‘Daily Show’ arrives in Austin with plenty of ebola jokes

"The Daily Show" in Austin
"The Daily Show" in Austin
“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart interviews gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Monday at Zach Theatre as part of a week of shows taped in Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” landed in Austin on Monday and it was a raucous, high-energy affair. You can read our story about the first episode taping, featuring guest Wendy Davis, in this MyStatesman story. (No subscription required.)

Here’s an excerpt:

The show began with a well-received takeoff of the “Dallas” opening credits, with correspondents from the show and Stewart mixed in with locals including actor Elijah Wood, the Old 97’s, Robert Rodriguez, Shooter Jennings and Aaron Franklin. It ended with Stewart downing a large can of chili in a state where “a guitar can marry cowboy boots.”

It moved on to two segments about Ebola panic in Texas and New York City, with “Daily Show” correspondents Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, Aasif Mandvi and Jordan Klepper green-screened into locations such as Dallas, Times Square and the front of an Austin Java location before all four joined together to eat meat off a “traditional barbecue lei.”

You can also find a photo gallery right here.

 

Author: Omar L. Gallaga

Omar L. Gallaga is a technology culture writer for the Statesman's tech website 512tech. He's been at the Statesman as a reporter and editor since 1997. He also is co-host of "Statesman Shots," our weekly Austin culture podcast. He's written for Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, Television Without Pity, CNN.com and NPR's "All Things Considered." He's also a staff TV writer for Previously.tv.

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