NEW YORK, August 23, 2006- “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” travels to the heart of America’s most hotly contested swing state to cover the Midterm elections. “Battlefield Ohio: ‘The Daily Show’s’ Midwest Midterm Midtacular” will be taped at the Roy Bowen Theatre at the Ohio State University and will air nightly at 11:00 p.m. from Monday, October 30 through Thursday, November 2. Host Jon Stewart will be joined by his team of award–seeking commentators and correspondents as they seek to answer the age–old question: Just what the hell is a buckeye
This marks the fifth time the series has made a road trip–Philadelphia and Los Angeles (2000) Washington, D.C. (2002) and Boston (2004)– and continues its critically–acclaimed and award-winning “Indecision” coverage. The series first earned its political stripes during the now–infamous 2000 election, receiving an Emmy Award and a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its year–long “Indecision 2000” coverage of the race for the White House, feats repeated during the series’ “Indecision 2004” election reporting.
In addition, the series will air a half–hour election night special live from COMEDY CENTRAL’s World News Headquarters in New York City featuring up–to–the–minute results of the day’s races from across the country. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ‘Indecision 2006’ Election Night” special premieres Tuesday, November 7 at 11:00 p.m. ET (tape delayed on West Coast). Also, for the first time ever, “The Colbert Report” will go live and deliver its own half-hour election night special to The Nation on Tuesday, November 7 at 11:30 p.m. ET (tape delayed on West Coast).
“Midwest Midterm Midtacular” election coverage episodes will feature in–studio interviews and surprise guest appearances by top–level politicians and newsmakers. Also, “The Daily Show” correspondents Dan Bakkedahl, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and John Oliver will provide political commentary from various locations in and around Ohio to give viewers a unique perspective that only a true outsider can provide. For tickets to any of the four broadcasts at Ohio State University, viewers can send requests to email@example.com.
Politicians who have appeared on “The Daily Show” include Former President Bill Clinton, Former President Jimmy Carter, Former Vice President Al Gore, Senator John McCain, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Senator John Kerry, Senator Joe Biden, Senator Bob Kerrey, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Norm Coleman, Senator Arlen Specter, Senator Barack Obama, Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator Trent Lott, Senator Rick Santorum, Senator Russ Feingold, Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Dick Gephardt, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator John Edwards, who announced his intention to run for the 2004 Democratic nomination during an appearance on “The Daily Show” on September 15, 2003.
The Emmy and Peabody Award–winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” was launched in the summer of 1996. The nightly news satire takes a reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports, entertainment and the media. In each show, Stewart and a team of correspondents, including Dan Bakkedahl, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and John Oliver, comment on the day’s stories employing actual news footage, taped field pieces, in–studio guests and on–the–spot coverage of important news events.
Jon Stewart and Ben Karlin are the executive producers of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” with Kahane Corn serving as co-executive producer. The series’ head writer is David Javerbaum who is also supervising producer. Chuck O’Neil is the director.