September 5, 2012

Jon Stewart skewers checkpoint Charlotte

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart taped the second episode in its Charlotte run Wednesday, ribbing the city for its miles of barricades and multiple checkpoints during a sketch that had its correspondents “reporting in” from behind wire fences all over Charlotte, unable to get into the convention center to cover the news.

Correspondent Samantha Bee (actually in front of a green screen) reported from a closed checkpoint at Church and West 10th streets, while fellow reporter Jessica Williams (also in front of a green screen) also had no luck at Church and Third.

Reporter Jason Jones (actually on location), wearing a bike helmet and weighed down by a pile of credential tags, was in the worst spot of all - standing in the middle of a Charlotte street in a tiny cage made of fence.

“The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea has a lot of security. This is insane,” Bee quipped. The crowd roared.

Wednesday night’s episode, titled “Hope and Change 2: It’s Less Weird Than If He Didn’t Run” featured a segment taped Tuesday in the convention center poking the Democrats for their use of the word “tolerance.”

The hallmark of The Daily Show is its correspondents’ ability to get interview subjects to say things that are ridiculous, to expose hypocrisy. The actual questions asked are often not shown, but it makes for entertaining television.

The Democrats “are so inclusive, we even let the redneck freaks in,” one delegate said. Some audience members cringed.

Stewart’s guest Wednesday was U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who playfully sparred with Jon over whether having more women in Congress would make it more effective.

As he does before every show, Stewart held a question-and-answer segment with the audience.

Wednesday, he again praised Charlotte for its hospitality and cleanliness. “This city is unbelievably livable. Have you seen New York City?” he asked the crowd. “I’ve been here three days and I haven’t smelled any urine.”

He again railed on Tampa, where the show spent last week taping during the Republican National Convention. “If you walked out of (the hotel) at night, an alligator could eat you,” he said.

The Daily Show is taping from the ImaginOn through Friday. It airs at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.

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