CHARLOTTE, N.C. Samantha Bee, a longtime correspondent with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, sat down with Observer reporter Cristina Bolling after Tuesday night’s taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The show is taping this week at ImaginOn children’s theater. It airs at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.
Cristina Bolling: You were easy on Charlotte, I thought, compared to how you treated Tampa. Was it hard to find ways to lampoon us?
Samantha Bee: Oh, it’s never hard. You can’t come into a city and treat it nicely. That’s more the Today Show. That’s their world. I thought we took some solid shots at Charlotte. We’ll have to try harder tomorrow. (Laughs)
CB: So what are your impressions of Charlotte?
SB: Well so far I’ve been very much in a perimeter so I have not really had the chance to explore, but I have spent time in North Carolina before and I’ve always thought of it as the place I would like to retire. It’s like Canada (where she’s from). It’s very green like Canada, but without the Canada part. It’s the Canada of America.
CB: You’ve covered several conventions. Is it more fun to cover the Republicans, or the Democrats?
SB: It’s just very, um, different. I wouldn’t use the word “fun.” It’s really hard work but in a different way in each place. And it’s always very rewarding but in a very different way.
CB: I loved it when (during a show covering the DNC in Tampa) last week you got kicked out of a women’s pampering pavilion.
SB: You mean the Woman Up? Woman Up! Yeah, we got kicked out – by a man.
CB: Have you gotten kicked out of anywhere here yet?
SB: I have not gotten kicked out (here). But you know I did pretty much expect they would kick me out of the Woman Up pavilion. I haven’t really gone anywhere (in Charlotte ) where I had that expectation, but we’ll see. Never say never.
CB: One more thing. I read somewhere that you and your husband (fellow Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones) met doing children’s theater.
SB: And here we are at the ImaginOn!
CB: So is it bringing back any memories?
SB: I just wish there was a tiny curtain that we could change behind and put on giant hamburger cases on our heads. It just feels so familiar to us. That is really our wheelhouse. We came here and were like, “I know what to do! Let me get some colorful tights on!”