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Clinton's speech, campaign catchphrases get 'Daily Show' treatment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Thursday night’s taping of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” used its third day of coverage from Charlotte to focus on the gaffes so far in the Democratic National Convention. Charlotte got off easy.

One of the highlights of the show, titled “Hope and Change 2: Let’s Get Fooled Again” was a mock President Barack Obama campaign biographical film voiced-over by Larry David called “Barack Obama: It Could Have Been Worse.”

The video hung on catchphrases for the campaign such as: “Less Bad > More Bad,” and “It’s Better Than Cancer.” It was similar to the Romney bio film the show aired in Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention.

Stewart excessively praised former President Bill Clinton’s use of numbers in his speech Wednesday night (juxtaposing the Republican’s lack of hard statistics in some of their speeches with Clinton’s number-heavy address) while making fun of the length of Clinton’s speech.

“This was not the event I wanted to go into overtime,” Stewart quipped. “It had more false endings than a James Brown concert. ... Don’t stop talking about tomorrow because it’s a half-hour from now.”

Thursday’s audience was treated to another preshow question-and-answer session with correspondents and Stewart. Previous audiences only had the chance to ask Stewart questions.

Stewart again praised Charlotteans for our warmth: “You’re the nicest people. It’s really kind of annoying,” he said.

In the dialogue with correspondents, John Oliver was grilled by an audience member about Wednesday night’s show where Oliver said he hated local barbecue.

“There was this wave of surprise, then anger,” Oliver recalled from the previous night’s audience. When he again put down North Carolina barbecue, saying it was worse than Texas barbecue, Korean barbecue or no barbecue, the crowd yelled.

“Those ‘boos’ are like the sound of James Taylor’s voice to me,” he said. “So sweet.”

And the slurs against Tampa continued Thursday. “I’m from Tampa and I hate it so much that now I am from Charlotte,” said correspondent Aasif Mandvi.

“The Daily Show” tapes its last show Friday from the ImaginOn. It airs at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.

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