CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart came, it saw, and one last time, on Friday night it kicked Charlottes you-know-what.
Before and during the last installment of the Comedy Central series four-night stand at ImaginOn, the hosts news team got in some parting shots at the city it called home for the duration of the Democratic National Convention.
Im going to miss what I call Charlotte Magic, said Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi. Prompted by Stewart to explain, Mandvi said: Well, that so many fit, beautiful, seemingly healthy people eat the worlds most appalling diets. For breakfast, I had a pulled pork, egg and tobacco burrito. These people should be dead, Jon.
Correspondent John Oliver piled on: I will never forget Charlotte. Southern people are bigger-hearted and kinder than I had any right to expect. And frankly, Jon, I cannot wait to get on a plane and get the (expletive) out of here. Im a New Yorker now. Ive been here almost a whole week and almost forgotten how asphalt marinated in other peoples urine smells.
Stewart garnered plenty of laughs during the episode titled: Hope and Change 2: Electric Do-Over-Galoo with one segment poking fun at President Obamas acceptance speech and another skewering Fox News. But it was the locally flavored jokes by his staff that seemed to tickle the crowd most.
During a Q&A session with Oliver, Mandvi, Al Madrigal and Jessica Williams before the show, Oliver was asked by an audience member for impressions of Charlotte.
You have some of the hardest, fastest rain that Ive ever seen, the Brit said. Its quite bamboozling. Youre walking along and thinking, What a lovely day, and the next thing you know therell be a black thunderstorm raining down on you. I dont really understand how it works.
Oliver also was showered with boos (for the second time of the week) for his notorious putdown of Carolina barbecue, which he claimed to hate.
Youre like a bad guy in professional wrestling, Mandvi said. Then Oliver came clean: I had some, and it was absolutely delicious. I just like to annoy people, and its worked more effectively than I thought it would.
One of the more crowd-pleasing pre-show moments? Stewart knocking two boorish frat boys in the audience one of whom had his cellphone confiscated by security before the show down to size.
During the Q&A session with Stewart, one clumsily asked the host about his UNC days and what he thought about fraternities. He didnt get the answer he was looking for.
Uh, for the record, I didnt go to UNC, Stewart said, before digging into the guys. And college fraternities? I was in one for six months before I realized that the artifice and forced camaraderie was no substitute for actual friendship.
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