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'Daily Show' welcomes new correspondent in appropriately meta segment -- VIDEO

As of yesterday, the best damn news team in America has a new member: Jordan Klepper, an Upright Citizens Brigade veteran who happens to look a lot like the vast majority of SNL‘s new featured players (read: blandly handsome; white). The Daily Show — which, in the fairly recent past, has come under fire for a lack of onscreen and behind-the-scenes diversity — made a joke of this in Klepper’s very first segment Monday night, naming him the program’s new Senior Caucasian Correspondent. And naturally, the self-referential humor didn’t stop there.

Theoretically, Klepper’s Caucasian-ness made him the perfect choice for a piece focusing on the situation in Crimea. In practice, the poor guy was so nervous that he ended up turning the entire segment into a self-conscious commentary on his own situation as a new member of the Daily Show family — culminating in a fourth-wall busting act that might have gotten Klepper the ax if, you know, it hadn’t been planned. Nicely done, Jordan; we’re sure Dad is very proud of you this morning.


'The Daily Show': Get to know new correspondent Jordan Klepper before tonight's debut -- VIDEO


The Daily Show welcomes Upright Citizens Brigade performer Jordan Klepper as its new correspondent tonight, but before the comedian reports “live” from the Ukraine and joins fellow correspondents Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessica Williams on the Jon Stewart-hosted show, let’s get to know him a little more, shall we?

Klepper mastered his comedic skills in Chicago, where he was an original member of the long-running shows Whirled News Tonight, The Late Night Late Show, and Beatbox. He performed in the Second City Improv All-Stars and toured the world with the Second City National Touring Company. At UCB, Klepper is a member of the Stepfathers team and performs and writes short films with comedian Laura Grey on their Klepper & Gray Tumblr. In addition to sketch and improv, Klepper has been a correspondent on the Big Ten Network for three seasons and can be seen on MTV’s I Just Want My Pants Back. Now, enjoy some of the comedian’s best bits, and watch The Daily Show Monday to Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central for more. READ FULL STORY

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