Mayor Bob Buckhorn didn't get a chance to watch "The Daily Show" Tuesday night, but a reporter alerted him that the episode included lap dances and a monstrous palmetto bug.
"I think most folks recognize humor when they see it," he said. "It is what it is, and if we can't laugh at ourselves then shame on us."
Tampa has a lot of great qualities, and certainly it has some blemishes, he said.
"If people remember Tampa – even if it is for giant, man-eating palmetto bugs, I'll take it."