Jon Stewart opened Tuesday night’s “Daily Show” episode by sarcastically kvetching:”I am full — I may actually sleep tonight in a flour tortilla . . . I think that’s what they ask you at night, “Would you like to sleep in a flour tortilla or a corn tortilla.”
Stewart’s guest was San Antonio congressman and Democratic rising star Joaquin Castro, but the highlight of the episode came during the second block of the show with Jason Jones’ report on the biggest issue facing Texans, which resulted in “the world’s best country song” sung by Brad Paisley.
This blog post was updated to correct that Joaquin Castro is a member of Congress and not the former San Antonio mayor, which would be his twin brother, Julian.
“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.”