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'Daily Show' to Tape at Shakespeare Theatre Company

"The Daily Show with John Stewart" is set to tape four episodes at Sidney Harman Hall at The Shakespeare Theatre Company this October. The episodes will be a part of "Indecision 2010" and will air Oct. 25-28 at 11 PM ET on Comedy Central. For tickets to te tapings, visit www.thedailyshow.com.

The Daily Show is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program that takes a reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports and entertainment with an alternative point of view. In each show, anchorman Jon Stewart and a team of correspondents, including Aasif Mandvi, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, comment on the day's stories, employing actual news footage, taped field pieces, in-studio guests and on-the-spot coverage of important news events.

Created by Lizz Winstead and Madeleine Smithberg in 1996, The Daily Show was hosted by Craig Kilborn until 1999, when Jon Stewart took over the anchor's chair. Since then, The Daily Show has evolved into the sharpest, most incisive satire of politics and the media on television.

In 2000, The Daily Show was on the scene in Florida with coverage of the never-ending recount that brought the world President George W. Bush. Soon after, Jon succeeded in facing down one of his most difficult challenges as an anchor, delivering a stirring, poignant, 10 minute address in his first show back after September 11, which was followed closely by the beginning of The Daily Show's darkly comic Iraq War coverage, Mess O'Potamia, in 2003.

The 2004 election was a defining moment for The Daily Show, with its first live broadcasts from the major party conventions, first announcement of a presidential run on the show (John Edwards) and first interview with a major presidential candidate (John Kerry). After Bush's re-election, Jon continued to hit new peaks as a commentator by providing the clearest and most trenchant analysis of the Valerie Plame and U.S. Attorney Firing scandals anywhere on television and an unforgettable monologue after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Daily Show also became the premiere incubator for the best comedians of the new millennium during Jon Stewart's tenure, having launched the careers of Steve Carell ("The Office," "The 40 Year Old Virgin"), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Ed Helms ("The Office"), and Rob Corddry ("Old School," "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,"). Other past correspondents have included Mo Rocca, Nancy Walls, Rob Riggle and many others.

Nowadays, whether covering Barack Obama's inauguration (Changefest '09) or the financial crisis (Clusterf#@k to the Poorhouse) or all the stories that slip through the cracks (Back in Back), The Daily Show continues to grab the issues that matter to you and probe them until they're extremely uncomfortable. Jon's interviews have ranged from serious policy discussions with future presidents and non-presidents Barack Obama and John Kerry to hilarious conversations with comedy legends Don Rickles and Steve Martin to verbal smack-downs of media big shots Jim Cramer and Chris Matthews to analysis of important books with authors you've never heard of.

 


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