Free Stuff

I just finished watching The Daily Show. It’s recorded on the DVR and then streamed here to my laptop.

When the show ends, the DVR freezes on the last frame recorded. I’m not sure why, but tonight I looked to see what was there.

Salvatore Ferragamo is providing shoes. Seriously.

Hey, I’m on TV and one of the benefits of my job is a clothing allowance. Maybe I shouldn’t comment?

Actually, it’s not as glamorous as it seems. In essence it’s part of my salary (which you I pay taxes on) which I commit to spend on clothing. It forces me to dress nicely, benefiting both the station and me.

Here’s the difference with Jon Stewart. You never see his feet! He spends 100% of his time behind a desk. He still gets shoes.

I can’t even imagine how this entered into his contract negotiations. Here’s a guy with a seven figure salary. How important could a few pairs of wingtips be?

This will go down as one of life’s truly great mysteries… undoubtedly provided by one of show businesses truly great agents.