After sticking his toe in the water and joining Stephen Colbert in the woods for a few spit takes on Monday night, Jon Stewart finally made his way to the right side of a late night desk yesterday evening. He's still got the funemployment beard and the dingy T-shirt (now with clip-on tie), and he's also still got everything you ever loved about Jon Stewart.
Thank goodness. The Daily Show is still around, but it doesn't feel as urgent or vital as it did in previous years — Trevor Noah does a solid job, but there's just nobody like Stewart. This week's feature spots on Colbert have many hoping he'll rejoin us for the last few months leading up to the election.
He did 10 minutes behind Colbert's desk, hammering Fox News for their hypocritical stances on Trump and President Obama, and then laying into conservatives who use a Christianity barometer to gauge political fitness. This transitions into a classic Stewart rant that got a rousing reaction from The Late Show audience:
"I see you. You've got a problem with people fighting for their seat at the table. You've got a problem because you feel like — what's Representative Steve King's word for it? Subgroups of Americans are being divisive. Well, if you have a problem with that, take it up with the founders. [singing] We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. (Big up, respect, Lin-Manuel.) Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out are."
The bit ends with Colbert cutting into a little alliteration riff — "the 'c' next to your names don't stand for constitutional or conservative, but cravenly, convenient..." — with an airhorn. It's a live show!