Tonight’s Daily Show might as well have been filmed on the old set: banter with pretty movie-star guest, lighthearted news stories, hilarious sight gags, double entendres, and a minimum of agenda-pushing political talk. Where’s the couch when you need it?
Jon Stewart begins with noting that some people were displeased with his kid-glove handling of Senator Rick Santorum the previous night. Well, yeah Jon; if you want us to give you credit for taking the small-fish Bernie Goldbergs to task, then you’re gonna have to ante up with some cojones when you’ve got the big fish on the hot seat. You can’t make fun of Lance Armstrong’s uno cojone when you keep yours so firmly tucked away. I’m just sayin’.
Either way, I still love you for the opening segment: CNN American Morning’s Miles O’Brien and guest Scott “Doc” Horowitz fondle giant shuttle models which stand at attention on their laps. “I’m not saying Miles O’Brien isn’t enormous…ly talentd, well-endowed with scientific knowledge, rock-hard reporter’s credentials,” said Jon, “But COME ON! That just looked like bragging to me.”
Jon went on to pity Horowitz for his dinky little rocket, especially next to Miles’ great big towering one, erect, glorious and unashamed.
Horowitz, forced to overcompensate with “a lot of technical jargon, that is not impressing anyone quite frankly” raised an important issue for Stewart: “As a Jewish person I hate to see Horowitz reduced to a humiliating stereotype. Especially when O’Brien put the nail in the coffin with this move” – (cut to O’Brien flicking the puny tip of Horowitz’s puny rocket) – “look at that, he just DISMISSES IT! HE JUST DISMISSES IT LIKE IT’S NOTHING! ‘Get it out of here.’” Poor Jon. Don’t worry, we still think you’re huge….ly funny, even if you did wimp out on Santorum.
Jon admits that it’s a bit cheap to show the videotape out of context. What else are we gonna think? With sound, he says, it’s very informative:
MILES: I’m sure if you had the oppoortunity you’d take a ride on one of those.
HOROWITZ: Couple million pounds of thrust to get you going…
MILES: That’s saying something.
HOROWITZ: (smiling dreamily) That’s a big one. You can be telling folks about getting strapped into this vehicle!
MILES: That’d be all right.
Jon giggles into his hand, looking very pleased with himself. He should be, he just made me fall in love with Miles’ O’Brien.
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