NEW YORK, October 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 attempt to answer the age-old question: Just what the hell is a buckeye
“Midwest Midterm Midtacular” election coverage episodes will feature news and analysis on heated races from across the country as well as reports from “The Daily Show” News Team (Dan Bakkedahl, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, John Oliver and Rob Riggle), which will provide political commentary from various locations in Ohio to give viewers a unique perspective that only a true outsider can provide. Segments include: “Hello Columbus” – Samantha Bee takes a tour of Columbus, the city she believes she grew up in; “The Swing State” – John Oliver looks at the same small town that is always on everyone’s campaign trail; and “In Search of the Next President” – Rob Riggle tries to find the next President in Ohio.
Also featured throughout the week will be all-new “Trendspotting with Demetri Martin” segments with Martin examining the trends of modern-day campus life. Guest appearances include LeBron James (October 30), Ohio State University Professor John Mueller (November 1) and Borat Sagdiyev (November 2).
This marks the fifth time the series has made a road trip Philadelphia and Los Angeles (2000) Washington, D.C. (2002) and Boston (2004) to continue 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.
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.