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Kutner: I don't know that there was directly an impact on us, like in terms of -- basically anyone we knew, knew that this was coming and what it would mean. I mean, the very small thing that was kind of sad for me was, I had arranged for tickets for people to the show and I had to start calling and emailing people -- this is people who came in from out of town, or someone's birthday, they won an auction, I was like, "Sorry! No show." So that was one thing. It was probably different for us in terms of, versus the scripted shows, the episodic shows, because they have a longer timeframe to go on the air; it takes about a month from scripting to on the air, at the very least, so they have sort of a messy situation where you have the writer-producers having to figure out whether they're gonna go in, because they have episodes that are written, or partially written, or written and ready to be produced, or partially shot, you know, so for us it was kind of a clean break, is what I'm saying. Like, we basically are daily, so we went in on [that] Friday not knowing what was going to happen, but sort of -- we prepared some material, we basically wrote enough material for, to do a show Monday...we had enough material ready, so we were basically proceeding as if we were going to, and then obviously when we got the call, we just...didn't go into work, and that was sort of the end of it. So it's a little spooky, in a certain way.

Sars: But The Daily Show...I mean, I got a call from a reporter, I think [that first] Wednesday, who was doing a story on people who get their news from The Daily Show.

Kutner: Right, right. My favorite canard.

Sars: Right, that their primary source of newsy information is The Daily Show and what are these people gonna do, and how soon are we gonna see the effects of their...increased ignorance, or whatever. I'm not exactly sure -- I get my news from online, so I was kind of a short interview on the subject, but I guess what I was driving at was --

Kutner: What do I think people are gonna do about it?

Sars: Not so much that, but whether it's a canard or not, you must hear these sort of grand pronunciamentos that people make about The Daily Show and its role in the culture, so --

Kutner: Well, first of all, it is certainly a canard, because I think our audience gets their news elsewhere as well, because otherwise they wouldn't get our jokes, or why our angles on them have a satiric, comedic value, they wouldn't get it if they didn't understand what was going on, so that whole idea, I've always thought it's a little bit overblown 'cause it's a favorite meme of the media.

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Kutner: I don't know that there was directly an impact on us, like in terms of -- basically anyone we knew, knew that this was coming and what it would mean. I mean, the very small thing that was kind of sad for me was, I had arranged for tickets for people to the show and I had to start calling and emailing people -- this is people who came in from out of town, or someone's birthday, they won an auction, I was like, "Sorry! No show." So that was one thing. It was probably different for us in terms of, versus the scripted shows, the episodic shows, because they have a longer timeframe to go on the air; it takes about a month from scripting to on the air, at the very least, so they have sort of a messy situation where you have the writer-producers having to figure out whether they're gonna go in, because they have episodes that are written, or partially written, or written and ready to be produced, or partially shot, you know, so for us it was kind of a clean break, is what I'm saying. Like, we basically are daily, so we went in on [that] Friday not knowing what was going to happen, but sort of -- we prepared some material, we basically wrote enough material for, to do a show Monday...we had enough material ready, so we were basically proceeding as if we were going to, and then obviously when we got the call, we just...didn't go into work, and that was sort of the end of it. So it's a little spooky, in a certain way.

Sars: But The Daily Show...I mean, I got a call from a reporter, I think [that first] Wednesday, who was doing a story on people who get their news from The Daily Show.

Kutner: Right, right. My favorite canard.

Sars: Right, that their primary source of newsy information is The Daily Show and what are these people gonna do, and how soon are we gonna see the effects of their...increased ignorance, or whatever. I'm not exactly sure -- I get my news from online, so I was kind of a short interview on the subject, but I guess what I was driving at was --

Kutner: What do I think people are gonna do about it?

Sars: Not so much that, but whether it's a canard or not, you must hear these sort of grand pronunciamentos that people make about The Daily Show and its role in the culture, so --

Kutner: Well, first of all, it is certainly a canard, because I think our audience gets their news elsewhere as well, because otherwise they wouldn't get our jokes, or why our angles on them have a satiric, comedic value, they wouldn't get it if they didn't understand what was going on, so that whole idea, I've always thought it's a little bit overblown 'cause it's a favorite meme of the media.

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