Tuesday, February 9, 2010


So, I am in NYC for the first time. Originally it was supposed to be a quick trip, but the oncoming snow might strand me here for a while. I flew in on Monday, and was supposed to fly to DC Tuesday night. On Monday I find out that the office I am visitng on Tuesday is closed until Thursday. Which means, I don't need to go to DC anylonger. So, I cancel flights and hotels (to be honest, work did it, not me) and get a flight out for early Wed. Hoping to beat the snow. Shortly after that flight is booked, it gets canceled, and now I am on a 10 AM flight out. I tried getting out today, but all flights were full.

Though, that meant I got to bum around NY a bit.

Which means, I got to go to the Daily Show. Which.Was.Awesome. My wonderful wife, went online and signed me up for a ticket, almost right away I got the email that I was on the list. It was 3 PM and I needed to be in line by 4, so I had to truck it about 15 blocks. I made it on time, and waited in line. Security comes through and let's you know as long as your name is on the list, you should get tickets. They always overbook, so the audience is full. Though tonight, everyone got in, even the people who didn't put in for tickets. While in line they have different people come out, and give you the rules. No pictures, turn your cell phones off, laugh and clap but don't yell out, or they remove you. They let us know that Jon will do a Q and A before the show, but don't ask him for anything. I waited in line for about an hour and a half, and finally got in. Everyone files through a metal detector.

The studio is not that big. I think I heard them say that it seats 200. The set is no more than what you see. The desk and background. Right next to the desk is the green screen where the "reporters" do their standups. Before the show starts a guy comes out to warm up the croud. Tonight is was Paul Mercurio. He talks about how the audience needs to laugh, as they don't have a laugh track. He hits on some girl, and mocks someone else. Then they bring Jon out. He did about 10 minutes of Q and A. He was really comfortable and open. You can tell he has been doing this awhile, and comes off as just a guy, not Jon Stewart. One interesting question was about his interview on O'Riely, and whose idea it was to put the entire interview up uncut on the internet. He said that it was a condition he had in order to do the interview. He had a feeling that the cut that aired might not be an honest portrail. They then kick off the show. Once they get into the show, it pretty much runs as you see it. They do a section and go to commercial. The commercial portion is a longer break, while they transition. They pump music into the room, and after a song, they get back into the show.

Tonights guest was Newt Gingrich. Which was cool, as he always has spirited discussion with political figures. After running through is alloted interview time, and throwing it to commercial, he continued to interview Newt for another ten minutes, which they will put online.

Overall a very cool experience.


Austin said...

Interesting. The Daily Show is great, and I've always enjoyed my time in New York City. I've never enjoyed the prices of everything though. It makes Alaska seem affordable.

Erik said...

A great way to spend extra time in NYC. Sounds like you had a blast. I would love to get back up there some time, I've never had a better experience in my life than the first time I was in New York.

Mr Blume said...

Austin-- That is why you travel to NY for work, then they pay for things.

Erik-- I really lucked out getting into the daily show. NY seems like the type of city you could go to 20 times and do something different each time. I am happy to have made it home, but part of me wanted to get snowed in, so I could spend the day exploring.