I have been on the Daily Show’s teat, so to speak, for 11 years now. Yeah, I feel special because I have been watching it for a long time. I admit it. It is one of the few things that helps reinforce the reality that millions of people “get it,” which is hard to come by in small town South Carolina. But what intrigues me the most; not even intrigues, but rather, mystifies me, are the interviews.
How in the hell do they get the interviews?
Tonight, Steven Colbair, formerly of The Daily Show, interviewed this robust white guy. In the midst of the interview, he says: “So, you’re a member of the NAACP and of NOW. So, are you an African American, or are you an African American woman?”
The guy is befuddled. HOW do they get past these people. Seriously. How do they schedule the interviews without the gatekeeper figuring out that the interview is full satire? Are the interviewees along for the ride? It doesn’t ever seem to me that they are, but the joke is SOOO good, that I wonder. Once the reveal is made, how does one sustain the masquerade?
We should ask the woman who perfected the Faux Interview, Beth Littleford. Let’s give props where props are due. The first time I ever saw her on The Daily Show, I fell in love with her. This woman is fricking hilarious. Ms. Littleford, if you are reading, how do you get the interview? How?
Recently, Gov. Rod Blagojevich was interviewed about contraceptives for the Daily Show. Of course they hilariously made fun of his name among other things. Afterwards, he said he “didn’t realize the Daily Show was a comedy news show.” I still can’t believe this!!! The pharmacist they interviewed in the same segment even knew what the Daily Show was. I’m glad its working though. It does make for deliciously funny TV!
Mark Buban says
How about Colbert’s White House Press luncheon performance? I love it! Virtually ignored by the Sun-Times and the Tribune until Sunday’s “Controversy” section…no doubt they were feeling it from the blogs of many ripping them a new one! Liberal media my ass! More like sheep media! We needs some dogs from Pink Floyd’s “Animals” to shake some shit up! They’ll get after the sheep! Can you dig it?