We went to the taping of the Daily Show tonight (we being Mrs. By Justin Fox and I, together with a pair of leading residents of Montclair, N.J.). It was hard at first to get into the whole loud-cheering state of mind required of a TV show audience. But the other audience members were so entertaining that eventually we couldn’t help but join in.
The big revelation was that Rob Corddry, Jason Jones and the other “senior correspondents” aren’t just standing in front of a green screen when they make their supposed reports from Belarus or Lincoln Center or wherever. They’re standing in front of a green screen 10 feet away from Jon Stewart’s desk. TV is magic, isn’t it?