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Jon Stewart’s Most-Used Joke

Last night, he used it twice in one episode


 

Last night, Jon Stewart used his favourite joke twice in one episode. It’s the joke where he coyly calls attention to the fact that a picture or prop on the show is not real. So first he pretended to write something and then called attention to the fact that the writing had clearly been done in advance by someone else (“I have a pen that writes like a marker!”) and then he made a joke after showing three fake comedy photos of himself (“apparently I always have the same outfit and expression”). I’ve lost count of how many times he’s done this joke, often with a capper line like “I don’t know why that is.” Other comedians use that kind of joke, of course, but Stewart uses it constantly, because it re-enforces his persona as the guy who’s on the side of the audience, and that includes joining them in nit-picking details. It allows him to play the part of the average guy, rather than the authority-figure host.


 
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Jon Stewart’s Most-Used Joke

  1. Isn’t it ironic. Don’t you think?

  2. A little *TOO* ironic…

    And I really *do* think!

  3. Yeah. Masterful observation by the writer here. Definitely newsworthy. Keep up the great work!

    • Yeah. Masterful observation by the writer here. Definitely newsworthy. Keep up the great work!

      Sarcasm aside, blog posts are supposed to be newsworthy? I didn’t know that.

      (Unless you’re not being sarcastic, in which case, why not?)

  4. Stewart uses it constantly, because it re-enforces his persona as the guy who’s on the side of the audience, and that includes joining them in nit-picking details. It allows him to play the part of the average guy, rather than the authority-figure host.

    I take it as a compliment. He assumes his audience is smart enough to know these devices are all kind of ridiculous.

    Hey, it beats being pandered to, which is what the real news media does. Did you catch Susan Ormiston’s forced sentimentality yesterday in her report on the beleaguered, treasonous, anthem-hating New Brunswick principal Erik Millet?

    *gag*

  5. Actually, Stewart’s most-used joke is “Republicans are subhuman monsters,” and of course he opened with it last night. Truthfully, the show’s probably never really recovered from the loss of Colbert and Carell; its POV on a given bit of news seldom surprises any more.

    • Actually, Stewart’s most-used joke is “Republicans are subhuman monsters,”

      Try watching the show every now and again.

  6. Stewart does that “Hey look, it’s fake” crap all the time because he’s distancing himself from the bit. If it fails, he pointed out that it was only a bit. He has a million ways of doing this that show his lack of faith in any material that isn’t him making faces at the camera.

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