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"Daily Show" Correspondent Keeps It Real in Iraq

"Daily Show" Correspondent Keeps It Real in Iraq


When "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" correspondent Rob Riggle reports on the Iraq war tonight, the segment will be a little different from Riggle's typical dispatches on "Mess O'Potamia." This time, Riggle will actually be reporting from Iraq.

Riggle, who was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming one of the "Daily Show"'s funny guys, recently spent five days with troops in Iraq as part of a USO comedy tour. While there, he and a "Daily Show" writer and producer gathered video footage to use on the show this week — the first time the show has reported from Iraq.

War is, obviously, a serious matter, so where's the funny part? Mostly, the reports will be making fun of Riggle and his adventures while overseas. "Of course what's going on is serious, and we take it very seriously," Riggle told the Hollywood Reporter. "Any humor we did, it's on me being an idiot. We know where the line is."

With embedded reporters and interviews with presidential candidates, the fake-news show is starting to look more and more like a real news outlet. I'm curious to see what Riggle has to say about Iraq now that he's seen the war up close.

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