Last night the Daily Show once again featured a Star Trek reference, with a joke about Riverside, IA and the future home of James T Kirk. And this was just one of three Trek references on the Daily Show and the Colbert Report in the last week. Watch the clips below.
Daily Show goes Trek again
Host Jon Stewart kicked off the show noting that Iowa was so hard up for celebrities, the state touts it is the future birthplace of James T. Kirk.
Stewart is talking about Riverside, IA, which has been deemed the official birthplace of Kirk, sanctioned by the late Gene Roddenberry. The town has a plaque commemorating the Kirk connection and holds an annual "TrekFest." And the 2009 Star Trek movie put Riverside into Trek canon (although in the alternate timeline Kirk was born on a shuttle for the USS Kelvin, but grew up in Riverside, IA). The writers have noted that he would have still been born in IA, however the attack on the USS Kelvin by the time-traveling Nero brought on an early birth.
The "USS Riverside" – part of the annual TrekFest parade
More from Colbert (and TDS) last week
Both The Daily Show and the Colbert Report continue to show their love for Star Trek. Last week (May 4th) both shows featured Trek references. On the Colbert Report Stephen name-checked the Romulans in a story about the 2012 presidential race, where he went into a lengthy Star Wars-themed rant.
And on The Daily Show on the same night, correspondent John Oliver and funk legend George Clinton were "transported" to Clinton’s "mothership" with Clinton saying "beam us up."
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