together at the Paley Center for a panel discussion last night. The event was
moderated by David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, who did a stunning job of
keeping the mood light and the boys in line.
- As each of the panelists introduced themselves, only the correspondents
(Wyatt Cenac & John Oliver) got applause, a fact that the other writers
promptly chided the audience for.
- David Remnick remarked on his time as a guest on the show, during which he
was told, "Don't try to be funny. That's Jon's job." The writers in response:
"We get that, too."
- The question they're all sick of hearing: How will the show be affected by
Obama being chosen as president? Wasn't Bush a better target? When Remnick
described Obama as "not hilarious," John Oliver quipped, "Is that the official
New Yorker position?"
- Wyatt Cenac thinks Obama's big weakness is improvising, but he can do
pretty much anything else including "drain 3 pointers." Writer Rory Albanese
called Cenac out for being racist, to which Cenac replied, "That's not racist.
Trust me. That's just a skill that all black people have."
- Producer Adam Lowitt's job is mainly sifting through tons of footage every
morning at 7 am to find clips for the show. This is particularly hard because
"free breakfast isn't until 9."
- John Oliver on attending the Democratic rally for a field piece: "It was
strange being at a moment of genuine history with the sole purpose of
- A particularly pushy audience member asked if Jon Stewart is planning on
taking over for Letterman, to which one of the writers responded that he's
actually got his eyes on Rachael Ray.
- One audience member asked John Oliver if he was the voice of the Geico
gecko, to which he responded "We all sound the same to you, don't we?"
- Another audience question: What advice do you have for aspiring comedy
writers? Executive producer DJ Javerbaum's answer: "Law is a bright and shining
throughout the panel. They also spoke on the day-to-day workings of the show,
the most tense interview in the history of the show (surprisingly, Jennifer Love
Hewitt), and the importance of Stewart's charm and personality for the show.
Overall, the event was both informative and hilarious, much like The Daily Show
itself. It's not bad that I get all my news from there,