Why on earth would anyone submit to being interviewed by the correspondents from The Daily Show when the subjects must know they’ll be mercilessly mocked before an audience of millions? The reasons are not that complicated, says Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee; most people will simply jump at the chance to be on TV, and they’re too polite to run screaming from the room once there’s a mic clipped to their lapel.

”I know it’s hard to believe, but I do think for most of them, it’s a pleasant experience,” Bee tells the Calgary Sun. ”It’s not a terrible time they’re having.” Maybe the terrible time comes later, when they’re watching, but I doubt it. Clearly, there are enough people out there with no capacity for embarrassment to keep The Daily Show (and 60 Minutes, and Da Ali G Show, and most of reality TV) in business for years to come.