EPISODE NUMBER: 7036 (March 10, 2011)
GUESTS: Reza Aslan
SEGMENTS: Non-runners for the President of the United States, The fight against Turban Sprawl
VIDEOS: Thursday, March 10, 2011
I don’t normally make time for the ‘Daily Show’ (the ‘Colbert Report keeps me busy enough as it is), but I had to tune in to watch the interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone about the Book of Mormon musical. I can remember watching a rerun of the first episode of ‘SouthPark’ about two weeks after it had debut. I was in the kitchen with my brother, at 2:30a as I was getting ready to drive 2 hours to the airport for a red-eye flight back to college, and we laughed so hard we cried. I’ve been a fan of Parker and Stone ever since. The interview with Jon was a charming combination of admiration from Jon and adorkable Mormon references from Trey and Matt. Being raised Mormon, I truly appreciated the Abinadi reference in the interview.
How intense was that montage of Stephen Colbert standing next to Tim Pawlenty? And now many non sequitur images did you catch? I saw the ‘Craziest F@#king Thing’ bullfight footage, the Crying Indian from the 70′s litter commercial, the Jerry Bruckheimer Productions tagline, Kate Perry, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. And the writer who came up with the “Why can’t you hold the camera steady?” line deserves a cookie.
I think that Reza was trying just a bit too hard to be witty (with his Eating Babies line, for example), but it was cute that Stephen called Reza his “Muslim Friend”. He really hasn’t made a new friend for quite some time. I was caught a bit off guard with Stephen literally screaming “We’re not talking about Catholics here!” in the middle of the interview when Aslan compared Catholics with pedophiles. Loved that Stephen called Aslan multiple times on that he’s in this to get his “beak wet”.
Don’t forget to go to ColbertPAC.com, and tell me which Pawlenty video references I missed in the comments!