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In September 2005, I covered Comedy Central’s Emmy Awards after party at the Meson G restaurant in Los Angeles. As an avid Comedy Central viewer, it was a great event for me to shoot. There were a lot of funny people there including Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Jeffrey Ross, South Park creator Matt Stone and members of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart who had a big night at the Emmys, winning the awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for the third straight year.
I had been shooting individual photos and small group shots of people throughout the night but I was really hoping to get all of the on-air talent from the The Daily Show together for a photo. This turned out to be difficult as the restaurant was divided into several sections and I could not get more than three of them in a room at the same time as they went about celebrating with guests.
Persistence, as they say, pays off and late in the night, with the help of a very accommodating public relations person from Comedy Central, I was finally able to get host Jon Stewart and correspondents Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms and Samantha Bee to pile onto a couch for a group shot.
It was extremely dark in the room and I noticed that the camera flash hitting the red wall behind them created an unsightly glare. I asked the group to look into my lens as I held the camera up hoping I was getting the tilt of the camera correct so as not to cut Colbert’s head off and getting the flash high enough to avoid the flash reflection from the wall.
Thankfully, I got a shot that worked as the group quickly scattered in all different directions.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Members of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' (L-R) correspondents Stephen Colbert and Rob Corddry, host Jon Stewart, and correspondents Ed Helms and Samantha Bee, attend the Comedy Central Emmy after party held at Meson G on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
What’s interesting about the photo to me is that while the image shows them clearly attending a black-tie Hollywood party, their body language, including the slight smirks on all their faces, and even the playful placement of the Emmy, shows their comedic nature.
I also like how the image captures a period in The Daily Show’s history, as Colbert would leave to start his own spin-off show, the Emmy-winning The Colbert Report, the next month. Corddry left in 2006, and went on to appear in numerous movies and television shows including Childrens Hospital, for which he won two Emmys. Helms left in 2009, and starred in the hugely popular show The Office and The Hangover movie trilogy. Bee is now the all-time longest-serving correspondent for The Daily Show, surpassing Colbert in 2012.
About Ethan Miller
Award-winning photojournalist Ethan Miller has been a staff photographer for Getty Images, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, since June 2005, covering entertainment, news and sports assignments. Prior to working for Getty Images he was a staff photographer for the Las Vegas Sun for 10 years. During this time, Miller also completed assignments for Reuters News Pictures and did freelance work for Rolling Stone, Corbis and ImageDirect. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts in photojournalism from Arizona State University in 1994. During his studies, he served multiple internships for The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette.
While at the Sun, Miller received numerous awards from the Nevada Press Association, including six first-place awards in spot news, sports and feature categories. He also won the Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography in 2000, and 2005. In addition, Miller won the National Headliner Award for Feature Photography for an image of a flag-waving girl at a candlelight vigil taken the day after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The photograph was featured on the cover of a commemorative issue of Newsweek and other publications worldwide.
Since joining Getty Images, Miller has photographed the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the American Music Awards, the Miss America Pageant, the Miss USA pageant, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Latin Grammy Awards, the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the 2008 Republican National Convention, the Michael Jackson trial, and numerous concerts, championship boxing events, NCAA basketball tournaments and Las Vegas show premieres.
His work has appeared in publications worldwide including USA Today, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, People, GQ, Us Weekly, In Touch Weekly, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Playboy, Life & Style Weekly, OK!, and The Globe and Mail.
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