Yesterday was a pretty interesting day. I finally bought a computer (a Dell Inspiron, more about that in a future post), and later in the day, a friend of mine asked me if I'd be interested in seeing a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." I thought, "Why not?"
I've seen the show a few times, but I was never really a regular viewer. My friend and I went over to the West Side of Manhattan for the taping and met two friends of his, and we also had seats in the VIP section, which was a nice thing indeed. We sat just about 15 feet to the left of Jon's desk, in the second row. I've been to a few other TV tapings in my life, and like the others, the studio always looks much smaller in person. No exception here.
The show was a lot of fun to be a part of. Jon Stewart took questions from the audience before the taping began, and was great with his sharp, witty responses. The audience was in high spirits, and the show was funny. Jon did a wrapup of the press' insane coverage of the Obama girls' first day of school, along with three of his cast members doing a skit about it, and then Assif Manvi came out and did a funny bit on Sanjay Gupta being tapped as Surgeon General.
The show moved rather quickly, and the breaks between tapings was faster than I thought they would be. MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow was the in-house guest, and she came off rather personable and funny. The show then concluded as Jon thanked his audience for coming.
I enjoyed the experience very much, especially since it didn't cost me anything! I'll be watching "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" more often now.