Today Sun Mon
It is forecast to be Chance of a Thunderstorm at 11:00 PM EDT on August 02, 2014
Chance of a Thunderstorm
24°/18°
It is forecast to be Clear at 11:00 PM EDT on August 03, 2014
Clear
24°/17°
It is forecast to be Clear at 11:00 PM EDT on August 04, 2014
Clear
24°/18°

33 Comments

culture

The Daily Show Travels Hundreds of Miles to Mock Mayor Rob Ford

The Daily Show comes to Canada to see City Hall for itself.

The mayor’s scandals have been joke fodder on U.S. late-night comedy shows for weeks now, but Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Show may just have outdone all the others. The difference, in this case, is that the show actually sent a correspondent, Jessica Williams, to Toronto. Her interview with Councillor John Parker (Ward 26, Don Valley West) is legendary.

Words can barely do justice to the rest of the segment; it needs to be watched. It’s embedded above.

UPDATE: November 21, 2013, 12:00 PM The video that was embedded at the top of this post seems to have been removed from YouTube, but you can still watch the segment on The Comedy Network’s website.

Comments

  • The Man With No Name

    If only we had Canadian shows on a Canadian network making Rob Ford jokes…oh wait, we do. Quick, someone tell the Hipsterati.

    • matthewfabb

      Both Rick Mercer Report & This Hour Has 22 Minutes have done good bits on Rob Ford, and it’s just too bad that they aren’t on more often like the Daily Show, rather than once a week.

      That said, personally I find this skit by the Daily Show to be so far the funniest Rob Ford bit that I’ve seen to date.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      If only those shows were worth watching or nearly as clever… (thinking specifically of 22 Minutes).

      • Steveinto

        I can see why some find 22 minutes not worth watching. A steady diet of Americanism will do that.

        • 4ChanApologist

          The jokes are lazy and poorly executed. It’s not particularly clever or funny. Are we supposed to watch 22 minutes just because it’s Canadian? Should we all rush out and exclusively buy Blackberries and MDG computers too?

          • Steveinto

            Whatever. they are more relevant to me as Canadian.

          • OgtheDim

            In the case of Rob Ford, the Americans have been doing it better.

          • torontothegreat

            Not if you count Rob Ford himself

          • rich1299

            I’d agree for about maybe 2/3 t0 3/4 of their material but they do have some pretty funny stuff at times, admittedly I mostly watch clips from their show. I thought their “what sound does Ford make” video was excellent.

          • The Man With No Name

            No, but it makes more sense to report on Canadian comedy about a Canadian issue than to say “LOOK! THE AMERICANS HAVE NOTICED US FINALLY! WE’RE WORLD CLASS!”

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          I haven’t had cable in two years and didn’t watch talk shows when I did, so what “Americanism”?

      • HotDang

        Probably better than the SNL skit.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          The SNL skit was funny only because it referenced Chris Farley’s shtick at the end.

      • Sean_Marshall

        At its mid 1990s peak (the mBanx-era bank commercials and Quebec referendum skits were gold), the Royal Canadian Air Farce’s TV show might have done some great Ford sketches. But it too was only weekly, with a 24-show season.

      • The Man With No Name

        The point is that local satirical comedy is ignored while Americans are celebrated. If 22 Minutes was American and had hipster cred you’d be all over it.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          I can’t tell if you’re accusing me of ignoring Canadian shows like 22 Minutes, or Torontoist for not posting clips from them. The few TDS and Jimmy Kimmel clips posted here over the last week are the most I’ve seen of those shows in years – I’m an equal opportunity ignorer.

          Points deducted for ridiculous injection of anti-hipster nonsense.

    • OgtheDim

      Free Trade

      Blame Mulroney.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    …..and both the Star and Globe are reporting Dave from Scarborough is no longer working at City Hall. We are watching the slow and steady dismantling of Mayor Football’s Sideshow Circus. Of course, RoFo will happily turn his attention to the celebrity interview circuit as he really didn’t like the Mayor’s job anyway.

    • em_robin

      So now he is Canada’s Sarah Palin?

      • vampchick21

        Something like that.

      • bobloblawbloblawblah

        He’s very much a Toronto version of Sarah Palin. Sarah is more eloquent but no more believable than Ford. Also, they both share the same level high self regard and ignorance, a finely honed sense of entitlement and come with familes that have more than their fair share of *ahem*, character.

        • vampchick21

          To give credit where credit is due, Palin at least doesn’t do crack in drunken stupors. Which is the only good thing I can say about her.

  • steve
    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      You’re getting spammy, Steve.

  • wklis

    Maybe Rob will now have to actually read the council handbook himself.

    • HotDang

      Good one.

  • Troubled

    Why is the police not interrogating Ford? There is ,apparently , a lot of evidence about his affiliation with underworld types, some of whom, have been taken into custody for questioning ; why not Ford ? The courts have incarcerated people with the flimsiest of evidence against them about their affiliations; what excludes Ford?
    Who is protecting Ford?

    • dsmithhfx

      There’s been speculation to the effect that poilce/crown are developing more serious charges than drug possession, dui etc, to possibly include conspiracy, extortion, accessory to murder or worse. Of course, the police could go ahead and charge him for the less serious stuff now, and the more serious later — as they routinely do for anyone else who is not the mayor/a millionaire. It remains to be seen whether anything will come of this, but one might think his ongoing refusal to speak to the police would move them to action.

      • rich1299

        I got to assume they’re having trouble gathering reliable evidence against Ford for the more serious charges or someone is blocking their investigation. The ITO states that members of the the Dixon Goonies weren’t cooperative with police when asked about Ford, perhaps they’ve yet to arrange plea deals with them to get Ford. The guy who murdered Anthony Smith was allowed to plea to manslaughter instead and in an extremely unusual move the evidence against him remained sealed.

        When going for someone like Ford they need to make sure the charges will stick since he’s a wealthy politician, its not fair or just to treat low income people or minorities differently but they don’t have the ability to create major headaches for the cops. Its big game hunting when a cop arrests a wealthy politician, I don’t think they assigned their top homicide investigator to Ford’s case just to be cautious. I just hope they arrest him at city hall and call the press beforehand, it will be very satisfying to see him lead out of there in hand cuffs in news clips shown around the world.

    • matthewfabb

      Yesterday, two more drug dealers were arrested in Project Brazen 2, the investigation that Lisi and the Rob Ford are involved in.The investigation is ongoing, so it’s unknown if the police are still trying to build a case against Rob Ford or what exactly is going on.

  • HotDang

    Yes… I’ve been noticing that a lot of the vegetation started dying off in mid October. Must be chem trails.

  • torontothegreat

    It’s satire.

  • maros55

    Jessica Williams was awesome. The sketch was well worth of traveling those ‘hundreads of miles’. Guys, no matter how you like the Mayor of Toronto, he lacks common decency, he’s not capable of tolerable conduct – BY FAR – and he’s one of the most ridiculous pubilc figures, ever.