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  The Daily Show has become the ethical compass for an entire generation of voters, the lingua franca allowing the politically
  motivated and politically disaffected to laugh heartily at the same jokes. Jon Stewart is our generation's Jonathan Swift, a satirist with no peer, deploying a cast of Lilliputians to tie down wayward Gullivers and hit them with tiny sticks.

In other words, we at the Black Table love The Daily Show.

Correspondent Rob Corddry took time out of his busy schedule pretending to cover the news to talk politics, show off his uber-indie iTunes list, and let us in on a few of the secrets behind the comedic genius which is the Daily Show. Corddry, known on the


Daily Show as the "bald guy who doesn't think he's bald" has also been in Old School, Upright Citizen's Brigade -- and we believe he was even in a 1-800 CALL ATT commercial with Carrot Top.

Don't hold that against him. Corddry's so funny that it makes us want to cry and then wonder why we're so sad since we're laughing so hard.

BT: If you had to rely on one source of news for the rest of your life -- Star, People, Us Weekly or the Enquirer -- what would you pick and why?

RC: Us Weekly, because then my wife and I would always have


something to talk about. It may even improve our marriage. Whenever she'd mention Meg Ryan's plastic surgery or Lil' Kim's Grammy dress and I don't know what she's talking about, a little piece of our relationship would die.

BT: The Daily Show has been hailed as the best news coverage of the war in Iraq, as well as the run for '04 presidential candidacy. Yet Jon is always reminding the audience that it's "the fake news." Where do you think the line is drawn, exactly, between entertainment and reality? Would Pat O'Brien know?



RC: We're like a street caricature of the media in that we look like normal news except that our heads are bulbous, our features are freakish and we're carrying a tennis racket while water skiing. That's as definitive as the line gets. And no, Pat O'Brien knows nothing of lines. He's on the Hell express.

BT: Did you/do you have a favorite SNL anchor?

RC: I loved Colin Quinn like I love looking at celebrity mug shots; so fascinatingly car-wreck-tastic! He was so terrible at SNL that he started saying, "That's the news, I'm Colin Quinn and I'm sick of doing this." I heard they eventually made him stop. But, for real? Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Brad Hall.

BT: What's on your iPod right now?

RC: Seriously? All 10,000? Ok… -ziq, Air, Ambulance LTD., Apples in Stereo, Appleseed Cast, Archer Prewitt…(the list continues for over 75 single spaced pages. Edited for space). I'm really into Ted Leo right now.

BT: Back to politics, since you are a reporter. What do you think about Ralph Nader suddenly joining the race… again?

RC: Look, I voted for Nader in 2000, but before you confiscate my bong, I was just doing what a lot of other naïve people were doing: trying to get the Green party eligibility for Federal funding. I learned more about elections on election night 2000 than I ever did during my 16 years of schooling. Apparently Nader did not.

BT: Are Jon's gray streaks real?

RC: They look gray on camera but they are actually blue. I think he uses an "old lady rinse." He's very Emo.

BT: Sarah Jessica Parker had a clause in her contract stating she could keep all of the designer clothes her character wears on each episode of Sex and the City. Do you get to keep any of your outfits? What I'm really getting at here is whether or not you kept the little hat you wore over your bald spot that one time.

RC: I get to keep all of my suits because I fucking bought them. The little hat had to go back to the research lab where it was developed.

BT: Who did you hate more in high school, the Goths or the Jocks?

RC: I dated a Goth chick for a little bit. She got me into PiL. The jocks in my school were the soccer players. How could I hate them? They're so adorable. I wanted to kiss them on the shin pads.

BT: If you could re-cast the movie Stand By Me with Republican


presidential candidates or politicians, who would you use?

RC: Seeing as though George W. Bush is the only Republican Candidate, I would cast "coke-head" George W as Teddy Duchamps, the Corey Feldman character. The "post 9/11" George Bush would play the River Pheonix role. "Pork-Barrel economic plan scribe" Bush would play Lard Ass, and Jeb Bush would play the Wil

  Wheaton role -- the young man who could never seem to crawl out from under his brother's shadow. Casey Siemaszko would still play Billy Tessio.

BT: If you could re-cast Toy Soldiers with Democrats, who would you use?

RC: I admit I had to look this movie up on IMDB. It's a little after my time. I guess I had already had my fill of Sean Astin after The Goonies. Come to think of it, Goonies would be much easier to cast.


CNN's Candy Crowley would play Mama Fratelli and Jerry O'Connell, the fat kid from Stand By Me would play Chunk. Done.

BT: Do Ed Helms or Stephen Colbert have any distinguishing characteristics that help you tell them apart? Who's hotter, anyway?

RC: Ed's hot, that's for sure, but Colbert has a rippling stiffness; a harsh rigidity that is as off-putting as it is rigorously sexual. He's an


onion-skin of a human being stretched over a profound black abyss and that's the buzz I'm always looking for. I can tell them apart because Colbert is always breast-feeding a doll.

BT: In your honest opinion you feel that The Daily Show really is becoming a substitute for the "real" news?

RC: It's somewhat flattering that people say that… but less flattering than it is reckless. I also think it's completely false. I was talking politics with a college-aged woman on a plane recently and she told me that she didn't watch TV but that she "sometimes watched the Daily Show." About 20 minutes later she was sufficiently embarrassed when she asked me what I did for a living and I told her. Apparently it's cool to watch The Daily Show. People want other people to know that they share our sensibility even if they're not exactly sure what that sensibility is. I'm not being modest when I say that a lot of the times our sensibility includes poo-poo.

It also implies a certain responsibility that I absolutely refuse. The show is a satire, which gives us freedom to do anything we want. "Satire" is the magic word that wipes away any culpability. The media is jealous of this freedom and therefore wants to thrust upon us the journalistic integrity that they lack. In the end, I get all of my comedy from CNN so I guess I'm just as irresponsible.