CHARLOTTE, N.C. The cast and crew of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” are setting up shop in the ImaginOn children’s library and theater this weekend, prepping for four shows sure to spotlight the comically absurd aspects of the Democratic National Convention – and deliver a good dose of ribbing to the Queen City.
The Emmy-winning Comedy Central fake news show will broadcast four packed-house shows from Charlotte beginning Tuesday. “The Daily Show” aired last week from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and if those broadcasts are any indication, we can expect Stewart and his team to poke some fun at our, ahem, less attractive sides.
On Tuesday’s broadcast from Tampa, correspondent John Oliver called Tampa “a wind and rain-soaked foreclosed shell of itself” teeming with meth users.
Jason Jones did an interview with Stewart while getting a lap dance at a strip club (or at least a green-screen backdrop of one), poking fun at the city’s multitude of topless joints.
“Jon, I’m here in Tampa’s famous strip club district. Or as they call it here, Tampa,” Jones quipped. (He blamed the city’s moral fall on the Obama administration.)
Then, correspondent Samantha Bee was shown being carried out of a Waffle House in the grasp of a giant insect – “what locals assure me,” she said, “is a juvenile palmetto bug.”
No matter the digs Stewart and his team take at Charlotte, he’s got plenty of love here.
Producers made 450 tickets available online in April for each half-hour show, and all were snatched up within an hour. A Comedy Central spokeswoman says there will be a standby line before the 6 p.m. tapings, although there are no guarantees that those in the lines will get in.
‘Stewart stalkers’ plan strategy
A group of 20-some “Stewart stalkers” have been meeting regularly – and even launched a website, stalkingstewart.com/ – to brainstorm ways to entice Stewart to pop into the FABO Cafe on Selwyn Avenue for a cup of coffee while he’s in town.
The show last week released its guest list for the Charlotte broadcasts. Tuesday will feature broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will appear, and Thursday will feature economist Austan Goolsbee. No guests are scheduled for Friday because the convention will have wrapped up and attendees will be heading home, a Comedy Central spokeswoman said.
The show, which airs at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central, is bringing more than 100 cast and crew to Charlotte, and has rented ImaginOn for close to $100,000. The facility will be closed to the public during the convention.