The Daily Show Chicago: Encapsulating the Audience Experience

The Daily Show Chicago: Encapsulating the Audience Experience

Night one of The Daily Show Chicago produced an atmosphere so energetic that a segment actually had to be re-taped.

When the video montage of President Donald Trump bad-mouthing Chicago, attempting to depict our fair city as a lawless hellscape was shown, the crowd booed so boisterously that it drowned out everything else picked up by the recording equipment.

Once the whole episode had been recorded, this brief segment had to be recorded again in order to be usable for air.

It just shows you the true magnitude of the repugnance for Trump in the nation's third largest city; in case the fact that hundreds of people braved the February cold to moon Trump Tower didn't convey that enough.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Musician and actor Common appears on The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Lets Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold Comedy Centrals The Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 from Chicagos The Athenaeum Theatre and airing nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 10:00 p.m. CT on October 16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Musician and actor Common appears on The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Lets Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold Comedy Centrals The Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 from Chicagos The Athenaeum Theatre and airing nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 10:00 p.m. CT on October 16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Accompanying the montage of Trump bashing Chicago was a collection of FOX News Channel talking heads attacking 44th President of these United States Barack Obama for allegedly letting his hometown descend into carnage and chaos.

As show host Trevor Noah pointed out, Chicago is nowhere near the top of the list in annual murders per capita, but it's a Trumpian and ultra-conservative punching bag anyway because they tie the persistent gun violence to Obama.

As we've written about extensively in the past, this is all about a bitter grudge that Trump and the right have against POTUS 44.

Or as Noah joked: "when there's violence in Chicago, it's Obama's hometown; otherwise he's from Kenya."

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Trevor Noah on The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Lets Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold Comedy Centrals The Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 from Chicagos The Athenaeum Theatre and airing nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 10:00 p.m. CT on October 16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Trevor Noah on The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Lets Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold Comedy Centrals The Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 from Chicagos The Athenaeum Theatre and airing nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 10:00 p.m. CT on October 16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

You can watch a video clip of this segment via Facebook at this link, or on Twitter at this link.

Bashing Trump was the primary, but far from only, page in the "This is How You Play Chicago" handbook that Noah effectively integrated into his act at the Athenaeum Theatre today.

Noah rocked upon the mic, and rocked the mic right as he and the rest of The Daily Show Chicago performers hit many of the requisite local allusions and reference jokes:

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"GO CUBS!" "Defend the honor of our pizza!" "Tell us why we're BETTER than New York City!" and other time-tested, tried and true methods of getting any house in Chicago on your side.

In case you're one of the lucky few who have tickets to one of the three remaining tapings this week, we've articulated some of the more important FYIs.

Or if you're just interested in what The Daily Show Chicago audience experience is like, we've recapped that for you too.

-You won't be getting any Instagrams from this

No photos, videos, or even phone usage during the show, and this is enforced in a fashion that lies somewhere between Draconian and Fascistic on the spectrum. So don't even think about it. Also, there are few, if any, real photo-opps at the theatre which could convey to your followers where you were today.

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-Make sure you go to the bathroom beforehand

There are bathroom breaks, but it's very tricky, and limited, and you'll end up missing the whole show.

-There is no desk actually! 

It was really interesting to see the show "undesked" and the set consists of an elevated train (the L) theme- very cool!

-Episode One Focused on the City's Problems with Gun Violence

In addition to all the laughs that were had during the initial episode of The Daily Show Chicago, we saw and heard plenty of serious, sober moments as well.

The Cease Fire Program and its leader Ulysses Floyd was featured in the mid-show field segment, and local Emmy and Oscar winning Rapper/Actor/Producer Common was the interview guest.

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If you're not familiar with either or both, I suggest you take the time to learn what each man is about and listen to their messages.

While getting in to The Daily Show Chicago studio audience will be a tough ticket, access to their Donald J. Trump Twitter Presidential Library will be quite easy.

The satirical library, which lampoons Presidential libraries and pokes fun at the president’s distaste for reading, will occupy the Burlington Room in Union Station (225 S. Canal) and be free of charge.

The collection of Trump's most memorable and egregious Twitter postings can be accessed through the Great Hall. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Trevor Noah and musician and actor Common on The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Lets Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold Comedy Centrals The Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 from Chicagos The Athenaeum Theatre and airing nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 10:00 p.m. CT on October 16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Trevor Noah and musician and actor Common on The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Lets Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold Comedy Centrals The Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19 from Chicagos The Athenaeum Theatre and airing nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 10:00 p.m. CT on October 16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

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