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Friday, July 22, 2005

Sorry for lack of updates. For one thing I don't have a win tv or microsoft front page anymore, and we had to move recently. But I got some content!!

Daily Show spoof leads to firing of Broward Art Guild chief

By Jamie Malernee
Staff Writer
Posted July 22 2005

 




Once again, there's controversy over "Controversy," the Broward Art Guild's May exhibit -- this time brought by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The guild's board of directors on Wednesday fired executive director Susan Buzzi, who has worked there at least 10 years, after she appeared in a Daily Show spoof on an explicit art piece without consulting them.



"They called a secret meeting of the board and fired her," said board member Kate Barnett, who voted to keep Buzzi. "She wasn't `communicating properly with them.' I said, `Go for it. Publicity is publicity.'"

The explicit art depicted an Arab sheik having his way with President Bush over an oil barrel, an image the artist said he created to protest the role of oil in the Iraq war. Buzzi sparked a censorship debate when she moved the piece in response to a complaint.

In the Daily Show segment, which aired last week, Buzzi became flustered when questioned by correspondent Ed Helms. The spoof also pokes fun at the man who complained about another local artist featured in the exhibition for his depiction of Pope Benedict surrounded by Nazi images.

Michael Friedman said Thursday that he does not regret complaining, but he does oppose Buzzi's firing.

"I never thought any of this would happen," he said.

Buzzi she said she'd been given no explanation. "I think I'm going to pass out," she said.

A woman at the guild hung up when a reporter telephoned seeking comment.

Barnett added that most of the executive board is made up of new members looking to replace Buzzi so they can have more control.

Jamie Malernee can be reached at jmalernee@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4849.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Ed Helms brings laughter to
By Nick Iffrig
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2005 Page 1 of 1

Last Friday night, SUB presented a familiar face at the Havener Center as part of their "Comedy for Dummies" comedy series. Ed Helms took the helm as the master of laughter for the evening. He began in our fair burg with a bevy of topics ranging from our hideous male to female ratio, "digital vaginas" (whatever those are), the comical nature of McNutt Hall's name, and the fact that we are mostly a school inhabited by non-athletic nerds. But it was Okay, he was one of us. He had started off his college career as a computer science major. You could tell by the look in his eyes as he referred to his younger days that he too knew various complex applications for integration; he could probably write his name in some form of binary encoding; and that because of his awkward nature around the ladies had once used his school's Internet access for something other than educational reasons. Yes, it was all right. He knew our pain.

Helm's own neediness was the highlight of the evening as he clearly connected with the students on this intellectual front. From there, the night took a sharp decline towards his inner psyche. He moved into topics that were mostly foreign. After making fun of our interesting wording on our hazing rules, he moved into a very awkward story about his childhood bout with baton twirling. It wasn't so much funny as just sad and scary as it was too similar to news stories about violence towards homosexuals from the mid 1990s, although this was a good explanation for his apparent obsession with Yanni.

Ed Helms is one of the higher profile comedians that we've had in my recent memory. This led to a full house at the St. Pat's Ballroom. Many people seemed excited by the prospect of such a celebrity. There were even those who had brought in copies of John Stewart's latest book, "America (The Book)," to have him sign. He had a quick wit about himself, playing off of the crowd and the environment. Seemingly interactive, he would wander off topic and just muse about people or the performance environment; for someone of his reputation, a couple plywood risers and a SUB banner seemed sub-standard.

Mr. Helms' style of humor and somewhat uptight demeanor is more suited for his job as a "The Daily Show" correspondent. He was more comfortable playing off of nerdy crowd participation regarding The Stonehenge and awkward political situations than developing a stand-up routine, as was blatantly obvious. Yanni and baton twirling don't stand on their own in this day and age. Many people were heard leaving the auditorium saying, "Who in the world is Yanni?"

The venue chosen for this type of performance seems inappropriate. Leach Theater would make enjoying a comedian much easier. I know that everyone is extremely excited about having this brand new big building in which to have events, but the plywood stage risers are wrong for someone with such a high national profile as Ed Helms, and the flat seating makes viewing an arduous task. But overall, it wasn't a bad time. I had much more fun watching him than I would have had trying to meet women on the Internet.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

I enjoyed this Ed article a lot. It's from last month. I like how the author of the article had the balls to critque the show: (critque parts in bold)

d Helms, the cornerstone of serious journalism
By: Vinnie Penn, Contributing writer 03/23/2005
An alarming percentage of Americans claim to have gotten their Election '04 coverage from Jon Stewart and company on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Frightening, sure, but maybe there's some way we can blame them for the results. It's worth a shot.

Stewart, who during a recent installment declared that "CNN is no longer a news channel, just video equipment hooked up with some dude narrating," might shrug off such reports, but others from the show are not nearly as nonchalant.

"Those reports freak me out. Getting your news from our show is like grocery shopping at a candy store," says Ed Helms, one of many correspondents to The Daily Show, while I sat in traffic on the Q Bridge. "It's not exactly nutritious."

Helms, who brings his stand-up routine to the Mohegan Sun this week, downplays his job duties as "peppering in coverage." But, in reality, he rides a seesaw, alternating between studio and field segments, the former shooting before a live studio audience in real time and the latter holing him up in a "cheap hotel in Portland, Oregon."

Sure, occasionally those "field" segments from Baghdad are merely Helms standing before a green screen, but why nitpick?

A former editor for the E! channel half a dozen years ago, Helms knows a thing or two about paring a mediocre five-minute segment down to a funny two-minute one. And stand-up stints at Caroline's coupled with a gig on MTV's Say What Karaoke helped him sculpt the performance end.

"Where'd you get that bio?" he asks. "That was all so long ago!"

It was the stand-up that gave Helms the balls to go to a cattle call for The Daily Show, and he was one of the lucky few called back to read with Stewart himself.

"Obviously it's Jon's show. He's the focal point."

I asked Helms if he has since been out doing his stand-up, been getting heckled to death, only to find out via a shifting spotlight that it's Stewart in the shadows, nursing some Cutty Sark.

"No," he laughed. "He heckles us enough at the office."

Then I wondered aloud if doing a show like The Daily Show has affected his approach to stand-up at all.

"That's a good question." I smiled, so proud of myself I almost rear-ended a CRV. "And, yes, it has," Helms says. "My stand-up wasn't political at all before I got the show. I feel like people expect some political bits now."

I watched The Daily Show that night on television. It was all Stewart, nothing but Stewart, 30 minutes of him with a side order of Stewart. Good thing Helms has continued to do stand-up comedy.

"I'll never stop doing stand-up," he told me earlier. "Oh, and I should also plug my opening act. His name is Rory Albanese. He'll do about 10 minutes. He's a producer on The Daily Show."

I imagine they've all got part-time gigs, what with Stewart's penchant for hogging. The PA who brings him a coffee in between takes probably serves up the Brazilian blend at the Starbucks on 42nd after they're done filming.

But, Helms described a typical day, and at no time did he say, "Well, then I go home and don't leave the house for a month."

Actually, there are two types of days for the correspondents, depending upon the aforementioned field or studio segments.

"I can (describe) it for you in broad strokes," he says. "If it's a studio day, we'll first focus on whichever news story defines the day. You write, rewrite, test run. Rehearsal's at 5:15 and we'll run through it. We tape at 6:15 in real time. There's no retakes and we do it in front of a live studio audience."

During the last 10 minutes of The Daily Show that night Stewart interviewed an author. It was the only time another human being was on camera the entire show.

In addition to the show and doing stand-up, Helms has also recently completed shooting a pilot for NBC.

"It's a sitcom, an ensemble thing," was all he'd say.

But, what if it gets picked up? Will Helms leave The Daily Show or pull a Heather Locklear?

"I don't know what that means," he replied. No wonder Stewart goes it alone on occasion.

I reminded him of Locklear's glory days doing two series at once - Dynasty and TJ Hooker.

"Oh, well, that remains to be seen," he laughs. "We are a lot alike. We're both really hot."

Visit Vinnie Penn online at
www.vinniepenn.net.

Monday, March 28, 2005

I found an old article from November of last year:
Political news served up with a laugh by Daily Show correspondent Ed Helms
By Sonya Fatah

NEW YORK, Nov. 2—At a biker bar in Phoenix, Ariz., a reporter in a navy-blue suit and yellow tie, with side-parted hair and glasses planted on his nose, strode up to one of the beefy regulars and asked the man why he wanted a ban on firearms in bars to be overthrown.

Was he, the reporter asked straight-faced, a lunatic?

The interview didn’t last long.

One minute after lights-camera-action, cameraman and reporter fled the scene, while the well-muscled bar regulars shouted and waved fists.

It wasn’t exactly war reporting. Still, pretend reporter Ed Helms has lived through a few such hair-raising moments since April 2002, when he became a correspondent for The Daily Show, a socio-political satire that airs weeknights on Comedy Central. Not only have the show’s ratings skyrocketed over the last 12 months, but the program has become a significant source of political news about the 2004 presidential campaign, especially among younger viewers; in September, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey found that those between the ages of 18 and 34 who tuned in to the show displayed far better political knowledge than viewers who got their news from elsewhere.

Tonight, with the hotly contested 2004 presidential race drawing to a close, Helms prepared to join fellow correspondents and host Jon Stewart for an extended hour-long program.

It’s a natural place for the 29-year-old Atlanta native to be. A long-time standup comic and self-described “political junkie,” Helms said his politics were styled by his politically savvy parents, who served up strong opinions along with food at the family dinner table. (His older brother is a Political Science PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona).

“I’ve always dovetailed in that I was just interested in creating and generating comedy in various ways,” explained Helms, who was picked as correspondent from a pool of 300 applicants. Prior to that, his acting experience was limited to comedy clubs and voiceovers for advertisers such as Burger King, Doritos and Sharp Television.

A prerequisite for the correspondent position was a healthy dose of humor, something that has never been a problem for Helms. Comedy was second nature to him. He performed stand-up, improv and sketch comedy throughout his college years, during summers spent in New York and when moving to the city since after graduation. He still performs every Friday night at the Underground, a bar and comedy club at the corner of 107th Street and Broadway.

He also took banjo lessons, an instrument he continues to play as part of a New York City trio. He bonded with the other members of the group in college when they formed “Weedkiller,” which Helms describes as a “struggling blue-grass band” whose

musical tunes resonated through the halls of their alma mater, Oberlin College in Ohio.

The Daily Show recently won the Television Critics’ Association award for outstanding news and public affairs series, a curious decision given that the show

proclaims its self to be source for fake news. It also won the Peabody award for Indecision 2000, its coverage of the last presidential election. This year’s election coverage has been dubbed Indecision 2004.

Helms says he’s just happy to be a part of it. “I loved the show as a comedian,” he said. “The level of writing is so impressive and I really wanted to be a part of it. And the subject is really meaningful to me.”

Sunday, March 27, 2005

To Ed Helms....

Friday, March 25, 2005

Ouch. Another bad reivew of Ed Helms' stand up. I'm pretty sure its not Ed, I just think he gets booked at lousy events:

Ed Helms Gets Off To A Slow Start On A Tough Comedy Night

By KATHLEEN EDGECOMB
Day Staff Columnist, Arts
Published on 3/25/2005

Ed Helms spent A large part of his hour-long stand-up comedy show Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun's Cabaret talking about awkward moments in his life.

Like the time when he was 8 years old and provided baton twirling entertainment at his brother's 11th birthday party — and was later beaten up.

And the time he ran through the subway station to make his train and hung on to the overhead strap trying to catch his breath only to realize that the doors stayed open for another five minutes.

Maybe Helms can incorporate Wednesday's show into his next routine.

“People usually find my pain funny,'' he said, addressing the 150 or so folks who sparingly laughed at his self-deprecating jokes and barely found the energy to smile at his sarcastic humor.

“But not you people, no,'' he said. “Too close to home?”

The funny thing is, that remark elicited one of the loudest laughs of the night.

Helms, the fake newsman from Comedy Central's “The Daily Show,'' opened the first of a four-night engagement at the Cabaret Theater looking more casual than his suited television persona, in jeans and a blue and white tattersall shirt. Helms did his best to coax a reaction out of the half-filled theater.

He tried to talk to a woman in the audience, only to be put on proverbial hold while she answered her cell phone. During a bit about karaoke singers, he was heckled by workers from a karaoke bar who happened to be celebrating a birthday in the back of the theater.

“Give me something, people,'' he quipped during one uncomfortable silence.

Helms scored a few guffaws when he poked fun at the casino, calling it a bio-dome that could sustain life for eons. He also suggested the Mohegans descended from aliens — pointing out pod-like light fixtures — and said the casino looked like a docking area waiting for the mother ship to return.

Helms was a little slow on his timing, and he checked his watch at least twice during the show.

But Wednesday is a harsh night for comedy. Even in the best clubs in New York City, the midweek crowd is tough to crack.

Opening for Helms was Rory Albanese, a segment producer for “The Daily Show.”

Albanese did his best to warm up the audience with some astute observations on language, like suggesting the word “landlord” be stricken from the English language.

“No one should have lord in their name,'' he said.

Albanese also questioned the validity of old sayings, such as “selling like hot cakes.”

“Where did that come from?'' he asked. “In what century were people lining up to buy hot cakes?”

The two return to the Cabaret for shows at 7:30 tonight and 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 at the Cabaret box office or Ticketmaster .com or by calling 860-886-0070.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Maybe this is the real reason why Ed and the TDS Gang don't do those Vh1 bits anymore:

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By TOM SYKES

IF you adore guilty-pleasure shows like VH1's "Behind the Music," "The Fabulous Life" or "Best Week Ever," get ready for a reality check.



You know those fast-talking commentators who wittily expound on the trials and vices of your favorite celebrities?

Most of them are faking it. And a smart new show, called "The Name of This Play Is Talking Heads," is exposing the way TV commentators are spoon-fed their lines and jokes.

I've been there. I once participated in an episode of "The Fabulous Life" about Cameron Diaz (news). The producer asked questions like, "Wouldn't you say Cameron has a real knack for combining high and low fashion?" and I was expected to parrot back, bubbling with enthusiasm, "Cameron has such a knack for combining high and low fashion!!"

Although I didn't cooperate, I was invited to do more shows, but declined.

It was a series of similar experiences that prompted Marc Spitz, a senior writer at Spin magazine, to write his play, a 45-minute, five-man production playing at the intimate Under St. Marks Theater in the East Village.

The play deals with the travails of Pete, a writer at "Headphones" magazine who is invited by an unnamed music channel to record some segments for a show called "The 100 Most Rockatrocious Moments."

"These shows are evil," says Spitz. "They're like a virus in the culture. When I started doing them to promote magazine pieces, they were a bit more sincere. But they've gotten worse."

Spitz finally lost his cool after doing a show on Axl Rose (news). "They kept asking me, 'But Axl Rose was crazy, huh? He started a riot and went nuts on his supermodel girlfriend, didn't he?' It was like they were throwing bait at me, and I wouldn't say what they wanted me to say and I just walked out.

"But," he adds, "they make you sign a release, so they can keep using your most embarrassing clips forever. It's like posing for glamour shots at 18 and seeing them run it again and again."

Parts of Spitz's play are true, acknowledged Michael Hirschorn, a vice president at MTV who has seen the show — but "parts are ridiculous," he said.

"All production involves some kind of steering and coaching, but we love to have a wide variety of opinions. Are we into fascist mind control? No. But you have to articulate things in certain ways to make them make sense on TV."

Chaunce Hayden, editor of Steppin' Out magazine, calls his appearances on VH1 "a very weird experience . . . They tell you the name and what to say about the person. Like with Winona Ryder, they kept getting me to say, 'It takes a thief!!'

"You end up looking like an idiot."

Sarah Lewitinn, a colleague of Spitz's at Spin Magazine who used to work at VH1 and saw the show on Saturday night, said, "It's not always like that — sometimes they let you ad-lib. But there was this one time when I had to go in to do 'Awesomely Bad Hair,' and they had me talk about people I have never seen or heard of in my life."

So why does she appear in them? "It gives my mom a kick," she says.

"The Name of This Play Is Talking Heads," at the Under St. Marks Theater, 94 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A). Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 and 10 p.m., through 26 March. Tickets: $15.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Well, months later, and I finally remembered the logon information for this blog. Sorry.

Hm. This is the first time I've ever read a so-so review on Ed's stand up:

Helms brings witty observations to RPI

Posted 01-26-2005 at 5:44PM

Benjamin Cole
Staff Reporter

Scores of people flooded West Hall on a particularly cold Friday night to see Comedy Central’s Ed Helms give his two cents on the RPI handbook, his childhood, and the 2004 presidential campaign. While at times only getting obligatory chuckles from a glad-to-be-indoors audience, it was an enjoyable performance overall.

The show opened with the “raffling” of the front row seats of the West Hall auditorium by a Diversity Week staffer. After attempting to wring answers from the audience to questions about Ed Helms’ life, he finally gave away the seats to the first handful of people to wave their driver’s licenses in the air.

After Helms took the stage, his routine started off with the usual RPI nerd jokes, and of course, making fun of the male/female ratio; “That sounded like a distinctly 75 percent male yell,” he said at one point. While on that subject, he pulled out the RPI student handbook and started reading excerpts. “Let me say, before I get into the handbook,” he jested, “that heavy drinking – is awesome. If you engage frequently in heavy drinking, your life will change for the better.” He also credited RPI with being the only school he knew, that has specific provisions on strippers, and made jokes about the section on “electronic citizenship.”

He then delved into the humorous, albeit painful, portions of his childhood, noting how his brother derived pleasure from his continual agony, and an embarrassing episode involving his aspirations to become a professional baton twirler. Recalling that incident, he quoted his father as saying, “Son, you have a natural gift as a baton twirler. If you ever do that again, I’ll beat you.” He also pointed to that event as his inspiration for stand up comedy.

As a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Helms naturally made some cracks at politics, pointing to the presidential debates and Howard Dean’s failed candidacy. He also took questions from the audience, stating that he usually gets asked questions concerning his sexual orientation (later professing to be “straight”). He was asked why he was there, to which Helms replied, simply, “cash.” When asked by an audience member for one of the breath mints that had been supplied to Helms, he threw the bowl of mints into the crowd.

The show closed with a venture into the world of Yanni, where he asked the sound crew to play a CD by the Greek artist, and offered narration. He then described a Yanni fantasy, where he was on the hood of a white Camaro, and Yanni was driving, taking the audience off a cliff, only to be saved by two flying Pegasii.

Overall, it was a well-received performance, though at times Helms appeared rusty with his standup routine. Surprisingly, he did not use very much (if any at all) material from The Daily Show, which might have bolstered the performance. It was still nice, however, to get a chance to chuckle after a grueling first week of classes.


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I don't understand why people go to Ed's shows thinking he's going to read off the same teleprompter that he reads off at TDS. They expect him to sit down and do the same thing he did on the show the month before or something.



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Midnight Panini Jam Photos:

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"Just try to edit everything I said down so I sound smart."

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Screen Caps of Ed On Arrested Devlopment!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Fair and balanced



'Street' smokes up with 'The Daily Show''s Ed Helms
By john carroll
October 14, 2004


Like many correspondents before him, Ed Helms has used The Daily Show's success to rise to new heights. He's also an author (America: The Book is available now) and has become so elite that he won't set foot in VH1 any time soon. Now, Ed wants to take on a new challenge: toppling Penn's a cappella groups.
I heard that 87% of your audience is stoned. Is that number too low?

I think that whoever generated those numbers was zooted at the time. Where did you read that?


I think it was Bill O'Reilly.

He was waxing philosophic about the show and pulled that number out of his derriere. Comedy Central actually did some research and found out that the average viewer of The Daily Show is more informed, more educated and more affluent than the average viewer of The O'Reilly Factor. So go figure! I don't know if that's any indication of who's getting stoned or not.


Do you think people watch The Daily Show for news?

I don't think anybody is like, "Oh I gotta figure out what's going on in the world, I think I'll tune into Comedy Central." But I do think that people who watch our show wind up thinking that maybe they get a smattering of topical information. But at the end of the day, that's neither our objective nor should it be anyone's goal in watching our show. And if it is they're sorely mistaken. But I think it's a flawed statistic. You wouldn't get our show unless you were familiar with other news outlets. Our show is funny only if you are aware of what's going on already. And if you're aware of news conventions. And if you're extremely high.


How much work did you do on the new book?

I wrote the whole thing. The whole book is by Ed Helms.


Does the "I'm an author" line work on women?

It's getting me so much trim, I can't even tell you. Girls love nerds who hole up in their offices and write things. They love that. There's nothing better to get a girl's top off than to sit in your office and stare at your computer for 12 hours and ignore all of your social obligations and your friends and your parents.



What makes up a day of work at The Daily Show?

Basically, we come in and we watch Fox News all day and then we just take all the transcripts from Fox News and we read that, but with a little twinkle in our eye. The show is literally daily, so it's a pretty well-oiled machine at this point. The writers come in early, they get assigned different headlines to work on. Correspondents roll in whenever the hangover wears off and usually we're working on a field piece ... If we're coming on the show that night doing a chat, we might jump in with the writers and help out with that, or not, depending on our availability or whether or not we have a productive relationship with that particular writer ... We're all comedians, so we're all very socially dysfunctional, so there's a tremendous amount of tension at all times.


Have you ever had any --

By the way, I was kidding about the tension. This is a pretty fun place to work.


Have you ever had any problems with a field piece subject?

Almost invariably. It happens all the time. A lot of people think they know the show because someone has told them about it or they've seen an episode or two. Even if they've seen a field piece, they think, "Oh, I'm not as dumb as that guy." But they don't realize how good we are at what we do. I don't mean that in a horn-tootin' kind of way, I just mean that we're very adept at manipulating what we want ... By and large, people like the segment at the end of the day. Even if it makes them look silly, they got their message out there and they were on The Daily Show. They have a pretty good attitude usually.


Are politicians game to joke around with you, or wary of being made to look silly?

Well, they're both. In other words, they're very wary of being made to look silly on the show, and therefore they're totally game to fool around with us, which means that we won't get anything funny out of them. If they're jokey, then like who wants to see that? There's nothing ironic or fun about a politician who wants to joke around with you. It's a little bit of a hurdle sometimes.


Do you ever think of rooting for a side during the election for the good of the show?

Absolutely not. That's not because I'm devoid of political convictions, I totally have those convictions. But the other thing ... is that no one is not full of shit. No matter who wins whatever race, be it a local school board district race or the race for the presidency of the United States, there are issues that those politicians will put forth that are nothing but bullshit. If you're asking if I root for things in order to have fodder for the show, it doesn't matter because I can count on the fact that there will always be fodder for the show, no matter who wins what. How cynical is that? Doesn't that make you want to run out and run for office?


Definitely. Do you pay attention to how much you skewer either side?

Are you asking if we're fair and balanced? Keep in mind that you're asking a comedy show if we're fair. I don't think fairness really has anything to do with what we're doing ... We like to call out people's bullshit. Fortunately, both sides are supplying backhoe loads full of bullshit. So, there's no shortage. It's not hard to stay in the middle of what's going on because you can pluck a juicy shit apple off of each tree. Isn't that a great metaphor?


Did everyone know you at the conventions?

Yeah, a lot of people at the conventions knew who we were. A ton, in fact. The thing about a convention is it's really no different from a Star Trek convention or a Star Wars convention or a Medieval Knights convention. The people who show up at a convention like that are the nerds of that particular field of interest. So, you go to either of the political conventions, you're dealing with the Republican nerds and the Democratic nerds because they're the most devoted and loyal. And I don't mean that in a pejorative way, I actually kind of mean it in a slightly endearing way ... People who are political nerds, a lot of them watch our show. Walking around those conventions, it was sometimes hard to get our work done because a lot of people knew who we were.


Have you ever been on any of the VH1 shows? It seems like there's a Comedy Central shuttle that goes there.

Well, if you look closely, you haven't seen any of us on those shows in a while. We all did a handful of them and we haven't done any of them since.


Why not?

We have a job here, so that's paying the bills. So there's not a lot of motivation to head over to MTV and do some work for free. Does that sound very mercenary? First of all, I find those shows kind of annoying, and so I don't like to think of myself as particularly annoying ... God knows I'm annoying as hell, but if I can minimize that in some way by not appearing on those shows, maybe I have a chance.


Your biography mentions your love for your banjo. Can we expect an album any time soon?

Yeah. I'm in a group called The Lonesome Trio. We have recorded some music. Don't know when it will be released, but I'm sure it will go platinum when we do.


Do you do much stand-up any more?

The Daily Show is a full-time job, it's five days a week, full day, every day, so it's difficult to do stand-up ... In the last few months, I've been making a concerted effort to get the stand-up going on again ... Is Penn looking for the comedic stylings of Ed Helms, perhaps?


Possibly, but you'll have to compete with a lot of a cappella.

I'll share the stage with four or five a cappella groups. I can hold my own. [Sings a few notes.] Pretty good, right?


You could compete. Who's the better movie actor, Steve Carrell or Jon Stewart?

Steve Carrell, far and away. I think Jon Stewart would jump at that answer as well. Steve Carrell is a hilarious actor. Have you seen Jon Stewart's movies?


Who would win in a Daily Show Correspondents Brawl?

Samantha Bee. She'd kick all of our asses. She's got this weird Canadian Kung Fu that you just can't fuck with.


Friday, October 22, 2004

Remember last night's TDS when Ed was talking about the head guy from Coors running for something (Congress?) in Colorado? Remember a few months ago I brought up that Ed was going to be in a Coors ad in the Ed blog (no of course you don't because nobody reads that)? And then like after the ad was shot, Mr. Coors decided to run for congress, and since he was in the ad that Ed's in, the ad was never shown.

Well, during the report last night, the camera did a close up on Ed and I thought maybe Ed would make a remark about the ad that he did that was never aired.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

A comedian who is anything but pusillanimous
By Aaron Seligman
Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Article Tools: Page 1 of 1




"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is one of the most popular shows in America, by the standards of mainstream media, politicians and of course college students. At the Oct. 8 debate here in Spin Alley, Ed Helms, one of the show's "correspondents," was filming a segment to run on a later show. After he finished with his work (which consisted of, among other things, throwing a temper tantrum on the floor and accusing all the "spinners" of being liars), I caught up with him for a quick interview on his start with "The Daily Show" and how they go about making fun of serious news. The exchange about Jon Stewart's opinion of mainstream news is particularly pertinent considering his recent, much-ballyhooed appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," where he berated Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson for their "partisan hackery" and called Carlson a dick on national television. (The exchange, now being called "Tuckergate," can be viewed on several internet sites.)

Q: Where are you from and how did you end up the Daily Show?

A: I'm from Atlanta, Ga. I'm a comedian, not a journalist. I got my start doing stand-up and sketch comedy.

Q: How has the increased popularity changed/challenged how you do your segments on the show?

A: It's been easier because we can get more access, but it's harder because everyone wants to play along and try to be funny. That's our job, to make everyone funny.

Q: How hard is it to get people to play along and give straight answers to your sometimes absurd questions?

A: The amazing thing I've learned from this job is that most people are really nice. Even when they know we're making fun of them they'll play along to help make the segment work.

Q: Really? They never look at it and say, "Wow, that makes me look really bad?"

A: Some people get scared while we're taping, they're unsure of how it will look. But they are almost always happy to see it in the end. I've only been threatened with a lawsuit once.

Q: What about when we see someone make a ridiculous statement that makes them just look foolish?

A: Well, there are some people [who] will also say anything to get on TV. You also see it in a fishbowl; there is a lot of preparation that goes in ahead of time.

Q: How about the 'headlines' part at the beginning of the show, who comes up with those?

A: We're a very well-oiled machine. Jon has a heavy hand, but we also have a team of 10 writers-excuse me, "Emmy-winning" writers.

Q: From watching the show, it seems apparent that beneath the jokes, Jon Stewart is really angry at the mainstream media for being too easy on politicians. Do you agree, and how do you see your show's role in relation to other media?

A: First, we're a comedy show, not a news show. Second, I do agree that the media can be kind of pusillanimous at times.

Q: I'm sorry, they can be what?

A: "Meek," you can say "meek." It really is devastating to the public when the press lets people get away with not answering questions.

Q: Last question, what did you think of the Wash U campus?

A: Bad last question; I just came in for the debate, so I haven't seen much at all. I would love to come back some time and do a stand-up show for you guys, though.





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I feel sorry for the TDS correspondents, they get asked the same damn questions over and over again.

A comedian who is anything but pusillanimous
By Aaron Seligman
Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Article Tools: Page 1 of 1




"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is one of the most popular shows in America, by the standards of mainstream media, politicians and of course college students. At the Oct. 8 debate here in Spin Alley, Ed Helms, one of the show's "correspondents," was filming a segment to run on a later show. After he finished with his work (which consisted of, among other things, throwing a temper tantrum on the floor and accusing all the "spinners" of being liars), I caught up with him for a quick interview on his start with "The Daily Show" and how they go about making fun of serious news. The exchange about Jon Stewart's opinion of mainstream news is particularly pertinent considering his recent, much-ballyhooed appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," where he berated Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson for their "partisan hackery" and called Carlson a dick on national television. (The exchange, now being called "Tuckergate," can be viewed on several internet sites.)

Q: Where are you from and how did you end up the Daily Show?

A: I'm from Atlanta, Ga. I'm a comedian, not a journalist. I got my start doing stand-up and sketch comedy.

Q: How has the increased popularity changed/challenged how you do your segments on the show?

A: It's been easier because we can get more access, but it's harder because everyone wants to play along and try to be funny. That's our job, to make everyone funny.

Q: How hard is it to get people to play along and give straight answers to your sometimes absurd questions?

A: The amazing thing I've learned from this job is that most people are really nice. Even when they know we're making fun of them they'll play along to help make the segment work.

Q: Really? They never look at it and say, "Wow, that makes me look really bad?"

A: Some people get scared while we're taping, they're unsure of how it will look. But they are almost always happy to see it in the end. I've only been threatened with a lawsuit once.

Q: What about when we see someone make a ridiculous statement that makes them just look foolish?

A: Well, there are some people [who] will also say anything to get on TV. You also see it in a fishbowl; there is a lot of preparation that goes in ahead of time.

Q: How about the 'headlines' part at the beginning of the show, who comes up with those?

A: We're a very well-oiled machine. Jon has a heavy hand, but we also have a team of 10 writers-excuse me, "Emmy-winning" writers.

Q: From watching the show, it seems apparent that beneath the jokes, Jon Stewart is really angry at the mainstream media for being too easy on politicians. Do you agree, and how do you see your show's role in relation to other media?

A: First, we're a comedy show, not a news show. Second, I do agree that the media can be kind of pusillanimous at times.

Q: I'm sorry, they can be what?

A: "Meek," you can say "meek." It really is devastating to the public when the press lets people get away with not answering questions.

Q: Last question, what did you think of the Wash U campus?

A: Bad last question; I just came in for the debate, so I haven't seen much at all. I would love to come back some time and do a stand-up show for you guys, though.





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I feel sorry for the TDS correspondents, they get asked the same damn questions over and over again.

A comedian who is anything but pusillanimous
By Aaron Seligman
Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Article Tools: Page 1 of 1




"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is one of the most popular shows in America, by the standards of mainstream media, politicians and of course college students. At the Oct. 8 debate here in Spin Alley, Ed Helms, one of the show's "correspondents," was filming a segment to run on a later show. After he finished with his work (which consisted of, among other things, throwing a temper tantrum on the floor and accusing all the "spinners" of being liars), I caught up with him for a quick interview on his start with "The Daily Show" and how they go about making fun of serious news. The exchange about Jon Stewart's opinion of mainstream news is particularly pertinent considering his recent, much-ballyhooed appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," where he berated Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson for their "partisan hackery" and called Carlson a dick on national television. (The exchange, now being called "Tuckergate," can be viewed on several internet sites.)

Q: Where are you from and how did you end up the Daily Show?

A: I'm from Atlanta, Ga. I'm a comedian, not a journalist. I got my start doing stand-up and sketch comedy.

Q: How has the increased popularity changed/challenged how you do your segments on the show?

A: It's been easier because we can get more access, but it's harder because everyone wants to play along and try to be funny. That's our job, to make everyone funny.

Q: How hard is it to get people to play along and give straight answers to your sometimes absurd questions?

A: The amazing thing I've learned from this job is that most people are really nice. Even when they know we're making fun of them they'll play along to help make the segment work.

Q: Really? They never look at it and say, "Wow, that makes me look really bad?"

A: Some people get scared while we're taping, they're unsure of how it will look. But they are almost always happy to see it in the end. I've only been threatened with a lawsuit once.

Q: What about when we see someone make a ridiculous statement that makes them just look foolish?

A: Well, there are some people [who] will also say anything to get on TV. You also see it in a fishbowl; there is a lot of preparation that goes in ahead of time.

Q: How about the 'headlines' part at the beginning of the show, who comes up with those?

A: We're a very well-oiled machine. Jon has a heavy hand, but we also have a team of 10 writers-excuse me, "Emmy-winning" writers.

Q: From watching the show, it seems apparent that beneath the jokes, Jon Stewart is really angry at the mainstream media for being too easy on politicians. Do you agree, and how do you see your show's role in relation to other media?

A: First, we're a comedy show, not a news show. Second, I do agree that the media can be kind of pusillanimous at times.

Q: I'm sorry, they can be what?

A: "Meek," you can say "meek." It really is devastating to the public when the press lets people get away with not answering questions.

Q: Last question, what did you think of the Wash U campus?

A: Bad last question; I just came in for the debate, so I haven't seen much at all. I would love to come back some time and do a stand-up show for you guys, though.





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I feel sorry for the TDS correspondents, they get asked the same damn questions over and over again.

Thursday, August 26, 2004



'Daily Show' looks for cooter quips in Inverness
A TV crew from Comedy Central goes after blushes and slips of the tongue while seeking the meaning of "cooter."
By AMY WIMMER SCHWARB, Times Staff Writer
Published August 26, 2004

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INVERNESS - Frank DiGiovanni brought along a turtle as a prop. Greg Hamilton wore blue because it looks good on TV. Winston Perry tried to keep one step ahead of the jokes.

But none of the three men at the crux of the debate over Cooter Fest knows precisely how he will be portrayed in an upcoming episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, which sent a four-man crew to downtown Inverness on Wednesday.

"I'm dying to see how this thing turns out," Perry said, "and if I look like just a little bit of a fool, or a whole lot of one."

A crew from The Daily Show, known for its parodies of real-live news stories, made the rounds in Inverness, squeezing double entendres into their interviews and making interviewees squirm, for fear of walking right into a punchline. They focused on the three men who have managed to bring national publicity to Inverness.

DiGiovanni, the Inverness city manager, championed the Cooter Fest and eagerly planned a month of festivities in honor of the cooter, a Southern expression for "turtle" and namesake of downtown's Cooter Pond.

Hamilton, editor of editorials for the St. Petersburg Times in Citrus County, rained on the parade when he pointed out in a column that "cooter" is also vulgar slang for vagina.

Perry, the owner of the downtown shop Ritzy Rags & Glitzy Jewels, says the name Cooter Fest is derogatory to women and wants the city to change the name.

Somewhere along the way, a wire service picked up the story, spreading word of the Cooter Fest to other corners of the country. DiGiovanni, who at first suggested canceling the festival, for fear of bringing bad publicity to his city, said he now embraces the publicity and is trying to make sure the original message of the Cooter Fest is part of the coverage.

He asked his friend Paul Anderson, the ranger at McGregor Smith Scout Reservation, to bring him a cooter for The Daily Show taping.

During his interview, Hamilton tried to skirt the issue of describing, on camera, specifically the vulgar meaning of "cooter." He first relied on the description he provided in his original column, when he said it was "a certain part of the female anatomy located south of the Mason-Dixon line."

No dice. Interviewer Ed Helms countered: "The only Mason-Dixon line I'm familiar with is the one that was south of Maryland."

Perry said he found himself in a similar position when the crew spent four hours at his shop Wednesday morning.

"They try to trick you with their questions," he said. "I tried to be as careful as possible about my answers."

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