If I heard correctly, Bonilla said that he had never seen the show. I can just imagine some equally ill-informed staffer telling him, “Oh, it will be a cake walk. A few jokes, maybe a mock serious question–it’s just a gag show.” I think there’s going to be a mighty unhappy staffer when Bonilla figures out he was had.
Stewart does similar stuff with liberals, by the way. When Franken was on, Stewart played dumb about Franken using research for the class he taught at Columbia (or some big school) to write his latest book. He asked the same sort of questions–“I may be dumb, but I’m not sure I understand. While you were teaching, you found all this stuff and then you did what?” or “So your students, now what did they do, yousaid they did some fact checking?” Franken eventually admits that he got students to do a bunch of the research. The difference is that Franken knew he was being played, and so played along, and he didn’t care about admitting that he had the students do the work.