Thursday, March 19, 2009

Day laborers, The Daily Show and watching the border from Excelsior Springs

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 3:03 PM

click to enlarge Luis J. Garcia and Nicholas Segura
  • Luis J. Garcia and Nicholas Segura

If you see a couple of day laborers on The Daily Show this week -- or whenever it finally runs -- the guys might look familiar. They're Kansas City design-studio partners Luis J. Garcia and Nicholas

Segura, who will be appearing in a skit with Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi. (You might remember Garcia and Segura from Jen Chen's "Big Small Town" story back in September.)

Segura announced The Daily Show gig on his blog in February and later blogged about shooting the skit.

I called the guys and asked how The Daily Show found them. Garcia told me that they got the call because of their ethnic talent agency, 385. They needed a few guys who could look like day laborers. Mandvi was doing a story about a guy in Excelsior Springs who watches the U.S.-Mexico border from his home computer. Watching the border gets really boring, ("It's kinda like watching empty fields," Segura said), so Mandvi wants to get a beer. But the border watcher doesn't want to leave his post -- even if it's thousands of miles from the actual border. So Mandvi hires a day laborer to fill in. Segura plays the day laborer.

How'd the border guard react to the guys playing day laborers?

"To everyone's surprise, he had a really great sense of humor," Segura said. "He was very nice, very charming."

I'll post the video when the show finally airs. Might be tonight. Or not.

I gotta tip my hat to my friend Jen Chen for passing on the info. Thanks, Jen!

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