Jon Stewart Returns To 'The Daily Show' After 12-Week Hiatus
September 4th, 2013 8:53am EDT
After taking the summer off, Jon Stewart returned to his "Daily Show" duties on Tuesday night. The comedian took a 12-week sabbatical in Jordan to work on the documentary "Rosewater" about Middle Eastern politics. His seat was filled by British comic John Oliver in his absence.
Stewart jokingly told the audience that he missed them: "You don't know what it's like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid little thing you do."
The late-night host showed up with a large beard and tan, and staff tried to Americanize him with a McDonald's Big Mac defribilator. Stephen Colbert was finally brought in to "de-Middle Eastern" him.
Stewart said he realized while in the Middle East that he was a Western man. "Boy, I'm western, in all its glorious imperfections. I remembered thinking, 'Hello dildo shop next to a school," he said.
Naturally, he discussed the crisis in Syria. He mocked both President Obama's red line —
"Oh right: We have to bomb Syria because we're in 7th Grade" — as well as the
complaining Republicans he named "the idiot parade."
On a serious note, Stewart interviewed Andrew Harper, head of the United Nations Refugee Agency in Jordan. They briefly discussed the plight of the people fleeing Syria.
Stewart's documentary "Rosewater" is based on a memoir written by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian journalist who wrote about being imprisoned after falsely being accused of being a spy in 2009.
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