Nancy Walls. Starting at the same time as Carell, Nancy Walls met Steve at Second City in Chicago where he was teaching a class. Not long after, she had a brief stint on SNL as a performer, and she and Steve got married; making them one only two married couples to be correspondents on TDS (along with Samantha Bee and Jason Jones). They are not, however, the only correspondents to be related, thanks to Corddry brothers Rob and Nate. Post-Daily Show, she had a recurring role as Carell’s love interest Carol on The Office, and has also appeared in his films The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. She has also lent her voice to Mike Judge cartoon, The Goode Family.
Watch Nancy Walls report on important dates to keep in mind for the month of December.
Vance DeGeneres. “DeGeneres like Ellen?” Yes, actually. Older brother Vance, a former Marine Corporal, played in a succession of rock bands, including The Cold and Cowboy Mouth, after finishing his term with the military. He also provided the hands in the popular Mr. Bill shorts shown on SNL. After his tenure with The Daily Show, he has since done a lot of work co-running Steve Carell’s company, Carousel Productions, for Warner Brothers. He appears in Carell's film, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and has been on his sis Ellen’s show several times.
Here’s Vance reporting on inveterate presidential hopeful, Charles Doty.
Miriam Tolan. Serving a short 14 episode run on The Daily Show over the course of a year, Tolan’s oeuvre is that of a character actress, and has been featured doing sketches and bit parts on Upright Citizens Brigade, Human Giant, The Office, 30 Rock, Delocated, The Dictator, Childrens Hospital (with TDS alum Rob Corddry), Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, and has been in many sketches for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Check out Miriam Tolan talking about identity confusion in cats.
Lauren Weedman. Starting in 2001, Lauren Weedman served only about a year, but has continued the trend of humor journalism since, appearing on several of VH1’s “I Love The…” franchise, as well as having a stint as a Best Week Ever panelist. She has appeared on Arrested Development and New Girl and was also a series regular on Showtime’s gigolo comedy, Hung.
Watch Lauren Weedman talk about the realities of Sex And The City.
Matt Walsh. Walsh is something of a comedy legend, thanks to being a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch troupe which spawned a TV show, gave the world Amy Poehler, and three fantastic comedy venues between NY and LA. In many ways, his one-year stint as a Daily Show correspondent is just a footnote on his impressive comedy career. He has made an impressive career out of many bit parts in countless TV shows and films. He’s appeared on Reno 911!, Human Giant, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Role Models, Semi-Pro, Ted, and genuinely way more than I could count here. He also bears the distinction of having been in every single Todd Phillips movie, except The Hangover Part II. He currently costars as Mike McClintock on HBO’s Veep.
Check out Matt Walsh reporting on the proposal to dump nuclear waste in Nevada.
Mary Birdsong. Birdsong was only briefly a contributing correspondent in 2002, but her resume is definitely an impressive one. She started out doing theater and as a singer in the country band Cottonhead. Her career, other than a role she had as a voiceover for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, only took off once she left The Daily Show. She briefly transitioned to a correspondent on the short-lived debate show, Crossballs, and did a couple stints as characters on Adult Swim cartoons Stroker & Hoop and Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law (with Stephen Colbert). Following that, she became a series regular on Comedy Central’s Reno 911!, where she received praise for her comedic chops as Dep. Cherisha Kimball. A breakout film role for her came recently, with Alexander Payne’s The Descendents, in which she plays supporting role Kai Mitchell, opposite Rob Heubel.
Here is Mary navigating the negotiations between birdwatchers and model plane enthusiasts.