'Daily Show' Invades Iraq

Fake news program sends comedy correspondent to real combat zone
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2007 1:12 AM CDT
This undated photo, supplied by Comedy Central, shows Rob Riggle. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will be reporting from Iraq for real next week, with onsite dispatches from Riggle, the show's senior...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The scene might not be quite so funny this week on spoof news program "The Daily Show" as  comedy correspondent Rob Riggle returns with actual on-the-scene reports from an actual week in Iraq.  Beginning last night the show aired footage shot by Riggle's crew with hand-held cameras while he was entertaining troops with the USO.

It's a first for the Daily Show, but not for Riggle, who has seen combat as a major in the Marine Corps.  Riggle said troops, who quoted lines to him from the program, were happy to  see them. "Of course what's going on is serious, and we take it very seriously," said Riggle. "Any humor we did, it's on me being an idiot."