It’s a Daily Show ‘fam­ily’ re­union

For­mer host Jon Ste­wart de­fends dif­fer­ence be­tween ‘in­sult and in­jury’

Edmonton Journal - - YOU - FRA­ZIER MOORE

NEW YORK It was a rare TV re­union Tues­day as Stephen Col­bert played host to a gang of fel­low Daily Show alums on a spe­cial edi­tion of the CBS Late Show.

Along with Jon Ste­wart, for­mer long­time an­chor of the Com­edy Cen­tral fake news­cast, Col­bert wel­comed Sa­man­tha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry, all of whom, like Col­bert, sharp­ened their satir­i­cal skills and won fans as Daily Show cor­re­spon­dents be­fore head­ing out on their own.

Col­bert joked, “We haven’t aged a day.”

A comic sketch flashed back to spoof Col­bert’s de­par­ture from The Daily Show in 2005.

“I can’t be­lieve you’re leav­ing right in the mid­dle of the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Bee told him. “There’s never gonna be another pres­i­dent this good for com­edy. This guy does some­thing ridicu­lous like at least ONCE ev­ery MONTH!”

“I can’t be­lieve you’re leav­ing us,” echoed Helms. “It’s like Bey­oncé leav­ing Des­tiny’s Child. We’re never gonna hear from HER again.”

“We’re a fam­ily,” said Ste­wart, pre­tend­ing to choke up, “but I guess I’m real­iz­ing that you’ll all spread your wings and leave me.”

Later, dur­ing his guest spot, Ste­wart told Col­bert, “I’ve been read­ing about you.”

Re­fer­ring to Col­bert’s at­ten­tion­grab­bing joke last week at the ex­pense of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, he said, “You have a potty mouth.”

“That I do,” Col­bert replied. “But might I say, I learned it from you, Dad.”

Grow­ing se­ri­ous, Ste­wart told Col­bert, “The things that you say, even if they’re crass, even if they in some ways are not re­spect­ful enough to the of­fice of the pres­i­dency, can in­sult. But HE can in­jure.

“Like, it’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween in­sult and in­jury. And for the life of me, I do not un­der­stand why in this coun­try we try and hold co­me­di­ans to a stan­dard we do not hold our lead­ers to.”

Ste­wart, who left The Daily Show in 2015, said he misses that plat­form.

“The process of mak­ing the show some­how be­came en­twined with my process of mak­ing sense of things that I didn’t un­der­stand,” he said, “so I miss that.”

Later, Col­bert gath­ered all of his guests to chat in a semi­cir­cle of chairs.

“This ar­range­ment we have right now,” he said, “is ex­actly some­thing we would have made fun of on The Daily Show: It looks like a morn­ing show.”

Cur­rently, Ste­wart is de­vel­op­ing a project for HBO, where Oliver hosts Last Week Tonight. Bee hosts Full Frontal on TBS.

Helms scored with The Hang­over and its se­quels and The Of­fice, while Corddry cre­ated and starred in the com­edy se­ries Chil­drens Hos­pi­tal.


Jon Ste­wart, left, Rob Corddry, John Oliver, Stephen Col­bert, Sa­man­tha Bee and Ed Helms re­united Tues­day on The Late Show with Stephen Col­bert. “This ar­range­ment we have right now,” Col­bert said, “is ex­actly some­thing we would have made fun of on The...

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