Last night’s joint TV programme between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert went out live coast-to-coast on Comedy Central and was also shown on the big screen in Times Square, New York. The live programme (or “Actually Live” as they said) – called “Indecision 2008: America’s Choice” – was an historic event in itself with Colbert and Stewart teaming up for a live broadcast.
As More 4 air The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in the UK and FX UK air The Colbert Report in the UK, this special “Indecision 2008: America’s Choice” programme will be shown on both channels. It will be on More 4 at 8.45pm tonight and on FX UK at 10pm tonight. The show is about 1 hour long.
If you can’t wait until tonight, the official election blog for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report (Indecision2008.com) has uploaded various clips from the special 4th November show.
Jon Stewart got the chance to announce Barack Obama was the next US President live as it happened. The Associated Press reports “Stewart became the first comedian to announce presidential election results on live national television. Sensing the end was imminent, the broadcast delayed its signoff for a moment, as offstage producers gave the closing cue while hovering over TV monitors showing. When they said the election had been called, the comedians effectively became newsmen”. Jon Stewart looked close to tears as he announced “at 11 o’clock at night – Eastern Standard Time – the president of the United States is Barack Obama”.