Daily Show examines Republican Party 'Trapped in the Closet'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday September 11, 2007


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Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show on Monday, saying sarcastically, "Thank God, that while we were on break, we didn't miss any inherently funny scandals," and then wailing, "Senator Craig, he gets busted on the gay sex thing on my first day of vacation! ... Unfortunately, two weeks is a lifetime."

After being assured that the Craig story is still developing, Stewart turned with relief to "our senior anonymous Congressional gay public restroom sex correspondent." The door of a bathroom stall then opened to reveal Ron Corddry, who left the Daily Show in 2006, seated on a toilet, fully clothed.

"Been right here, Jon," explained Corddry. "Spent the past 14 months holed up in this stall. ... I knew there was a story here, Jon, I just didn't know what it was."

Corddry went on to explain the complexities of the gay sex toe-tap code. "Wingtips mean you're a married man. Socks with sandals means this is your first time. And, Jon, anyone in those brightly-colored plastic Crocs? That means anything goes. ... That's not just in bathrooms. Any time you see anyone wearing Crocs, beware. ... They are soliciting incredibly depraved gay sex."

When Stewart pointed out that Corddry was no longer on contract with the show and wasn't being paid, Corddry replied, "That's okay, Jon. I don't want the money. To me, coming back to the show after more than a year for three minutes of anal sex jokes while sitting on a prop toilet -- that's its own reward."

The segment concluded with "R. Party Trapped in the Closet," a parody of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" song series, consisting of clips of Senator Craig interspersed with comments by Stewart and further commentary by a Kelly-style singer.

The following video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast on September 10.