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The Daily Show: August 13, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 14th 2008 2:01PM
Jon StewartThis particular episode of The Daily Show was super extra Chinese, but you guys get an extra layer of Chinese via this review written by me. That makes you special. The only way to push it even further would be for me to write this completely in Chinese. Consider yourselves lucky that I'm too embarrassed to write like that, as my Chinese vocabulary and syntax reads like that of a five year-old's.

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The Daily Show: August 12, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 13th 2008 12:39PM
Rob Riggle"Anti-Olympic Update": Instead of using sports as a metaphor for war, Russia has been juggling the Olympics and attacks on neighbor Georgia. I can never get enough of The Daily Show's graphics department. Just check out that hardcore anti-Olympic intro with the rings of doom. Jon Stewart got a lot of applause for that "Oh, war... It's just God's way of teaching Americans geography." Does it count as stealing if the joke is super, super old and reasonably well-known already?

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The Daily Show: August 11, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 12th 2008 12:38PM
Rob Riggle"Super News Blaster Breaking News Update": Reminding grumpy Republicans everywhere that the Daily Show considers the unfaithful on both sides of the aisle fair game, the show took on the latest sex scandal to rock the Hill. As it turns out, the allegations about Senator John Edwards having an affair with his former videographer were true. True! Over the weekend, I was briefly intrigued, but then found myself staring intently at her interesting fashion choices. I recall seeing her in a black top with a sequined peace sign at one point. Classy. As for me, superficial? Boy, am I!

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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.

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The Daily Show: July 31, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 1st 2008 12:23PM
Daily Show"Dick Move of the Week": John McCain has been making more news with one of his new attack ads against Barack Obama, in which he calls Obama out for being an attention-seeking celebrity, just like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. That's not the bad part though. That honor goes to the fact that Paris' parents support McCain and have sent thousands of dollars for his campaign. Smooth move, my man. Smooth move.

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The Daily Show: July 28, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 29th 2008 1:25PM
Oliver and Riggle"Easy, Pal... for the US Army": Sometimes I forget that there are still people that are scared of homosexuals, especially in the military. Thanks, Daily Show, for reminding of the existence of Elaine "Passive-Agressive Behavior" Donnelly and company. Congress recently had a hearing about gays in the military and the ever-popular "don't ask, don't tell" policy. This was almost as hilarious as whenever I see groups of straight guy-friends go to the movies together and sit with empty seats between each other so they won't be tempted to hold hands or something. Yeah, super-gay hand-holding is definitely worse than alcoholics and convicted felons. Icky.

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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.

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The Daily Show: July 15, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 16th 2008 1:42PM
Pierce BrosnanAmerica's terrorist watch list just hit the 1,000,000 mark. Yay! Sort of. Not really. Jon pointed out that Nelson Mandela was only recently removed from the watch list. He said it in a way like Mandela had no business being on the watch list on the first place, which I thought was a bit unfair. Sure, striking Mandela from the list was a move that probably should have happened over twenty years ago and his motivation was anti-apartheid, but once a guy has been the leader of a sabotage against his own government and military, that kind of makes the big boys of other countries nervous about having him around too. I'm just saying.

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Has Daily Show withdrawal kicked in yet? - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 11th 2008 6:39PM
TDS correspondents
We are nearing the end of The Daily Show's two-week hiatus, but I'm suffering from a serious case of the political commentary shakes. In a desperate attempt to curb my withdrawal symptoms, I spent most of July 4th cracking jokes about the FISA Bill, but nobody wanted to hear it and drowned me out with lots of Roman Candles and exploding beer cans. Hopefully, other fans have been coping better than I have, but just in case you aren't, here are a few things to hold you over a few more days.

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The Daily Show: May 27, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted May 28th 2008 11:42AM
Rob RiggleRejoice! The Daily Show is finally back, after an extra long break. I've been absolutely dying to hear the show's take on Hillary Clinton's Robert F. Kennedy remark. I know Keith Olbermann would have none of it and was so furious during his Special Comment on the issue that he bust a lightbulb.

The show started off lightly though, with a couple of jokes directed at the pre-show Q&A audience members. Once Jon Stewart urges you to marry your girlfriend on national television, it's probably about time to seal the deal.

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The Daily Show: May 8, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted May 9th 2008 11:41AM
Jon Stewart"You Don't Know Dick": It's about time for another segment! I was worried they had run out of wacky things about our VP. The Today Show's Meredith Vieira stopped by Dick Cheney's house, which doesn't look quite as pixelated in person, to show the world just how rich and creepy his home is. Abandoned children's toys and lonely swings aren't exactly inviting images. The most amusing part of this was not the sneak peek at the Cheney household (although I'm sure you loved it), but the sheer terror evident in the audience's reactions to any mention of "nude, pixelated Cheney genitalia". That's actually the name of my new emo band.

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The Daily Show: April 29, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 30th 2008 9:41AM
TDS"Land of the Spree": Grand Theft Auto IV was finally released and gun-wielding crazies took the streets in droves and... very politely waited in line in an orderly manner. Senior Virtual Correspondent Aasif Mandvi reported live from Liberty City to giddily talk about the chaos and loss of life throughout the game. There is nothing better than wreaking havoc in a virtual replica of the city you live in, apparently.

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The Daily Show: April 24, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 25th 2008 7:38AM
John and JonJon must have had some overenthusiastic audience members who didn't have anything better to do all day but wait in line for the Daily Show. Just for the record, you normally don't have to wait earlier than 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. to get the first spots in the queue. However, if crazy 10:00-ers happen to come on the same day, then you're out of luck, at least in terms of getting the "hardcore fan" bragging rights of being first in line. It doesn't necessarily guarantee the best seats in the house, as I had to find out the hard way.

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The Daily Show: April 16, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 17th 2008 11:21AM
Chris Meloni"Pope in America: Blessed Week Ever": As promised... Popewatch! The Pope is in America and the media has been going absolutely nuts. Their fawning descriptions of Pope Benedict have been appropriately Pope-ish. The intensity of this coverage confused Jon though, as he was still under the impression that the Jews ran the media. I think my favorite part of that JNN clip was the crawl along the bottom. "Weather: Chilly, wear a jacket.... Eat up! You're skin and bones.... Next door neighbor a doctor... A doctor!.... Oil $110 a barrel, but for you $90.... Rachel Weisz: She's a Jew you know..."

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The Daily Show: April 7, 2008 - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 8th 2008 11:01AM
Nathan Lane"Hot Mess": Ahh! Olympic fever is catching hold. The famous Torch attempted to make its epic journey through various lands pain-free, only to have protesters and crazy people totally ruin everything. In Paris, France, things got so bad that the police decided to shut it all down and just throw the torch in a car and speed off. And then Jon gave us a quick little history factoid when he shared that the Torch tradition was started under Hitler's regime. His message to France: "Way to sh*t on Hitler's legacy".

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