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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 11 Episode 44

Ricky Gervais

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Apr 03, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Ricky Gervais
TONIGHT: Actor and podcast host of "The Ricky Gervais Show", Ricky Gervais! Also, Ed Helms with "This Week In God".

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  • Ed Helms subs for Rob Corddry in "This Week in God".

    Jon starts off tonight's show by touching on the fact that Zacharias Moussaoui has been declared eligible for the death penalty. The defense attorney is likely regretting putting him on the stand, since he went on to admit to being one of the would-be hijackers on 9/11.

    Moving on, Jon turns his attention to an interview where Condoleezza Rice was asked about Iran and Iraq, and she quickly noted that they're not the same countries. This seems to have caught Jon off-guard, as back in the studio, he's quite surprised to hear this from Ms. Rice. Jon goes on to point out that they are close to one another and have a similar name. Jon then talks about how Iran is holding some sort of war game, which is more or less offering Iran to show off some of their more impressive weapons, in an attempt to scare off the U.S.

    With all of what's going in Iran, where is President Bush? He's planning on spending time with the President of Mexico in Cancun for an economic summit. With the help of some voice overs, the guys have a little fun with the speeches of President Bush and Fox.

    Back from commercial, Jon introduces a new "This Week In God" segment, which is being hosted by Ed Helms. First up, Ed profiles Buddhism, which has been in the news because a 15 year-old has gone missing, and he's believed to be the reincarnation of Buddha. Next, Seikism makes the list because a teenage-Seik in Canada has been given permission by the Canadian Supreme Court to wear his ceremonial dagger to school. Ed pokes a little fun at the young man by insisting he never goes anywhere without his Rosary numbchucks. Ed then looks at how the religions celebrate Spring. He profiles to religions in a "Faith Off" and decides the "correct" celebration is done by the Hinduisms, defeating the Mayans. Wrapping up the segment, Ed profiles a new religion which the Turkmenistan President has created.

    Back from commercial, Jon welcomes tonight's guest, Ricky Gervais. Unfortunately, he doesn't come out immediately. The camera go backstage and find him chatting to Ed Helms. Ed then points out to Ricky that it's time to go out and talk to Jon, so he goes out. They immediately talk about how Ricky has put on a few pounds and he's apparently concerned about how he looks on television. They end the interview with a quick plug of his new book, More Flanimals.

    A lot of the typical Jon Stewart commentary at the top of the show was very good, as usual... how could you not like it?! The only low spot for tonight's show was probably "This Week in God" since Ed wasn't given a lot of good material to work with, but he did a good job with what he had. The interview was fairly average, but more enjoyable than most of the celebrity interviews the show has, and it all made up for an above-average episode.moreless
  • Nothing like jokes about the First Crutch.

    TV Review: The Daily Show - 4/3/06

    April 04, 2006

    Scott Butki

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    Jon Stewart, the show\'s host, went where no man should go: Talking about President George Bush\'s crotch.

    There was comedic foreplay, of course.

    Stewart showed a clip of an interview a show did with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. \"Let me be very clear and go to the bottom line: Iran is not Iraq,\" Rice said.

    Stewart acts shocked that she is right — the two nations, while next to each other and with three of the four same letters, are different. Iran, for example, is the one rumored to be building a nuclear weapon.

    Where was Bush during all this? Planning. \"Spring break, baby, south of the Border.\"

    Bush met with leaders of Mexico and Canada for what the show termed \"three-way in Cancun.\"

    But Bush did not want people to think he was doing nude sunbathing or anything crazy like that.

    Bush said he would not be wearing any \"Speedo outfits.\"

    Stewart, in his Bush imitation, said Speedos show too much of his \"economic package, his balls.\"

    He showed clips of Bush making more new dumb remarks, such as this one about trade: \"If we had no trade there would be no issues.\"

    Bush also referred to the need for \"smart borders.\" Stewart joked that Bush is going to propose new legislation: \"No border left behind.\"

    The interview segment was with actor and writer Ricky Gervais, perhaps best known for co-creating The Office, the original version that appeared on BBC.

    It contained the funniest moment of the show. Or it was the most disturbing. It all depends on your perspective and how naughty and vivid your imagination is.

    Gervais said he has been referred to in the tabloids as a \"chubby funster.\" Stewart said if Gervais ever made a pornographic film, he would have to do so under the name \"chubby funster.\"

    Suddenly, without any apparent transition, Stewart made suggestions that Stewart and Gervais appear together in a film \"as a duo.\"

    After an awkward pause it becomes clear that Stewart was talking about a superhero action movie.

    Gervais said he thought Stewart was still talking about porn.

    \"I was still on the porn film. You are a very handsome man,\" Gervais to Stewart.

    Oh my. Too funny.moreless
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