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'Daily Show' Auctioning Off Old Set

(Posted September 24, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( "The Daily Show" didn't win many raves when it unveiled its new set over the summer. Now, those longing for the old desk-and-couch set from the show's earlier days can partially re-create it, Kramer-style, in their own homes.

Provided, you know, they have room for a couple of 9-foot-high backdrops with big maps on them.

"The Daily Show" has put two pieces of its old set up for auction on eBay, with proceeds going to a non-profit group called 826NYC that helps develop writing skills for students. The two pieces are a 9-by-9-foot blue plexiglas wall with a map of North America and a 9-by-7 1/2-foot piece with maps of several continents etched into the plexiglas.

The larger of the two had a high bid of $1,325 as of midday Friday (Sept. 23), while the other was going for $660. The auction runs through Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The auction brings to mind the "Seinfeld" episode in which Kramer (Michael Richards) salvaged pieces of the "Merv Griffin Show" set from a garbage bin and re-created the show in his apartment. Those hoping to do the same with "The Daily Show" will have to provide their own desk and couch.

"Daily Show" writer/executive producer Ben Karlin is on the board of 826NYC, which provides tutoring, workshops and other services to students ages 6 to 18 to develop their writing skills.

Source: Zap2it

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