Bee pre­pares for some tears as her Daily Show exit looms

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cas­san­dra Szklarski

TORONTO — Sa­man­tha Bee says she’s stocked up on wa­ter­proof mas­cara and wa­ter­proof eye­liner in prepa­ra­tion for her fi­nal episode of The Daily Show with Jon Ste­wart.

Af­ter 12 years with the satir­i­cal nightly news show, the Toronto-born comic makes her fi­nal ap­pear­ance as Most Se­nior Cor­re­spon­dent on Thurs­day. There will be tears, she prom­ises. “I have been re­ally emo­tional since the news broke and all that stuff. So I’m go­ing to be cry­ing for sure,” Bee says of how she’ll han­dle her last tap­ing.

“I went to the drug­store to­day and I lit­er­ally bought wa­ter­proof mas­cara and wa­ter­proof eye­liner just to get through the next week.”

Reached by phone re­cently in New York, Bee noted she had cried ear­lier that day when she taped her fi­nal pod­cast for the show.

As luck would have it, that also hap­pened to be the first episode of a video­taped ver­sion.

“My lucky day,” Bee quipped with her trade­mark snark.

“To­day they got to (see) me weep­ing — not just hear it silently muf­fled over the course of the pod­cast.”

Be­sides tears, Bee says Thurs­day’s Daily Show episode will fea­ture a “best-of” ret­ro­spec­tive of her most mem­o­rable mo­ments.

She’s just the lat­est in a string of per­son­al­i­ties ex­it­ing the Com­edy hit: her hus­band and fel­low cor­re­spon­dent Ja­son Jones left on March 26, and host Jon Ste­wart is set to make his last ap­pear­ance as host on Aug. 6.

Bee says she’s ex­cited about a slew of am­bi­tious new ven­tures, in­clud­ing her own com­edy se­ries for TBS and a com­edy pi­lot for TBS she cre­ated and writes with Jones, who will also star.

The 10-episode se­ries will be a com­edy fol­low­ing a fam­ily on a road trip. It will be se­ri­al­ized, and not for young au­di­ences, Bee says. Writ­ing be­gan three weeks ago.

“It has a nar­ra­tive arc that re­ally doesn’t hap­pen in come­dies,” she says. “It’s al­most like if you took an in­de­pen­dent movie and chopped it into 10 parts; that’s what we’re aim­ing for.”

As for de­tails of Bee’s new show, those are still be­ing worked out, she says.

“It’s def­i­nitely a show, hosted by me, that will be mostly cur­rent events-based,” she says cryp­ti­cally.

“If you’ve en­joyed my work on The Daily Show, there will be some­thing tonally sim­i­lar, I would say. A con­tin­u­a­tion of the things I like to do.”

The time-slot has yet to be determined, but she doesn’t rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of late night: “Let’s call it a late-night show, for now.”

“I’m su­per-ex­cited about that; I’m re­ally ready for a breath of fresh air in that world,” she says, not­ing few fe­male hosts have been able to break into that domain.

“Wanda Sykes did it. Joan Rivers did it, cer­tainly. Chelsea (Han­dler) had a show and she has a show com­ing out on Net­flix, I’m not sure when.... So it’s not like it’s never hap­pened, but it hasn’t been done in a sus­tained way.”

Bee says she’s ready “to move on to the next stage.”

“It’s def­i­nitely what you hope for,” she says of her in­sane sched­ule.

“I feel like I was in train­ing camp for 12 years and now I ac­tu­ally have to go out and hit the ball.”

‘If you’ve en­joyed my work on The Daily Show, there will be some­thing tonally sim­i­lar, I would say. A con­tin­u­a­tion of the things I like to do’


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