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Why I Heart Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

See! Now that’s satire. I get exactly what that is supposed to be about. It’s pitch freakin’ perfect, comedy gold. It’s so meta and so absurd with absurdity being the rule of law in this election cycle. Not since dogs playing poker have I seen such an iconic image of pop ridiculousness that can burn its way into your frontal lobe and never, ever leave.

And Stephen Colbert’s face with his hand on his hip? That smirk like the one from The New Yorker cartoon cover — priceless. And the Get Christie Love ‘fro he’s rocking? I couldn’t love it more if I tried.

The cover goes with a very funny Entertainment Weekly Q&A with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert about the presidential race (as well as the occupational hazards of working as satirists). Stewart at one point compares their news-ish coverage to being akin to a drunk calling out another drunk for lying in a bar in New Jersey. The interview is hilarious.

Here’s a nugget of Stewart answering a question about Gov. Sarah Palin’s “folk hero” status:

I keep hearing that she’s ”like us.” There’s this idea that people who hunt and have ”good” values are somehow this mythological American; I don’t know who ”this” person is, I’ve never met them. She is no more typical ”us” than I am, than Obama is, than McCain is, than Mr. T is. If there is something quintessentially or authentically American about her, I sort of feel like, you know what? You ”good values people” have had the country for eight years, and done an unbelievably s—ty job. Let’s find some bad values people and give them a shot, maybe they’ll have a better take on it.

Thanks reader dkan71 for the link!

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14 thoughts on “Why I Heart Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

  1. That Jon Stewart is too funny. I think the Obamas have started something. I was wearing sandals and doing the terrorist fist-bump all summer. I feel so tragically hip when I do it.

  2. ac says:

    Ahhh I love it. It almost makes up for Stewart’s grotesque riff last Tuesday (9/16) on black people’s hair = pubic hair. Almost, but not quite.Oh yeah, sorry to harsh out your satire high but he went there. 2.5 minutes into the show they put up the photo of the Merrill Lynch (?) bull and Jon proceeds to riff that the genitalia is a “mess” and needs to be corn-rowed, that it’s looking like the Steeler’s Troy Polamalu. Later in show (15 minutes or so)when Gervais comes out Jon goes back to it claims it’s dread locked. See this nonsense <A HREF="http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/index.jhtml?episodeId=185157“ REL=”nofollow”>Here.

  3. ac says:

    I’ve just got to add that Colbert seems to genuinely “get it”. Stewart too often comes off as the ultimate urban hipster. You know the uber cool liberal who is post racial enough, they think, to throw out some ish and then try and claim it doesn’t stink because they’re “on our side”?

  4. the cover rocks!ot …all hell is breaking loose in DC: In the Roosevelt Room after the session, the Treasury secretary, Henry M. Paulson Jr. literally bent down on one knee as he pleaded with Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, not to “blow it up” by withdrawing her party’s support for the package over what Ms. Pelosi derided as a Republican betrayal.“I didn’t know you were Catholic,” Ms. Pelosi said, a wry reference to Mr. Paulson’s kneeling, according to someone who observed the exchange. She went on: “It’s not me blowing this up, it’s the Republicans.”Mr. Paulson sighed. “I know. I know.”

  5. They remind me of the white folk who live in my gentrified neighborhood. Sorry, but they get no props from me. When they employ a few black writers on their show, maybe I’ll reconsider.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is why I subscribe to EW.Please, please, if there are Comedy Gods out there, let Palin’s handlers book her on The Daily Show. I will need oxygen from laughing so hard!!Bourgietopia

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