Jon Stewart and ‘The Daily Show’ wrap up their Austin visit

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is in Austin, Texas all week for Democalypse 2014 South by South Mess being recorded at the Zach Theatre.  RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has been in Austin all week, taping Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess at the Zach Theatre.
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By Dale Roe
American-Statesman staff

Jon Stewart wrapped up a week’s worth of broadcasts of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” from Austin on Thursday with cracks about Republicans, keeping the city weird and barbecue.

“I am more Brisket than man now,” Stewart said, referring to a barbecue meal from Franklin’s. Even though it was catered, Stewart said, the popular Austin barbecue restaurant still made him wait 5 hours in line.

In his opening piece, Stewart skewered the Republicans who represent Austin in Congress to cheers, whoops and laughter from the overwhelmingly liberal audience.

Correspondent Samantha Bee appeared in a taped piece in which she talked to a number of tattooed and pierced “weird” Austinites at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, discovering that what was weird was actually the way our Congressional districts span from Austin to Houston to San Antonio.

At one point, she elicited a definition of gerrymandering from Austin “Lizardman” and professional freak Erik Sprague, who is tattooed green, has a split tongue and sports sub-dermal, teflon horn implants that form ridges above his eyes. After Sprague’s succinct and accurate definition of the process, which shifts the geographic boundaries of voting districts to influence election outcomes, Bee thanked him and asked him if he wanted a cricket.

Stewart seemed genuinely endeared and a little saddened by some Austinites’ hopes that the state would eventually go blue when it currently could not be any redder “if you took Clifford the big red dog and inserted him into Satan’s rectum.”

Before the show and between segments, Stewart prowled the stage interacting with and taking questions from the audience. Like any good news outfit (even a fake one) much of the conversation revolved around food.

When one audience member asked if Stewart considered himself a fan of the breakfast taco, the host admitted that he hadn’t when he and the crew first arrived. But now, he joked, he wraps himself in a flour tortilla every night before going to sleep.

“Daily Show” correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper answered crowd questions while the stage was transformed for the show’s musical guest, the Austin band Spoon, which played a trio of songs. in between songs, Stewart joked that he looked like the band manager and intimated that the world’s best comedian would do worse with the ladies than the world’s worst bass player.

“If I was capable of doing that,” he said, extending his hand toward the band, “I would totally do that instead of this.”

Stewart seemed sincerely grateful for the support, hospitality and reception that he and the show have received since arriving, talking about it before during and after the taping.

“I walked to work and you know what people did? They smiled at me,” he said. “And I smiled back.”

This week’s comedy: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Matthew Bearden hosts Punch! Tuesday night at Cap City Comedy Club.
Matthew Bearden hosts Punch! Tuesday night at Cap City Comedy Club.

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Paul Mecurio. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. Jimmy Shubert. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Pass the Mic,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $5-$10. the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Scott Hardy with J. D. Moore. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 31 – Nov. 6

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Paul Mecurio. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. Jimmy Shubert. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Pass the Mic,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $5-$10. the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Scott Hardy with J. D. Moore. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 24-30

The comedian Godfrey.
The comedian Godfrey.

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Godfrey. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$21. Paul Mecurio. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“The Daily Show Podcast (Without Jon Stewart).” The show broadcasts from Austin starting Monday for a week. On Sunday, writers and producers will do a night of standup and discussion that will be recorded and released as an episode of the show’s podcast. Head writer Elliott Kalan will moderate a talk and audience Q&A with correspondents Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, Jordan Klepper and Aasif Mandvi. Benefits Team RWB in Austin. 8 p.m. Sunday (doors at 7 p.m.). $15 advance, $20 at the door. The North Door, 502 Brushy St. http://www.ndvenue.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Pass the Mic,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $5-$10. the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. John Ramsey with Aaron Brooks. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

 

This week’s comedy: Oct. 17-23

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Bass Concert Hall. Jim Gaffigan. This comic is able to wrestle hilarious and wholly original observations out of the most mundane subjects and craft them into little, comic gems. Gaffigan’s appearance here is in support of his second book, “Food: A Love Story,” the follow-up to his New York Times best-seller, “Dad is Fat.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 E. Campus Drive. $50-$76. 512-471-2787, texasperformingarts.org.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Jen Kober. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$19. Godfrey. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. “Virgin Territory,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Pass the Mic,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $5-$10. the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Ryan Cownie with Chris Tellez. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 10-16

Billy Wayne Davis will perform
Billy Wayne Davis will perform at the Velveeta Room Saturday.

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Dov Davidoff. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$21. Jen Kober. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

Paramount Theatre. Tig Notaro. Aside from being, you know, funny on stage, the movie (“In a World,” “Walk of Shame”) and television veteran (“Suburgatory,” “Garfunkel and Oates”) is also an author, TED talker, podcaster and frequent NPR guest. 8 p.m. Thursday. 713 Congress Ave. $32-$40. 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Pass the Mic,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $5-$10. the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Billy Wayne Davis with Duncan Carson. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this blog had the incorrect date for Tig Notaro at the Paramount. The correct date is Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

This week’s comedy: Oct. 3-9

Ellana Kelter as Wendy Davis, left, and Shannon Sedwick as Ann Richards uphold Texas values in Esther’s Follies musical comedy revue. Photo Credit: Kirk Tuck
Ellana Kelter as Wendy Davis, left, and Shannon Sedwick as Ann Richards uphold Texas values in Esther’s Follies musical comedy revue. Photo Credit: Kirk Tuck

Austin Java Parkway. “Sure Thing,” a weekly comedy show. 8 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1206 Parkway. 512-476-1829, http://www.facebook.com/SureThingATX.

Cap City Comedy Club. “Last Comic Standing” showcase. The NBC primetime comedy competition will visit Austin in their search for Season 9 contestants. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9.“Punch!” with Matt Bearden. 8 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$9. Wendy Liebman. 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $17-$21. Dov Davidoff. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $10-$16. 8120 Research Blvd., No. 100, 512-467-2333, http://www.capcitycomedy.com.

“Octoberfest of Funny!” Esther’s Follies presents political comedy, magic and musical satires of Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, http://www.esthersfollies.com.

The Institution Theater. Improv and off-beat theater. “Crash Every Party,” 8 p.m. Fridays. “Mister Morbid’s,” 10 p.m. Fridays. “Risen,” 8 p.m. Saturdays. “Weirdsville, USA,” 10 p.m. Saturday. ‘The Rubber Room,” 8 p.m. Sundays. Free-$12. 3708 Woodbury Drive. 512-895-9580, http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com.

The New Movement. “Pass the Mic,” 8 p.m. Sunday. Plus more improv and stand-up shows throughout the week. $5-$10. the New Movement, 616 Lavaca St. 512-696-2590, http://www.newmovementtheater.com.

The Velveeta Room. Stand-up comedy hosted by Avery Moore. $5. 11 p.m. Friday. Jay LaFarr with Bob Khosravi. $10. 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday. Speed Mic. $5. 9 p.m. Thursday. 521 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9116, http://www.thevelveetaroom.com.