New ‘Daily Show’ correspondent Jordan Klepper debuts, makes it all about himself

March 4, 2014

Jordan Klepper (Justin Chabot/Comedy Central)

Now that “The Daily Show” did what it was supposed to do and propelled John Oliver to solo stardom, it’s time to bring in his replacement: Meet comedian Jordan Klepper, who comes from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.

Klepper made his debut on Monday night’s show “live” from Ukraine, with a comedy bit that was all about himself.

As Klepper talked about how the Crimean peninsula depends on Russia for natural resources, Jon Stewart interrupted Klepper — didn’t he mean that Crimea depends on Ukraine?

“I’m sorry, I don’t know why I said that. I’m not going to fail you now, Dad — Jon,” said Klepper, continuing the “nervous new guy” theme throughout the bit. Stewart asked: How are people over in Crimea feeling?

“Scared,” Klepper confessed. “A little sweaty.”

Stewart: What has Klepper learned today? Well, a lot, Klepper said: You have to dial “9” to get an outside line. Lunch is at 1 p.m. And if he keeps his head down for a few years, he may wind up starring in his own show on NBC. Oh wait, did Stewart mean about Crimea?

“Dad, I am so sorry, I am so sorry,” Klepper begged, stepping out of the green screen over to Stewart’s desk.

Klepper’s next goal? Hopefully to get “Daily Show” writers to put him in a segment that’s about something other than his own life.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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