Merry Pranksters—The Daily Show at the Conventions

Week in and week out, the writers and cast of The Daily Show lay bare the stream of inanity that is modern cable news coverage. If you haven’t checked it out in a while, do. They’ve really hit their stride unraveling the ridiculous narratives being shat out by the 24-hour news beast. But as edgy of some of their skits can be, most of their antics take place in the safety of comfortable studio. This past week though, when Jon Stewart took his show on the road to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Cable news coverage being what it was, there would have been plenty of material to work with if the DS had stayed home. Instead, Stewart unleashed what they’ve branded “the best fucking news team ever” on the convention itself, going half Gonzo, half Merry Prankster on its ass, and proving beyond a doubt that while the show may have some great writers and even better video montage people, its cast—able to turn casual encounters into comedy gold on the fly—is the real deal. If you missed the coverage, I recommend checking it out for free on Hulu. And I’m betting that their coverage of the RNC will be the best thing on TV next week.

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