14 Great Philadelphia Clips from The Daily Show
There has been a lot of shakeup in late-night television recently, and now we have another change: Jon Stewart announced yesterday he will leave The Daily Show this year. Stewart said he expects to leave sometime after July. His contact is up in September; he took over TDS from Craig Kilborn on January 11, 1999.
Stewart, a New York City native, has done features in Philadelphia from time to time on his show. He had extensive reports on two major political events in the city — the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2008 Democratic presidential debate and primary — and has sent correspondents to Philadelphia for various reasons over the last 16 years.
Here’s a collection of cool clips — commentary from Stewart and correspondents’ reports from the city — involving Philly from Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show.
September 14th, 2011
This clip, “The Plight of Muscled Americans,” is one of my favorite Daily Show bits. It’s set in Philadelphia, and reporter Jason Jones discusses a man who was kicked out of his Planet Fitness for grunting.
September 2nd, 2011
This is just a “Moment of Zen” clip from CNN, but it features a great Philly accent.
April 23rd, 2008
John Oliver and Jason Jones visit Philadelphia establishments to get drunk and sort-of report on the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary.
April 17th, 2008
This is Jon Stewart’s recap of a 2008 Democratic primary debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, held at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
June 17th, 2004
At the 1:30 mark of this video, the people in the audience from Philadelphia scream at the mention of Allen Iverson’s name.
June 16th, 2004
Rob Corddry reports on the Philadelphia tourism board’s “Get your history straight and your nightlife gay” ad campaign, and gets ridiculous quotes about gay people from William Devlin.
August 4, 2000
Look how young everyone was at the 2000 Republican National Convention!
August 1, 2000
Vance DeGeneres pretends he’s in a Dateline report and interviews a city where everyone acts like Rocky Balboa or a Founding Father.
September 18th, 1999
This is DeGeneres again, reporting on Philadelphia native Larry Fine, “a Stooge who many think best personified the City of Brotherly Love.” I’m okay with that! The Larry Fine mural was, indeed, later painted above Jon’s Bar & Grille on South Street.