Jon Stewart has been off the radar for a bit since leaving Comedy Central’s The Daily Show last year. What little he has been in the spotlight has been focused on his work with his wife to turn their farm house in New Jersey into an animal sanctuary. Beyond that–and the occasional radio appearance–Papa Jon has stayed low-key, with the notable exception of working on getting the 9/11 first responders bill passed in Congress. In this tumultuous presidential election cycle, his razor-sharp wit and commentary have been sorely missed by those of us who turned to the comedian night-in and night-out for his take on the state of our country.
However, Stewart turned up last night on Late Show with Stephen Colbert to provide his own insight into the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and the hypocrisy of the pundits at Fox News–taking particular aim at host and anger golem Sean Hannity. Stewart, who is an executive producer on Late Show, had showed up earlier in the week during Colbert’s live Republican National Convention election coverage, but this was clearly the main event.
Watch below as Stewart dissects the double-standard of Hannity (whom Stewart refers to as “Lumpy”) when reporting on President Obama versus how he handles Trump. It’s something to behold. If even for a scant few minutes, it was a hell of a thing to have you back, Mr. Stewart.
At the beginning of the segment, Colbert and Stewart celebrate the resignation of Roger Ailes at Fox News as chairman and CEO, following controversy surrounding Ailes and accusations by ex-anchor Gretchen Carlson that he sexually harassed her. Ailes had been a target and adversary of Colbert and Stewart for years while both had shows on Comedy Central.