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Jon Stewart on Libya: 'Don't We Already Have Two Wars?!' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 22nd 2011 6:50AM
Jon Stewart critiques the U.S. military operation in Libya. (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) returned from a one-week hiatus just in time for Jon Stewart to comment on the military action the U.S. and its allies have embarked on in Libya. Stewart came out critical of "Operation Odyssey Dawn."

"I don't want to be a pain in the ass, but don't we already have two wars?" Stewart pointed out. "You know wars aren't kids, where you don't have to pay attention to the youngest one because the older two will take care of it."

And that wasn't even the only family-relations based metaphor Stewart had crafted for America's latest military front:

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South Park Guys: Mormons 'Really Like' Their New Musical 'The Book of Mormon' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 11th 2011 1:00PM
Trey Parker and Matt Stone were on 'The Daily Show' (weekdays, 11 PM ET on Comedy Central) to promote their new Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon,' which Jon Stewart has seen and described as "so good it makes me angry."

Another group that could be potentially angered with the satirists' take on the history Mormonism would be the Mormons. But, according to the duo, that hasn't been the case.

"We can tell when Mormons are in the crowd." Parker explained. "Because we'll have references to like Abinadi, a prophet, and they'll go 'oh, Abinadi, they got him in there.'"

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Aaron Eckhart's 'Marine Speak' Wasn't Up to Par During Training for 'Battle: Los Angeles' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 10th 2011 5:30AM
Aaron Eckhart on 'The Daily Show'To prepare for playing a Marine staff sergeant in his new movie 'Battle: Los Angeles', Aaron Eckhart went through a three-week boot camp administered by actual Marines.

As Eckhart told Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), he had one bad civilian habit that the real Marines had trouble breaking him of.

"'My biggest problem was I called a helicopter a 'chopper,' okay. That's a big no-no in Marine speak. So [the Sergeant Major] would be sitting there and I would go 'get on that chopper,' [and he would yell] 'Cut!' He would come over like this, shaking, and say 'helo, it's a helo'."

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Jon Stewart Explains When He Thinks Computers Will Be Like Humans (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 9th 2011 5:50AM
Brian Christian on 'The Daily Show'Brian Christian, an author and expert on how computers and humans interact, was on 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), where he discussed with Jon Stewart how far along computers are in mimicking human characteristics.

"Here's when I think computers will be human," Stewart proclaimed, during their discussion. "When they are walking down the street, and they trip, and they look up and go 'I meant to do that'."

"When they evolve a sense of neurosis," Stewart continued. "When they walk up to Alex Trebek and go 'I wonder if he thinks I'm an a-hole?'"

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Rod Blagojevich Plays 'Warlord' in 'Daily Show' Sketch on Wisconsin Labor Dispute (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 8th 2011 5:20AM
Rod Blagojevich on 'The Daily Show''The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) sent correspondent John Oliver to the part of Illinois where 14 Democratic state senators from neighboring Wisconsin are hiding out rather than face a vote on a bill Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has proposed, which eliminates the ability of many state workers to collective bargaining.

The premise of the sketch was that Oliver was in a place called "Ill-in-o-is, a desolate lawless region," and his "reporting" was in the style of a war correspondent who had found himself in a strange and dangerous land.

After doing such things as treating a fast food takeout window as if it was a military checkpoint, Oliver revealed that he'd "arranged a meeting with a notorious former warlord" because "apparently no one knows the region better than him."

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Jon Stewart Praises BYU for Dropping Brandon Davies After he Violated Honor Code (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 4th 2011 5:45AM
Brandon Davies on 'The Daily Show'Brigham Young University, which has the third-ranked basketball team in the nation, suspended their second best player Brandon Davies for the rest of the season for violating the school's honor code by having premarital sex with his girlfriend.

After Davies was suspended, the BYU basketball team was promptly blown away by an unranked opponent at home.

But if it's any consolation, BYU has gained the respect of Jon Stewart, who named BYU in a 'Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) segment he called "Tales of Principled Behavior."

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Jon Stewart Mocks Muammar Qaddafi's 'Existential' Attitude (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 3rd 2011 5:15AM
Muammar Qadaffi on 'The Daily Show'Jon Stewart continued his 'Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) comedic assault on Col. Muammar Qaddafi Wednesday, offering a funny rebuttal to a clip of the embattled Libyan dictator claiming that he is not in charge of Libya because no such position exists.

"How can I step down, what from?" Qaddafi's English translator said in the clip. "I have no post to step down from. I don't have any position. I don't lead Libya. Libya does not have a leader or president or king. Libya is a state of the masses."

"Whoa, that is some existential bulls--t," was what Stewart had to say about that.

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Jon Stewart Makes Full-Sized Politician Out of Mitch Daniels and Mike Bloomberg (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 2nd 2011 5:15AM
On 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), host Jon Stewart pointed out that no major GOP candidate has yet declared they are running for President, whereas at the same time in the 2008 cycle, 12 had already staked their claim.

Then Stewart discussed all the Republicans who might eventually toss their hat into the ring. When he got to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who stands a generous 5'7" tall and has a comb-over style haircut, Stewart played a clip of Daniels acknowledging he doesn't look like the typical President.

"Sure, if it comes down to height and hair, I probably wouldn't do very well," Daniels said of his presidential chances in the clip.

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Jon Stewart and Howard Stern Declare Charlie Sheen to be Even More Insane Than Glenn Beck (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 1st 2011 6:30AM
Howard Stern was the guest on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), where the topic of discussion inevitably turned to Charlie Sheen.

"Who is more insane: Charlie Sheen or Glenn Beck?" Stern asked Stewart.

"It's an interesting comparision," Stewart responded. "I'm going to go with -- and again, people may be surprised by this answer -- I would go with the guy whose skin you could flake off and smoke like crack. I'm going to go with Charlie Sheen."

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Jon Stewart Launches Parody Twitter Site 'GayObama' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 25th 2011 6:30AM
GayObama on 'The Daily Show'On 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) Jon Stewart was discussing Barack Obama's sudden decision to abandon legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act (which defines marriage only as a union between a man and a woman) when he made an announcement about a new Twitter account he had set up.

"What makes this turnaround especially surprising is that the president's stand against gay marriage has long frustrated gay Obama followers," Stewart said. "By which I mean gay Democrats, not followers of 'GayObama,' my parody Twitter feed, of which there are zero followers -- although I'm guessing after tonight I will have more than zero followers."

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Jon Stewart Accepts Donald Rumsfeld's Apology For The Iraq War ... But There's A Catch (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 24th 2011 5:50AM
Donald Rumsfeld on 'The Daily Show'Iraq War architect Donald Rumsfeld was long-time Iraq War critic Jon Stewart's guest on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central.)

Before they got started, Stewart wanted to clear something up:

"Obviously, elephant in the room, tension between us -- I think I know why you're here, and let me just deflate the tension right off the bat: Apology accepted."

"No we can move on," Stewart continued, as the crowd cheered and Rumsfeld laughed. "Have a nice day, a nice conversation. I know this has been troubling you for some time now ... "

And the two did have a cordial and surprisingly funny conversation about some of the decisions leading up to the Iraq War. (And no, Rumsfeld never actually apologized for anything.)

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Jon Stewart Mocks Anderson Cooper's Casual War Correspondent Lingo (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 23rd 2011 7:00AM
Anderson Cooper is a respected journalist who is always quick to report from dangerous trouble spots. He also speaks in an informal, conversational manner that can a bit jarring to hear from a newsman.

During Cooper's appearance on the 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11:00PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon Stewart had some fun with Cooper's loose use of language.

"I've been doing war stuff for about 18 years," Cooper explained to Stewart, during a discussion of the current uprisings in the Middle East.

"Do you call it 'war stuff'?" Stewart wondered, causing Cooper to crack up.

"You know, front lines and s**t," Stewart continued to jest.

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Jon Stewart Weighs in On The Weight of Silvio Berlusconi's Testicles (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 18th 2011 5:50AM
'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will soon face criminal charges that he had sex with underage prostitutes during what are being called "bunga bunga" parties.

On 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11:00PM ET on Comedy Central) Jon Stewart listed the other allegations that have been made against Berlusconi during his nine years as Prime Minister.

They include tax fraud, cronyism, bribery, embezzlement and ties to organized crime. Berlusconi also attempted to pass a law exempting himself from prosecution.

Faced with the enormity of Berlusconi's allegedly rampant abuse of power, Stewart could only draw one conclusion: "Now I know why Venice is sinking," Stewart said. "It's under the weight of Silvio Berlusconi's giant balls."

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Brian Williams Raves About The IQ-Boosting Power of Wearing Glasses (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 17th 2011 6:00AM
Brian Williams on 'The Daily Show'Brian Williams is a frequent guest on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) and enjoys as an easy rapport with host Jon Stewart. So much so that Williams feels comfortable giving Stewart advice on self-improvement.

"You know what I did ... knowing something about you? I got these," Williams told Stewart, before putting on a pair of glasses.

"Without them I was a guy who failed to complete my studies at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. But with them, I went to the Ivy League." Williams claimed, turning toward the audience and posing with his new spectacles.

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January Jones Breaks the News to Jon Stewart: Very Few Jews in South Dakota (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 16th 2011 10:45AM
January Jones and Jon Stewart discuss the lack of Jews in South Dakota.January Jones was on 'The Daily Show' (weekdays, 11 PM ET on Comedy Central) to promote her new movie, "Unknown," but she ended up spending almost her entire interview with Jon Stewart talking about her home state of South Dakota.

"How would I do [in South Dakota]?" Stewart wondered after hearing about the state for a few minutes. "Do they have Jews?"

"No," Jones said, knowingly shaking her head. "We don't."

"Could we set up a little preserve where Jews could roam freely?" Stewart suggested.

Jones joked that the Jews could roam with the buffalo, which lead Stewart to make an even more ridiculous joke in which he had South Dakotans petting the exotic Jews and declaring "They're much softer than I thought."

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