'The Daily Show' Coming To Charlotte's ImaginOn
Charlotte's ImaginOn will play host to one of the hottest tickets in town during the Democratic National Convention. Jon Stewart and his satirical news program "The Daily Show" will broadcast four nights from the same theater where the Children's Theatre of Charlotte stages its productions. Children's Theatre Director Bruce LaRowe says the theater and library will split a rental fee of at least $95,000 from the Daily Show. "When they were in Denver at the last national convention, they were at a wonderful facility and it was eight miles away from the convention center. They're one block away from the arena," says LaRowe. "The opportunity to be able to have elected individuals and dignitaries be here in a wonderful facility like this with the proximity was also very compelling to them as they were considering facilities." This will be the ninth time the show has gone on the road. Jon Stewart skewered politicians at both the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2008. In a press release, Comedy Central says "125 smart-aleck New Yorkers" will come down to work on the production. It'll take about a week to prepare the theater for broadcast. Monday morning's announcement sparked a frenzy of locals reserving free tickets to the Daily Show during its Charlotte run. All tickets disappeared within an hour.