Jon Stewart's Daily Show to tape four days of shows from Tampa for RNC in August
Comic Jon Stewart’s award-winning news satire The Daily Show will tape a week’s worth of episodes in Ferguson Hall at the David A Straz Jr. Center in Tampa during the Republican National Convention in August.
Ticket for the tapings, which will air on Comedy Central at 11 p.m. from Tuesday Aug. 28 to Friday Aug. 31, were free and all distributed within an hour of the public announcement.
They were only available through the program’s website, www.thedailyshow.com, not the Straz Center’s box office or website, requiring fans to sign up online and receive confirmation via email.
A spokeswoman for the show couldn't say for sure yet, but she imagined the Tampa shows would tape close to 6 p.m., which is when the program tapes in New York City. The show will tape from Tuesday to Friday that week, instead of taking Friday off as usual.
The shows are expected to feature reports from the convention floor at the Tampa Bay Times Forum by the show’s news team, including Tampa-raised correspondent Aasif Mandvi, along with Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, Al Madrigal, John Oliver and Jessica Williams.
The Straz Center is located blocks from the convention hall at 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place in downtown Tampa. The show will also spend a week at the Democratic National Covention in September in Charlotte, N.C.
“We look forward to enjoying the beaches and the exciting nightlife,” said Daily Show executive producer Rory Albanese in a statement about visiting the Tampa Bay area. “Plus we assume this counts as a visit to our grandparents.”