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

"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.


Wendy Davis among guests booked for Austin ‘Daily Show’ broadcasts

Wendy Davis (Ralph Barrera photo)
Wendy Davis (Ralph Barrera photo)

We’re getting our first look at who’s booked on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” during its stop in Austin next week – and it’s exactly who you’d expect.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis is set to promote her new book, “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” on Monday’s show.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, who represents portions of the San Antonio area, will stop by Tuesday.

No word yet who’ll join host Jon Stewart Wednesday, but Austin band Spoon is confirmed for Thursday, the show’s final day on the road.

Tapings will take place at the Zach Scott Theatre, with Stewart and his team of correspondents “delving into the rich mine that is Texas politics” throughout the week for the special “Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess” broadcasts.

“The Daily Show” airs at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central.