On Thursday night’s edition of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart took on the mini-scandal that is currently riling up commentators across the spectrum of right and left, the $825,000 Las Vegas conference of the GSA, the General Services Administration.
The GSA is, ironically enough, the agency in charge of preventing wasteful government spending. Nonetheless, conference organizers racked up an impressive tab, spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on clowns, a mind-reader and commemorative coins. Stewart found the coins particularly galling in that the government took taxpayer money and turned into phony money for them to give each other to commemorate “the weekend they spent wasting our money.”
One commentator in particular has seized on one particularly outrageous detail, the fact that at one cocktail reception, apparently shrimp cost four dollars each. Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly devoted a substantial chunk of his show on Wednesday to the issue of four dollar shrimp.
One man’s obsession over what might appear to be a minor detail in an otherwise overweening picture of government hubris and entitlement, however, is another man’s hilarious new game show idea. Combining a large plate of shrimp, four one dollar bills and a live satellite feed of Bill O’Reilly himself, Stewart presented the new game “Can You Make Bill O’Reilly Pay Four Dollars for a Shrimp?”
Watch the clip, embedded in two parts via Comedy Central, below: