VIDEO: Comedy Central show ‘Tosh.0’ names Shamokin its ‘Shithole of the Week’
Comedy Central’s web commentary show “Tosh.0” has a new segment called “Shithole of the Week,” showing news clips and Internet videos of trashy, backwater areas worldwide, and Shamokin, a city on the western edge of Northeastern Pennsylvania, was given the “honor” on Tuesday night.
On the latest episode that aired Oct. 11, host and comedian Daniel Tosh featured a news report from Dalton, Georgia that led into a segment about “shitholes” across the world, including all of Russia; Laurel County, Kentucky; and Shamokin in Northumberland County. The local clip was taken from a recent WNEP-TV report about the closing of a Dunkin’ Donuts in the small city, which troubled a few residents who will miss the presence of the coffeehouse chain for varying reasons.
After taking a fake vote from the audience, asking them to pick which area is the worst via nonexistent keypads, Shamokin was chosen as the first-ever “Shithole of the Week.”
“We’re going to send you a box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Those will blow your simple inbred minds!” Tosh joked.
Residents do not seem thrilled about the distinction:
Congratulations Shamokin on being voted as Tosh.O's shithole of the week. So very proud….and looking for an address change…
— Lats (@llamalats69) October 12, 2016
But at least one local got a shout out on the “Tosh.0” website:
HA my tweet made it on their blog😂 pic.twitter.com/FJI0PxDW0v
— Carrie McSurdy (@CarrieMcSurdy) October 13, 2016
This isn’t the first time that NEPA has caught the attention of “Tosh.0” during its eight-year run. Another WNEP interview clip from Stroudsburg made it into a 2013 episode (seen below) and, back in 2009, the show was interested in featuring Ray Lyman, a “concerned citizen” who gained Internet fame for his incoherent rants at Scranton City Council meetings, and then-Councilwoman Judy Gatelli, who often argued with him. Unfortunately, the segment never came together, but the prospect alone made local news.
NEPA can’t be all bad, though – Tosh himself visited the area last year, performing stand-up at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre and adding a second show due to popular demand. We must be gluttons for punishment.