Of course it was staged.
“The Daily Show” is comedy, not journalism. This was a comedy sketch in which the participants played out a parody of themselves, just as the guest hosts of “Saturday Night Live” are sometimes cast in self-deprecating situations.
But you already knew that, didn’t you?
Sure, much of my careful reasoning ended up on the cutting-room floor, but it was fun:
I’m smiling here because I don’t have to climb over any more boulders on my way to Galehead hut, the most isolated Appalachian Mountain Club shelter in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
For more about the place, see Bob Whitcomb’s post in his This New England blog.