Jordan Klepper is The Daily Show's newest Senior Caucasian Correspondent. We caught up with him during TDS's brief stint in Austin for the gubernatorial election and discussed a range of topics that definitely included the Wu-Tang Clan.
The biggest buzz surrounding your arrival on the Daily Show was that you were on air four days after your audition, and that you were replacing John Oliver. What did you feel? Was it intimidating in any way?
JK: I didn’t really have time to think all that much about how I felt after landing the job with The Daily Show due to how fast everything came at me. I had gigantic, British shoes to fill so it was a little intimidating, but I’m just doing what I’ve just been doing me and it all seems to going great.
It’s nice that you get to write and do improv with your wife. Have you noticed any differences between working with someone that you have such a close bond with and someone that’s just your co-worker?
JK: Well, I don’t take my co-workers to my parent’s for Thanksgiving so that’s one difference, but since you live with that someone it’s easier to get together and actually write or do whatever needs to get done. You also know your partner’s schedule at all times so you know that whenever she tells you that she’s busy or has an appointment if it’s bullshit or not.
Have you been doing any stand-up or improv lately since landing the Daily Show? If so has the Daily Show done anything to positively or negatively affect it?
JK: I recently just started doing stand-up comedy and I still perform improv quite regularly. I guess the effects that the Daily Show has had on them is that I now have less time to actually do them due to the time commitments that the show has.
Which two people would be your dream to interview? Who would be a goldmine of unintentional comedy and who would be a personal hero to interview
JK: Dick Chaney would be funny to interview due to how angry and intimidating of a man he is, I would actually feel quite unsafe around him if I ever got the chance to interview him. As for a personal hero it would probably be Richard Dawkins because I would just be interested in the amount of knowledge he could drop on me. I wouldn’t even talk I would just listen. I don’t think that interview would be that good for comedy.
What’s the most awkward moment for you as a correspondent so far?
JK: When I interviewed Betsy McCaughey the anti-Obamacare advocate and she stormed off. Something that I said must have really touched a nerve and she just unexpectedly took off her mic and left without saying anything. I guess it was just the suddenness that made it really weird for me.
I noticed that you have met the entire Wu-Tang Clan, so I have to ask who is your favorite member?
JK: Probably GZA, but all of them are great. They have done so much for hip-hop so it’s actually really hard to pick a favorite out of all of those guys. That show was great because afterwards I was talking with my friends who said “You were on that show you have always wanted to be on, talking to that group who you always wanted to talk to.” To be able to not only meet the Wu-Tang Clan, but also be introduced with them as well was an amazing experience.