Jon Stewart’s comedic impulse is so sophisticated that to fully appreciate it requires a superior intellect. And cases of vodka.
But consider this minor example of supreme genius brought to you by his Rally to Restore Sanity. At said rally, Steven Demetre Georgiou Cat Stevens Yusuf “Peace Train” Islam is appearing. On stage. As a performer. This is the same guy (or, perhaps, group of guys) who publicly endorsed the assassination of Salman Rushdie.
Do you glimpse the brilliance here? Stewart, at his rally, promotes a man (or, perhaps, men) who want(s) to kill another man in the name of religion as a way of subtly satirizing the intolerance of the doofus bigoted fearmongering morons at that other rally who don’t want to kill anyone.
Get it? Clever, clever stuff.
Or, perhaps, stupid, stupid stuff. We can’t tell.
And that is Stewart’s true forte: mystification. Is he actually funny or just a smug, one-note assclown who has taken a mildly amusing character and beaten him into the ground like a MoveOn.org employee?
No, wait—that’s Colbert.
We think. Unless Colbert and Stewart are the same person. We just don’t know; it’s all so elaborately and humorously sophisticated.
But we thank you nevertheless, Jon Stephen Stewart Colbert, for finally at long last restoring sanity. And star-spangled…pants.