'Daily Show' mystery solved

Why on earth would anyone submit to being interviewed by the correspondents from The Daily Show when the subjects must know they’ll be mercilessly mocked before an audience of millions? The reasons are not that complicated, says Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee; most people will simply jump at the chance to be on TV, and they’re too polite to run screaming from the room once there’s a mic clipped to their lapel.

”I know it’s hard to believe, but I do think for most of them, it’s a pleasant experience,” Bee tells the Calgary Sun. ”It’s not a terrible time they’re having.” Maybe the terrible time comes later, when they’re watching, but I doubt it. Clearly, there are enough people out there with no capacity for embarrassment to keep The Daily Show (and 60 Minutes, and Da Ali G Show, and most of reality TV) in business for years to come.

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  • EP Sato

    The strength of Ali G Stemmed from the fact that most of these stiffs had no idea they were being made fun of.
    Many of them come to realize it halfway through the interview (the panelists usually seem to), others believe Ali G is real but decide to have fun with it ( Buzz Aldrin did in his interview), and the rest of them (Newt Gingrich, for example) actually believe someone that stupid can get their own show…actually, Astin Kutcher has proved that a high IQ is not a requirement for your own show, but I digress.
    EW itself that pointed to the fact Ali G is having touble producing the new season because too many people know who he is.
    As for the Daily Show, it’s not as mean spirited. Besides, while they might make people look foolish, these same people can later brag to their hipster friends that they were on Jon Stewart.
    And Gary, ever since the invention of TV there have been people desparate to make fools of themselves on the air, how else can you explain why game shows never run out of contestants?
    Signed, some guy who lost on Price is Right, got dumped on the real world, lost the audition for “Joe Schmoe”, AND who revealed embarrasing family secrets on 60 Minutes before my “best of the rejects” clip airs on “American Idol”

  • Melissa

    Steven Colbert interviewed my neighbor for “The Daily Show,” but my neighbor, who is elderly, had never seen or heard of the show. They told him that it was a “news show” and that’s all. He was totally not expecting the kinds of questions he got. That said, he had a sense of humor about it and did not mind.

  • Esther Kustanowitz

    I always wondered why people talked to the Daily Show. Now I don’t wonder anymore. I just thank God that they do.

  • anthony sinibaldi

    if your being mocked by the daily show then chances are you dserve to be mocked

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