"The longer I spent time on The Daily Show, standing in front of a green screen pretending to report from war zones and hot spots around the world—most often from somewhere in the Middle East—the more I began to realize that The Daily Show was radicalizing me. I was being allowed to express the outrage that had lain dormant in me since the aftermath of September 11. I was becoming a terrorist of comedy … I was learning to fire missiles of satire across the basic cable airwaves and blow the minds of a million people."
- Aasif Mandvi looks back on getting hired on The Daily Show and his [...]
"As far as diversity's concerned, there's me, there's Al Madrigal, there's Aasif Mandvi. But I'm not walking around feeling black all the time. That would stress me out. It would make me crack. Some days I do feel that pressure of, 'What do I mean as a black woman? What am I representing?' It honestly just gives me anxiety. Ultimately, when I deliver something, a lot of times it will be from a black woman's perspective, but other times it will be just from a satirical, goofy perspective. I'm a young correspondent, so sometimes I'm just young. Sometimes I'm just straightforward. We have one of the most diverse casts out [...]
Last night, John Hodgman and his moustache were on The Daily Show to discuss the recent spate of high-profile hackings. He gives advice on how to protect your online identity (or Etsy store), and then "ziplines into the infocloud" to fight cybercriminals on their own turf. It's a turf that looks a whole lot like the original Tron's turf, but that's how you know it's authentic!
Punchline reported today that stand-up Al Madrigal will be The Daily Show's newest correspondent. The comedian and actor has co-starred along side Jay Mohr in Gary Unmarried and Welcome To The Captain with Jeffrey Tambor, as well as performed on Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and Conan. Madrigal will also be joining the Hank Azaria NBC show Free Agents along side Natasha Leggero and Mo Mandel. Madrigal will reportedly be filing a field report with long-time correspondent Jason Jones on tonight's show. Oh, that Moammar Gadhafi is going to get it so good.
Jon Stewart loves to wheel the ol' chalkboard out to highlight the absurdities of Glenn Beck's schtick, so it was only natural that he got into character last night. After all, Beck had just announced that his show on Fox is going to come to an end. Gotta give the guy a proper sendoff! One clip is above, and head over to the Daily Show website for the whole episode.