Must-see morning clip: Meet the new "Daily Show" correspondent

Jordan Klepper debuted in a segment reporting "live" from Crimea

By Prachi Gupta
March 4, 2014 7:24PM (UTC)
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On Monday night, "The Daily Show" welcomed a new senior correspondent, Jordan Klepper, to the show. Klepper replaces former correspondent John Oliver, who left the show in 2013 to host his own news program on HBO.

Variety reports that Klepper, from Michigan, performed comedy at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for three years, while also writing comedy shorts for UCB Comedy.


Without much ceremony, Klepper jumped right in, reporting "live" from the Crimean peninsula. But the segment quickly turned into meta-humor about Klepper's debut and the shoes he's going to be filling.

After Klepper fumbled around a bit, host Jon Stewart coached him. "It's fine, you're fine, stay focused. What have you learned so far today?"

"You have to dial '9' to get an outside line, lunch is at 1, and if I keep my head down here for a couple of years I've got a real shot at a sitcom at NBC," said the new correspondent. "Oh, you were talking about Crimea! ... I'm blowing it!"


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