show' correspondent John Oliver, he agreed to take some time to answer some reader questions.

Here's a rare chance to ask one of the minds behind 'The Daily Show' anything you want. Submit a question for Albanese in the comments below by July 5 at 12PM ET. Don't forget to include your name and city, and check back here on July 12 to see if your question was used. Admirers and detractors both welcome.

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Angie Abbott Ellings

how come now days 90% of the people on tv have horrible lisps you cant hardly understand them for all the slurs

October 09 2011 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Angie Abbott Ellings

why is it now days 90% of people on tv have a horrible lisp you cant hardly understand them for all the slur sounds

October 09 2011 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

Hey Rory, two-parter - do you think Brett Favre is really going to return to Minnesota for one more season? I mean, he didn't get ankle surgery for nothing, right? And the fact that he's throwing with those high school kids again has gotta say something. So, assuming he does (foregone conclusion at this point), how do you like the Vikings chances of going all the way this year? I'm thinking early favorites.

Also, as this may be relevant - is it alright if I asked this two days after the deadline?

Dan, Milwaukee

July 08 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Newman

Hi Rory,

Can you describe your average day -- if it exists -- on The Daily Show in terms of putting the show together? Thanks!

Bob, Cleveland

July 01 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Newman

How much of the show does Jon Stewart himself write versus the writers?

June 30 2010 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Newman

According to Jezebel, the atmosphere in the writers' room is unfriendly to women (or to quote Jon S. from last night, he's a "sexist prick"). What's your response to that and do you think the show's target audience (namely 18-35 y.o.men) influence that, or is it the other way around - the demographic of the writers yield that audience?

June 30 2010 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Newman

Hi Rory,

I was always curious as to how you guys are always able to put together the perfect compilation on a particular subject? Do you have a special computer program that has every piece of video already indexed or is there some savant who you can say, "We need footage of every time a politician mentions 'oil clean up'"? Thanks!

Julie from Pittsburgh

June 30 2010 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephen

Have any of the politicians that have been lambasted on the show responded to you, Jon or any members of the crew in private? Is there any criteria for what you wouldn't make fun of or is everything fair game?

June 29 2010 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Why can't people outside America watch the streaming episodes online any more? You weighed up the options and decided you needed more money and less fans? Hmm?

June 29 2010 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shamir

How does "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" divy up daily content that occurs. Is there a process between the writers of the two shows to ensure that similar jokes aren't made on the same hot subjects of the day? Interested in the relationship between the two shows as it relates to content/material.

Shamir from Ottawa, Canada

June 29 2010 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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