Same job, different uniform.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Boy, I sure know how to sober this blog up!

Too bad Stephen Colbert doesn't have more to say on the nature of man. But speaking of Stephen Colbert...

OGDEN, Utah — An embarrassed charter school has discovered it booked the wrong Jon Stewart for its annual gala.

The DaVinci Academy thought it had made a deal with comedian Jon Stewart, star of "The Daily Show" and host of this year's Academy Awards, to appear next week.

It sent out 500 invitations to businesses and planned for 900 people.

But last week, it learned that it had booked Jon A. Stewart, a former motivational speaker, businessman and part-time professional wrestler from Chicago...

A Stewart had responded, and through months of discussion there was no indication that they had not booked the Stewart they wanted, officials said.

But last week the Standard-Examiner in Ogden called Jon Stewart's publicist in Beverly Hills, and found that the only place Stewart was scheduled to be the night of the gala was on "The Daily Show." DaVinci leaders were informed of that fact Friday.

"It's been a whirlwind ... but the community has really rallied around with support," said Debbie Legge, president of the school's board of directors. "It's not about celebrities. It's about kids and helping them get a good education."

...The school is offering refunds to those who had purchased tickets expecting to see the comedian. Some already have received refunds.

That is a whopper of a mistake. Worse than being led to believe you're going to receive a serious interview from Mr. Stewart on The Daily Show.

This is a problem with relying on email as your primary form of communication. It would not have been difficult for anyone at DaVinci to pick up the phone and verbally verify the arrangement.

I also think Mr. Stewart the Wrestler should speak. I'd go. For a laugh.

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