Jon Stewart defends Stephen Colbert’s ‘potty mouth’ during ‘Daily Show’ reunion
Colbert’s old friends sat down with him to discuss how the business of making jokes has changed since they were all doing it together on the Daily Show more than a decade ago.
Stewart sat down with Colbert first and as he walked on stage, he told the audience that he’s “not comfortable here.”
When Colbert asked him why, Stewart told him that he’s been reading about him in the news.
Stewart continued by calling out Colbert’s “potty mouth.”
“That I do,” Colbert admitted. “But might I say, I learned it from you, dad.”
Colbert mentioned that Stewart has a farm in New Jersey now, and he asked, “On a night like this, when James Comey has just been fired, do you miss, you know, doing a show like this? Because you used to, you know, talk about bullsh*t. Now you literally shovel it.”
“There are nights where I find myself sort of impotently shouting into the abyss, which if you think about it, wasn’t that different from what I did on a nightly basis,” Stewart responded.
Stewart continued to mention the controversies surrounding Colbert.
“The things you say, even if they’re crass or even if they are in some ways not respectful enough to the office of the presidency, we can insult, he can injure,” Stewart told Colbert.
Stewart continued: “It’s the difference between insult and injury. And for the life of me I do not understand why in this country we try to hold comedians to a standard we do not hold leaders to. It’s bizarre.”
Colbert took a trip down memory lane to his last day working at The Daily Show. “I can’t put it into words, but I can put it into flashback,” he joked before playing the sketch of himself and his colleagues back in summer of 2005.
“There comes a time when a man has to do something completely different,” he said to himself. “The same character, half an hour later, half a block away. Courage.”
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“There’s never gonna be another president this good for comedy,” she joked. “I mean, this guy does something ridiculous at least once a month. I know there’s one thing for sure — there’s no scenario under which I will ever say, ‘God, I wish George W. Bush was president.’”
The group also participated in a two-part interview, which was packed with clips from some of their earliest Daily Show pieces.
“This arrangement that we have right now is exactly something we would have made fun of on the Daily Show,” Colbert said. “It looks fake. It looks like a morning show right now.”
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