Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” prides itself on its fake news. Now a few pranksters have started a fake “Daily Show” — using the show’s real set.
L.A.-based comedy Web site Mouth of America (www.moan.tv) recently bought the retired “Daily Show” set on eBay and has embarking on a national tour with it.
“The Daily Set Without Jon Stewart,” as the group calls it, kicked off in New York on Oct. 14 and uses look-alikes of cast members to present spontaneous skits at the various stops. Tour stops include D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago and other cities before returning to L.A. Perfs will be podcast from the road.
MOAN members, who also work at media consultancy (new)VenturePR, paid just over $2,000 for what troupe member Hal Bringman describes as a “500-pound, honking piece of the ‘Daily Show.'”
So is this sincere homage or postmodern headache?
Bringman calls “The Daily Show” “an oasis of truth in the media world,” but acknowledges the difficulty of spoofing a spoof.
Comedy Central sounded a little less enthusiastic about the idea.
” ‘The Daily Set Without Jon Stewart’ is not ‘The Daily Show,’ ” says spokesman Tony Fox, who stopped short of invoking legal action but says, “We’re keeping an eye on the situation.”
Bringman says the campaign to find look-alikes has gone well — sort of.
“We’ve gotten a lot of Jon Stewarts,” he says. “But no one’s really claimed ownership of the other cast members.”