Inside the first Denver taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is taping shows at the University of Denver's Newman Center Tuesday through Friday during DNC week, and after trying and failing to snag tickets through the show's website (admittedly, I started late), I figured I'd be watching it on TV like the majority of locals. Fortunately, however, a friend of mine who produces commercials for the Comedy Central staple phoned unexpectedly and asked if I'd like him to get us on the guest list. The "yes" leapt out of my mouth so quickly that I nearly sprained my tongue, and he came through. In the end, the experience was a bit of a marathon -- for me, nearly four hours to see the taping of a thirty-minute program. But I'd gladly do it again.