Daily Show dubs its "coverage" from Tampa's Straz Center "RNC 2012: the Road to Jeb Bush 2016"
In typical insurgent fashion, Jon Stewart's The Daily Show has dubbed its week of shows from the Straz Center in Tampa during the Republican National Convention with a snappy title:
"RNC 2012: The Road to Jeb Bush 2016."
Fans can only imagine the bombastic graphics package coming next week.
The program will record shows in Tampa from Tuesday to Friday -- which is a change from the show's usual Monday through Thursday schedule -- presumably so they can satirize the convention's closing day Thursday without having to work an extra day of the week.
(Stewart! Always working the angles....)
Tickets for the event, which do not guarantee admittance, were snapped up by fans online within hours of being made available months ago. Because it is a TV show taping with no entrance fee, organizers always invite many more people than the venue's capacity, assuming people might be less reliable about showing up since they haven't paid anything to get in.
So attendees are advised to show up at 2:30 p.m. on the appointed day to make sure they get admittance. The audience is expected at the Straz Center by 4:30 p.m. with taping expected at 6 p.m.
The show won't reveal who its guests will be yet. But correspondent Aasif Mandvi, who spent his high school and college years in Tampa (Chamberlain High School and the University of South Florida), will present "an insider's look" at his hometown.
Gee, I wonder if that will involve strippers or guns? (Mandvi has already told Miami's New Times that the show got permission to film an aging stripper at the Tampa strip club Mons Venus and the RNC picked the city because "we have the best strip clubs.")
A pre-taped segment on the show Thursday featured correspondent Samantha Bee saying of Tampa "It's horrible."
Which I think was about our weather? (Wishful thinking, I know)
Below is the official press release; if there's any way to make the RNC madness crazier, I'm sure Stewart & Co. will work it out.
"THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART" PRESENTS "RNC 2012: THE ROAD TO JEB BUSH 2016"
WEEK-LONG COVERAGE FROM THE 2012 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
AIRING TUESDAY, AUGUST 28-FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 AT 11:00 P.M. ET/PT
Taping at David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL
NEW YORK, August 22, 2012 -- "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and its ongoing political coverage "Democalypse 2012," is literally heating up as the entire staff heads to Tampa next week to broadcast a week of shows during the Republican National Convention, titled "RNC 2012: The Road to Jeb Bush 2016," airing nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT from Tuesday, August 28 through Friday, August 31.
"RNC 2012: The Road to Jeb Bush 2016" coverage of the 2012 RNC is taping at the Straz Center (1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place) in Tampa. The convention episodes will feature news, analysis, and guest interviews from host Jon Stewart as well as reports from the convention floor at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from the Best F*&#ing News Team Ever, including Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi, John Oliver and Jessica Williams. In addition, the show will present a Mitt Romney biographical film and Tampa native Mandvi will give viewers an insider's look at his hometown.
This marks the ninth time the series has taken its critically-acclaimed and award-winning political coverage on the road, having previously traveled to Philadelphia (2000 RNC), Los Angeles (2000 DNC), Boston (2004 DNC), Denver (2008 DNC) and St. Paul (2008 RNC) to cover the national party conventions, and to Washington, D.C. (2002, 2010) and Columbus, OH (2006) for special, mid-term election coverage.
"The Daily Show" first earned its political stripes during the now-infamous 2000 election, receiving an Emmy® Award and a prestigious George Foster Peabody® Award for its year-long coverage of the race for the White House.
"The Daily Show" convention episodes air Tuesday-Friday at 11:00 p.m. and repeats at 1:00 a.m. the same night and at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. the following day (all times ET/PT). Full episodes, as well as clips, are posted for viewing the following day at www.thedailyshow.com with URL and embed links. Fans can follow @TheDailyShow on Twitter or “like” The Daily Show on Facebook.