The Onion A.V. Club — a.k.a the serious part of the weekly satirical newspaper — has an interview with the Daily Show‘s Rob Corddry, whose profile, as FishbowlNY pointed out earlier, is quickly rising along the Stephen Colbert-Steve Carell-Mo Rocca continuum.
Corddry has kind words for the Daily Show executives for being cool about letting their stars work on other projects — unlike a “sort of Lorne Michaels control over us” — as well as insight into the show’s “field reporting.”
AVC: At this point, you can’t assume that people don’t know who you are, and what The Daily Show is. Has it made doing those harder?
RC: It’s actually made doing them a little bit easier. It has not hurt our ability to get people on the show, for sure. The only thing that’s harder is people trying to anticipate and then play along with the joke. And that’s just death to any field piece. Sometimes now we have to offer disclaimers, where we didn’t have to before. We have to actually say, “Look, I think you’re really funny, but none of your jokes are going to make it on the air. So just answer my questions. Seriously.”