Samantha Bee is a senior correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. And now, she’s out with a new book: I Know I Am, But What Are You? I talked with her in a Q&A.
How did you get your job on The Daily Show?
I auditioned for the show. I wish it were a better story. I was saving orphans from a burning building and Jon Stewart happened to be one of those orphans. There’s really no magic to it. I auditioned for the show and they hired me.
Every reporter on The Daily Show has the title of “senior correspondent.” What does it take to become a senior correspondent?
You just have to start aging and really stick it out. You have to kill those before you. You have to eliminate those before you. And rise up the ranks.
Is there any higher level than senior correspondent?
Elder correspondent. I’m gunning for that position.
What is a day in your life like?
I’m obviously carried to work on the backs of sweaty interns and polished in various ways once I get to the office and fed rich sweet meats to keep my skin glowing. And also, I live really close to work and I come to work every day like a normal person.
What is something that would surprise people about The Daily Show?
I feel like when I didn’t work here, I really did think it was just going to be one big room where everyone was just like tossing tennis balls back and forth and riffing on staff.
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