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Even The Daily Show needs a fight director

July 16, 2011

On Wednesday, Jerry Seinfeld appeared on The Daily Show to help Jon Stewart resist the temptation to make obvious jokes, specifically about how Michelle Bachmann’s gay-“curing” husband pings the ol’ gaydar. When Jon went there, Jerry slapped him:

“That was a little harder than in rehearsal…and it was more on the eye than I thought it was going to be.”
“I don’t believe in half measures, and I don’t know how to stage slap anyway.”


Um, Jerry, that’s not what we mean by “eye contact.” Back to the sketch: comedy comedy comedy, annnnnd again, right in the jaw this time.

“It’s better that it was lower…”
“It’s your bit!”

If you watch the clip, don’t they seem uncomfortable? Doesn’t it interrupt the flow of the piece? I point this out not to be all, ha, they messed up, but I think it’s a good lesson in how awkward it is to hit someone, or get hit, badly — these guys have built careers on being able to get through the most ridiculous things with a straight face, and even they’re thrown off their game. And in a city full of fight directors who would love good seats at the Daily Show!

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  1. July 27, 2011 12:54 pm

    I know what you mean. One day, one of us will get famous and be on a show like that and show them how it’s done. But until then we all must watch and cringe.

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