Feb 4, 2020
The Daily Show Goes To Moscow. Just Like A Commie.
For the Winter Olympics, The Daily Show sent Jason Jones to Moscow, which is no longer the USSR but is now like America “with a fucked up alphabet.” Best moment of the Cold War Nostalgia groove: Mikhial Gorbachev, unaccountably still alive, threatens to put Jones through a wall for trying to pull an unscheduled interview. Also fun are the media-savvy Moscovites on the street who recognize Drago from Rocky IV as a “Russian stereotype” and Boris and Natasha as characters from an “American bullshit cartoon” (Bullshit, Bullwinkle, whatevs).
Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonav has a fun turn as the traditional TDS interview foil; it seems that even members of the Duma are familiar with the show, though, because he takes Jones’ faux-hostile questions in stride and turns them back on him. Who’s a Cold War good guy? Obviously, says Nikonav, it’s the nation that defeated the Nazis. Also, enjoy Nikonav’s well-faked American accent in response to Jones’ cartoonish Russian-tinged “Bad guys talk like this.” Jones doesn’t discover a lot of nostalgia for the good old days of fearing nuclear annihilation, except maybe at the “Stalin’s bunker” tourist attraction, where they simulate nuking America every 15 minutes.
Why Moscow and not Sochi? a Comedy Central press release doesn’t provide any clues; we’re guessing the comedy network couldn’t get press credentials. Or maybe he’ll make it to Sochi later in the week.
And since we’re playing “fun with Russian accents,” why not One More Time for this Russian police choir cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”?