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Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel take aim at Rob Ford on comedy shows

‘Smoking crack is one of Canada’s most cherished pastimes’

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was the butt of jokes for comedians Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night, after the mayor refused to address — for the fifth day — allegations that a video showed him smoking crack cocaine with Toronto drug dealers.

Two journalists at the Toronto Star and one at Gawker have reported that they viewed a video from a man who said he was a drug dealer, which appeared to show Ford smoking from a crack pipe.

On The Daily Show, host John Stewart ran through some of Ford’s well-known gaffs: falling over in a football video, walking face-first into a television camera and, when he was a councillor, offending members of the Asian community by saying “Those Oriental people work like dogs.”

“After repeated incidents of this kind of behaviour, you have to wonder: Is this dude on crack?” asks Stewart, before adding: “Well, funny story.”

Stewart then turns to his Canadian correspondents, comedians Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, who are reporting live from Toronto.

Jones, however, fails to appear on screen immediately because “he’s just buying some crack,” says Bee.

“Jon, we all do it. Smoking crack is one of Canada’s most cherished pastimes,” she says.

Over at Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel “interviews” Ford, who is played by actor Jim O’Heir.

“I know it sounds like a joke. It is far from it,” Kimmel says, while describing, to his audience, the allegation that Ford may have been in a video smoking crack with a Somali drug dealer.

When Ford, as played by O’Heir, appears on screen, Kimmel asks: “Mr. Mayor, are you saying that wasn’t you?”

The Ford character says not a whole lot, and sticks to his “ridiculous” line, which is the only comment the real Ford has given so far on the allegations made against him.

“All I know is that this story is ridiculous,” says O’Heir, playing Ford. “It’s just embarrassing. It’s hot as the devil in here.”

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