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'Daily Show' pokes fun at Tampa's strip club reputation

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:29 AM

Tampa and the Republicans took some jabs Tuesday when the "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" taped its first live show from the Straz Center.

Audience members lined up at the crack of dawn to ensure they got a ticket for admission.

"I've wanted to see his show live for as long as he's been on the air," said Jennette Wakeman, visiting from Utah after seeing the show. "I was here before the sun came up. There was no way I wasn't going to see (Stewart)."

The show, which is in Tampa for a week, has dubbed its coverage "RNC 2012: The Road to Jeb Bush 2016."

After a brief warm-up Tuesday, Stewart settled into his familiar desk segments with reports from the "The Best (expletive) News Team Ever" including Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, John Oliver and Jessica Williams.

The crew was assigned "Welcome to Tampa" segments for the Comedy Central show that put Oliver in East Tampa's Grant Park reporting from "a land that time forgot" that compared Tampa's heat and humidity to a subway in Haiti.

Jones poked fun at Tampa's reputation as the strip club capital of the world while a scantily clad woman gave him a lap dance. And Bee was shown being whisked away by a giant Palmetto bug.

Before the show, Stewart took questions from the audience including one asking if had visited a Tampa strip club?

"I'm a 49-year-old married man with two kids at a national convention. Why would I do that now that Twitter exists?"

Would he attend a party at the University of Tampa?

"Sure, I'll be the creepy guy at the UT party."

And did the show reach out to Florida Gov. Scott?

"Yes, I wrote him a personal letter. Well, I cut letters out of a magazine and sent it to him. He is not coming that I'm aware of."

During the show that aired Tuesday night, Stewart commented on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's remarks about rape, Mitt Romney's Bain Capital record and MSNBC's use of split images during hurricanes.

Stewart and his guest, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, talked about a variety of issues ranging from tax reform to jobs shipped overseas to the Cuban embargo.

"I think you should leave the Senate and take over for Rick Scott," Stewart said. "Florida deserves a governor with hair."

On Wednesday night, Stewart's guest will be former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain; on Thursday, ex-Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, on Friday he will go solo with no guests. "The Daily Show" airs at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.

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