Sanchez skewered on satirist’s TV show

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Whittier-area Rep. Linda Sanchez said she knew she was taking a chance when she agreed to sit down for a “fake news” interview with Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert. Despite the host’s reputation for his merciless and deadpan mockery of politicians, Sanchez, D-Lakewood, said she was game, even as she braced herself for the airing of the segment this week. “Oh my God, it was hysterical,” Sanchez said of the nearly two hours she spent with the former correspondent on the Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show.” “You kind of have to know it’s comedy, and they’re going to edit you so you look foolish,” she said. Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, and Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, also subjected themselves to a Colbert interview. “You have to go into it with the right attitude. You can’t take yourself seriously at all,” said Schiff, who called the interview “a blast.” Still, he added, “I’m preparing, as I think you have to, to be completely humiliated. Even if you get a few good zingers in, they probably won’t get in there.” The interviews are part of Colbert’s 434-part “Better Know a District” series which highlights congressional districts. It was 435 parts until Colbert broke California’s 50th off the map, declared it “dead” to him and let it float out in the Pacific as punishment to its constituents for not preventing the downfall of former Rep. Duke Cunningham. Sanchez’s segment is expected to air this week, while Sherman and Schiff are scheduled for later this month, a Comedy Central spokesman said. Colbert has reportedly been having trouble landing Republicans, but Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani insisted it’s merely a matter of scheduling. The show is currently “in conversations” with a number of California Republicans, he said, but he declined to identify them. Albani acknowledged that GOP lawmakers may be scared off by the perception that the show leans left. But, he said, that’s not necessarily true. Indeed, Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who was an early Colbert target, even sent a memo to fellow Republicans urging them to “get in the ring and show `em that Republicans have a sense of humor, too.” Besides, Albani said, for most members of Congress, “This is exposure you’re just not going to get.” Sanchez said the prospect of reaching a younger demographic was definitely an appeal of the show. “Younger voters tend to watch, and they can be hard to reach,” she said. The interviews lasted nearly two hours, and lawmakers said Colbert came armed with details about each congressional district. He asked Schiff about the Metro Gold Line, which runs from Pasadena to downtown, and issues of interest to Armenians, who make up a large portion of his constituency. To Sanchez, whose district includes Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier – supposedly the nation’s largest – Colbert asked, “Why do people go to your district to die?” Sanchez said she endured a few jokes about her sister, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Colbert asked which of them is Venus and which Serena). And, she said, when Colbert wrapped up the show he shook her hand and said, “Thank you, Loretta.” “I said thank you, Mr. Stewart,” Sanchez said, referring to Jon Stewart, Colbert’s better-known former boss at “The Daily Show.” But, she added, “I’m sure they’ll edit that out.”last_img

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