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  • Jon Stewart : Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.

  • President Bush : [after being "elected" in the controversial 2000 election]  I was not elected to serve one party.

    Jon Stewart : You were not elected.

    [audience cheers] 

  • [Steve Carell is being interviewed for "The Forty-Year-Old Virgin" - they sit in silence for several minutes, Steve staring straight ahead and Jon squirming and fidgeting. Finally:] 

    Jon Stewart : Do you have a report to file?

    Steve Carrell : I don't file reports anymore, Jon. I do movies.

    Jon Stewart : Oh.

    [squirms uncomfortably] 

    Jon Stewart : Was I supposed to have some questions for you?

    Steve Carrell : You may ask me anything you like, Jon. And I will answer it. If I feel like it.

    Jon Stewart : Why did you leave us?

    [Jon breaks down crying, and Steve comes over and hugs him] 

  • Mo Rocca : I was busy waiting all night for the Columbus Day Bunny to come down my chimney and light fireworks in my pumpkin.

    Jon Stewart : ...There's so much wrong with that.

    Mo Rocca : Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot you were Jewish.

  • Stephen Colbert : After all, it was Thomas Jefferson who said "Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach."

    Jon Stewart : No, that was Stalin. Thomas Jefferson said that he'd "Rather have free press and no government, than a government and no free press".

    Stephen Colbert : Well, what else would you expect from a slave-banging, Hitler-loving queer?

  • Harrison Ford : I don't really do action movies.

    Jon Stewart : You were Indiana Jones.

    Harrison Ford : Yeah, but...

    Jon Stewart : And Jack Ryan.

    Harrison Ford : I always saw Indiana Jones as a comedy.

    Jon Stewart : Well, I can assure you it's not.

    Harrison Ford : I'll have to let Spielberg know that. "Steve- not funny."

    Jon Stewart : You know Spielberg?

  • Jon Stewart : Because the seating for the Pope's funeral went in alphabetical order, the leaders of the country sat in order - Iran, Ireland, Israel. Three countries and four religions that hate each other.

  • Jon Stewart : See, I only make fun of people who I know would never come on the show.

    Alec Baldwin : That's a long list.

  • Jon Stewart : I'm joined now by our own vice-presidential firearms mishap analyst, Rob Corddry. Rob, obviously a very unfortunate situation. How is the vice president handling it?

    Rob Corddry : Tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Wittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington's face.

    Jon Stewart : But why, Rob? If he had known Mr. Whittington was not a bird, why would he still have shot him?

    Rob Corddry : In a post-9/11 world, the American people expect their leaders to be decisive. To not have shot his friend in the face would have sent a message to the quail that America is weak.

  • Jon Stewart : Earlier in the show I intimated that Julia Roberts was a speed junkie. That's not true. In real life, and don't hold this against her, she's a cannibal.

  • Jon Stewart : [on Iraq not completing its constitution on time]  A delay. Delegates so divided that they don't agree on what they're most divided about. The obvious conclusion ?


    Condoleezza Rice : We're witnessing democracy at work in Iraq.

    Jon Stewart : [stunned pause]  Is there any fuck-up they can't make seem like it was their plan all along... Is there any?

  • Jon Stewart : [on U.S. involvement in Iraq]  It's as though there's only two positions you can have - you're either for the war or against the troops.

  • President Bush : [recorded news statement]  The US Military has given Saddam Hussein a message, and tonight a military aircraft will be flying over Iraq, broadcasting that same message to the Iraqi people.

    Jon Stewart : That message is: "Heads up."

  • [on the capture of Sadam Hussein] 

    Jon Stewart : You've probably heard the news, unless you were in a hole, in which case, you were probably the guy we caught.

  • Jon Stewart : Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake.

  • Jon Stewart : As I understand, you gave some testimony too.

    Stephen Colbert : Well, I was subpoenaed, Jon, but I pled the sixth. That threw them for a loop.

  • Jon Stewart : Even if the flag burning amendment does become law, the larger problem will remain of how to respectfully dispose of older, tattered flags. Well, fortunately the U.S. official Flag Code has a suggestion about this. "The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." Owwwwcchh. In response, the House Republicans are calling for tattered flags to be kept alive via a feeding tube.

  • [Jon Stewart asks correspondent Stephen Colbert, ostensibly reporting live from the U.S. victory in Baghdad, Iraq, about the rebuilding process] 

    Stephen Colbert : We won. Rebuilding is for losers. Time to party. And then it's off to Syria for the next invasion.

    Jon Stewart : Are we invading Syria?

    Stephen Colbert : Am I still bound by the military's restrictions on embedded reporters?

    Jon Stewart : Yes.

    Stephen Colbert : Then no.

  • Jon Stewart : [on the November 2002 elections]  One of the highest profile races this evening is for governor in Florida. It's a battle between incumbent Jeb Bush... Of course, we all know he is the brother of Neil Bush, the disgraced financier.

  • [on the military's asking Geraldo Rivera to leave Iraq] 

    Jon Stewart : It should be mentioned that the only other people the US has asked to leave Iraq are Saddam and his two sons.

  • Stephen Colbert : You're saying they


    Stephen Colbert : can say anything they want? They can say that Al Sharpton will carry Wyoming, that the ballot boxes will run red with the blood of the goat, that Hispanics are the new soccer moms, and no one questions that? There aren't any repercussions when they're wrong, nobody gets fired?

    Jon Stewart : ...No.

    Stephen Colbert : I gotta get one of those jobs.

  • Jon Stewart : John Edwards won his home state of South Carolina yesterday, fulfilling his promise to win every state that he was born in.

  • Reporter : ...given the recent surge in violence, do you agree with Dick Cheney's assessment that the insurgency is in its last throes?

    George W. Bush : I think about Iraq every day. *Every single day*.

    Jon Stewart : Really? You think about the war you started every day? "Yeah, I tie a little string around my finger. Sometimes I look down at it, I think 'What's that doin' there?' Then I remember, I think, 'Oh shit.' It's that... Uh... That war."

  • Jon Stewart : Triumph, you're not allowed to swear.

    Triumph The Insult Comic Dog : What do you mean? It's cable TV, man.

    Jon Stewart : No, it's basic cable, you can't swear.

    Triumph The Insult Comic Dog : You can't swear on cable, what's the


    Triumph The Insult Comic Dog : point? All right, no, no, no, I kid, I kid. Cable's great, Jon Stewart, and you're great, and you have a great show... for me to poop on. I mean come on, having a show on cable, it's not like it's real, it's like sniffing your sister's ass.

    Jon Stewart : Now look, I happen to like having a show on Comedy Central.

    Triumph The Insult Comic Dog : [sarcastically]  Ooh, Comedy Central, good for you, Comedy Central. I have worms in my stool that have shows on Comedy Central.

  • Jon Stewart : [regarding the lawsuit against Napster]  The judgment marks a key victory for the recording industry, in its aggressive battle against poor high school students and fun.

  • Jon Stewart : You were supposed to be here last week, but you had to cancel.

    Natalie Portman : That's right. I got food poisoning.

    Jon Stewart : Yeah. And you told me before the show that whenever you tell people that, they never ask you "How are you doing?"

    Natalie Portman : That's right. They always say, "What did you eat?" instead. It's really selfish, you know?

    Jon Stewart : Uh-huh, right. Anyway, the reason I brought it up is because you never told me what you ate.

  • Jon Stewart : Today is the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk. Today, they tried to do a re-creation of that historic flight... and it didn't work. That's like doing a Civil War reenactment and having the South win.

  • Jon Stewart : "Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities?" What the (bleep) does that mean? What is that, craft services for the scientists?

  • Jon Stewart : [referring to George W. Bush]  Does he know who I am?

    Colin Powell : [grabs Jon Stewart's hand]  Jon... No.

  • Jon Stewart : Isn't that whole thing if you lick a frog, you get crazy thoughts?

    Kermit the Frog : If you lick a frog, you're crazy before you started.

  • [President Bush makes a speech about NASCAR promoting values] 

    Jon Stewart : Values like burning as much gas as you can so you can drive around an oval for hours.

  • Jon Stewart : Yes, eight votes would be called a 'landslide' in some of New Hampshire's less populated districts... if it weren't for the *real* landslides that those areas are subject to.

  • [on the 2000 election] 

    Jon Stewart : What's your overall sense of the mood down at the Republican convention floor. How did it feel to be there last night during the speech?

    Stephen Colbert : Well, Jon, as a journalist I have to maintain my objectivity, but I would say the feeling down here was one of a pervasive and palpable evil. A thick demonic stench that rolls over you and clings like hot black tar, a nightmare from which you cannot awaken, a nameless fear that lives in the dark spaces beyond your peripheral vision and drives you toward inhuman cruelties and unspeakable perversions. The delegates' bloated, pustulent bodies twisting from one obscene form to another, giant spider-shaped and ravenous wolf-headed creatures who feast upon the flesh of the innocent and suck the marrow from the bones of the poor.

  • [talking about filming The Reckoning in Spain] 

    Jon Stewart : Did you meet any Spanish people?

    Willem Dafoe : Oh, yeah, half of our crew was Spanish.

    Jon Stewart : Name one.


    Willem Dafoe : José.

  • Jon Stewart : [after showing a clip in which Jay Leno introduces Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new Governor of California]  Well, there you have it. We now officially live in the Matrix.

  • Jon Stewart : Today, a terrible tragedy struck the art word, and I'm not talking about the misuse of light and shadow in the post-modernist art form although that just... REALLY *bleep*ing angers me.

  • Jon Stewart : But apparently we liberal, secular fags here at Comedy Central have fired a devastating year-old six-second long joke, that doesn't barely even make any sense to us any more, across the bow of Christianity. When you think of Liberals, your thoughts naturally turn to others who're fighting against Christmas, like the Puritans: the first white Americans who banned Christmas celebrations for 22 years in Boston because they deemed all of them unseemly. Godless pricks!

  • Jon Stewart : France, c'mon girl, don't be an invader hater.

  • Jon Stewart : So, you're on Conan O'Brien tonight, am I right?

    Triumph The Insult Comic Dog : Uh, no, I'm actually on Friday, she's very good.

  • [about Saddam Hussein's capture] 

    Jon Stewart : But what does this capture mean for democrats? Short answer: Democrats are screwed. Long answer: THE democrats are COMPLETELY screwed.

  • Jon Stewart : Al Gore's endorsement of Howard Dean came as a surprise to nobody, except Gore's former running mate, Joe Lieberman. He found it pretty damn surprising.

  • Jon Stewart : To be fair to Secretary Rumsfeld, there's nothing the American public loves more than a man who takes a "Hey you kids get off my lawn!" approach to foreign policy.

  • George W. Bush : I think we're welcomed in Iraq.

    Jon Stewart : Apparently the rocket-propelled grenade is the Iraqi equivalent of "aloha".

  • Jon Stewart : Rob, if the administration's argument for weapons of mass destruction is whether or not we exist and are really here, I think we're in trouble.

  • [about Wesley Clark's decision to drop out of the presidential race] 

    Jon Stewart : Now, Samantha, could you describe the attitude in Wesley Clark's campaign bus? I'd think it would be one of disappointment.

    Samantha Bee : Well, Jon, if you can just *assume* my report, then I guess I don't have to be here in Arkansas.

    Jon Stewart : I'm sorry, Samantha. Tell us, what was the mood in Clark's bus?

    Samantha Bee : Actually, disappointment was pretty apt.

  • [after he won the Oklahoma Primary] 

    Wesley Clark : Oklahoma is OK with me!

    Jon Stewart : General Clark then added, "Idaho! Alaska!" And then became the first candidate in history to be yanked off the stage with a cane.

  • [as Dennis Kucinich holds a peace sign after voting] 

    Jon Stewart : Congressman Dennis Kucinich voted in his home state of Ohio. As he left the booth, he held up a peace sign... and held it... and held it... he's holding it... and still holding it. Kucinich was then asked for the millionth time why he was still running for president; at that point, he lowered one of the fingers.

  • Jon Stewart : As you know, we cater to a pretty young audience, how does your message relate to young people?

    Howard Dean : I think young people are interested in the environment and the economy because...

    Jon Stewart : I'm sorry, I think we're speaking to a younger audience.

    Howard Dean : Young people are interested in green grass, and not spending more money...

    Jon Stewart : I think we need to go younger.

    Howard Dean : OK... Cleanliness, and...

    Jon Stewart : You know what, maybe you could just jangle your keys for a while.

  • Jon Stewart : So if any terrorists are planning to disrupt our election, the White House will head them off by disrupting it first.

  • Republican National Chairman : We're so very focused in running a positive campaign...

    Jon Stewart : [incredulous]  What?

  • [Madonna is giving a speech in Israel] 

    Madonna : At first I was hesitant about coming here. But since I have been here, I have realised that Israel is no more dangerous than New York City.

    Jon Stewart : ...We have got to get the fuck out of New York City, man.

  • Jon Stewart : ["Daily Show" after his "Crossfire" appearance]  Let's see, what did I do on Friday? Mmmm, got a haircut, mmmm, called a guy a dick on national television.

  • Jon Stewart : [the audience is laughing at a joke on the screen that reads: "Syria's Unfortunate Events"]  You know, we don't just pick the first pun that comes to mind. That usually takes a couple of hours.

  • Jon Stewart : Tonight, our focus is on Televsion! Today, the FCC wanted to impose the same decency standards that apply to broadcast television as they do to cable.

    [audience boos] 

    Jon Stewart : To which many people said, "Uh, fuck that guy!".

  • President Bush : Americans do not have to choose between a strong economy and a clean environment.

    Jon Stewart : You'll get neither and like it!

  • [follwing a series of bizarre statements from the House's hearings on violent video games] 

    Jon Stewart : Seriously, the House of Representatives is filled with insane jackasses.

  • Jon Stewart : [on the U.S. overthrow of Saddam Hussein]  No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, if you are incapable of feeling at least a tiny amount of joy at watching ordinary Iraqis celebrate this, you are lost to the ideological left. And let me also add if you are incapable of feeling badly that we even had to use force in the first place, you are ideologically lost to the right. And I would implore both of those groups to leave the room now.

  • Jon Stewart : [on the 2002 elections]  Before we bring democracy to Iraq or even Afghanistan, it might be prudent to bring it to Florida. We don't have to bring regime change to the whole state. We can start in Pensacola and work our way down.

  • Jon Stewart : [August 2002]  While Clinton was partial to Hollywood heavyweights like Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand, Bush has courted his own version of celebrity royalty, like pro golfer Ben Crenshaw and country singer Larry Gatlin. Not at the same time, of course. I mean, you'd just be begging for the place to get trashed.

  • Jon Stewart : Samantha, could you describe what caused the blackout?

    Samantha Bee : Well, Jon, at about two in the afternoon, a power station overloaded at the Lake Erie Loop. The power grid failed. Jon?

    Jon Stewart : Is that all?

    Samantha Bee : Pretty much.

    Jon Stewart : Do you even know how the power is distributed?

    Samantha Bee : Evenly?

    Jon Stewart : Do you know what the distributing process is?

    Samantha Bee : [uncertainly]  Well, first they shovel the energy into a big pile... and put it in wheelbarrows... and then they roll it down to the transformers.

    Jon Stewart : Transformers?

    Samantha Bee : You know, big robots; turn into cars; shoot lasers out their eyes?

  • Jon Stewart : Apparently at around two o'clock the technicians in the power stations were alerted to a problem in the power grid when the lights went out... up and down the eastern seaboard.

  • [about an increase in college crime rates] 

    Jon Stewart : This is what happens when you take away Napster.

  • Jon Stewart : On Sunday morning, Americans awoke to images of a man more disheveled... than themselves.

  • Jon Stewart : Across the nation, thousands of people are lining up in hospital waiting rooms, out the doors, down the steps, around the corners, and behind the hedges, waiting for their inoculations. Here's another idea for avoiding the flu: DON'T stand outside in the cold for hours around lots of other people.

  • [In a recorded debate, John Kerry asks Howard Dean 'What were you thinking?' in response to some comments Dean had made] 

    Jon Stewart : He was probably thinking "I can say some really insane things and still beat John Kerry."

  • Jon Stewart : Al Sharpton did have a point, that is, that Howard Dean did not employ a black or Latino worker during his tenure as governor... of *Vermont*, a fact affirmed by Vermont's minority population. I believe his name is Eddie.

  • Jon Stewart : President Bush announced that we were landing on Mars today... which means he's given up on Earth.

  • Stephen Colbert : Saddam Hussein will most likely plead a case of self-defense...

    Jon Stewart : Wait a minute, Stephen... self-defense? The man killed 400,000 Kurds.

    Stephen Colbert : ...who snuck up on him, Jon.

  • Jon Stewart : Stephen, could you describe the attitude of the democratic voters in New Hampshire?

    Stephen Colbert : Well, Jon, I'd say that they have an attitude of anger.

    Jon Stewart : Anger toward President Bush?

    Stephen Colbert : No, Jon; toward me. Me and the other reporters.

  • Jon Stewart : Do you know of any candidate that has gone from top to bottom, from king to serf, so quickly as Howard Dean?

    Bob Dole : I did.

  • Jon Stewart : [about Joe Lieberman]  So you're excited that you came in third in the race for third? That's like being excited about winning the bronze medal in the competition for bronze medals! I don't think they even call that bronze! That's probably zinc!

  • [after President Bush describes terrorists several times] 

    Jon Stewart : [pulling out a bottle]  Okay, looks like this is gonna be a while, so if you're playing at home, remember, it's a shot of tequila every time he says 'Terrorist, ' 'Danger, ' or 'Madman'.

  • Jon Stewart : We're not like a lot of your news organizations, with their immediacy. We're a 24-hour news channel, if you consider it over two months and add up all the half-hours.

  • Jon Stewart : Yes, it's a courageous move, releasing a pro-Jesus film in America. Very unusually bold.

  • Rob Corddry : The mood here at Kerry's headquarters is one of absolute celebration, Jon, elation.

    Jon Stewart : Unbelievable! Even 24 hours later, spirits are still high at the Kerry camp.

    Rob Corddry : There's a *lot* of things still high at the Kerry camp, Jon! Spirits would be one of them, most of the junior campaign staff would be the other!

    [to people offscreen] 

    Rob Corddry : Hey, guys, come on, don't forget to breathe out!

  • Samantha Bee : As you know, the cornerstone of Edwards' campaign has been the idea of two Americas. Take a look.

    [John Edwards describes "two Americas" in several clips] 

    Samantha Bee : See that? Two Americas. The bad news is, in *this* America, John Edwards has had his ass handed to him. However, in the other America, Edwards is doing quite well. In fact, he's won twenty-nine of thirty contests. Quite impressive.

    Jon Stewart : Now, Samantha, how did he manage to lose a primary in another America of his own invention?

  • Jon Stewart : Kerry could pose a serious threat.

    Stephen Colbert : [talking like a biblical prophet]  Threat, Jon? Threat? Tread carefully, newsman, lest your impudence embroil you in the coming battle tide. For the day is nigh when the armies of Rove shall come alive to claim their due. For lo! it has been foretold that the son of the forty-first king shall himself twice be crowned! The treasuries will be emptied! The ads unleashed! And the blue states will run red with the hundred million dollars of hellfire and retribution!

  • [watching a riot in the South Korean National Assembly] 

    Jon Stewart : It looks like someone is about to introduce a bill...

    [somebody throws a folder full of papers at the Speaker] 

    Jon Stewart : And there it is.

  • Richard Clarke : The very fact that somebody who saw all the material, saw all the evidence, has been around for years doing this kind of stuff would have the temerity to say, "You know, I think the President was really wrong to go into Iraq 'cause that really hurt the war on terrorism... "

    Jon Stewart : Again, because we're on Comedy Central, I think you may have to change the word "temerity" to "balls".

  • Jon Stewart : Despite reports that John Kerry was wounded three times in Vietnam, it was revealed today that he was only wounded twice. So in other words, he's a pussy.

  • Jon Stewart : However, the photos from the Iraq prison showed only the beatings. They didn't show the ensuing initation and keggers.

  • Jon Stewart : So, Stephen, how was Louisiana?

    Stephen Colbert : I don't know, Jon, why do you ask?

    Jon Stewart : You were just there.

    Stephen Colbert : Okay, I'll bite. What was I doing there?

    Jon Stewart : You did a story about drive-through daquiri bars.

    Stephen Colbert : Oh, no, Jon. I think I would have remembered that. Unless, of course, I was drinking. When I drink, I tend to black out. That's why I drink - to forget the blackouts. I'm kinda confused, obviously... I need a drink. You got any liquor around here? No? that's all right - I always make sure to carry a bottle of Ice Blue Aqua Velva with me. I am an Aqua Velva man. Want any?

    Jon Stewart : No, no after shave for me, thanks.

  • Jon Stewart : There you have it, folks. Finally, there is a place in the world where the US government can't do whatever it wants to do... and it's in Cuba!

  • Jon Stewart : If Monday night was filet mignon, Tuesday night was "What else is in the fridge?"

  • Jon Stewart : [Dick Cheney blames the defeat of an energy bill on the abscence of Kerry and Edwards to vote on it]  So let me get this straight: you control the White House, both Houses of Congress, and the Supreme Court, and your administration has closer ties to the energy industry than any administration in history, and THOSE two blockheads stopped you?

  • Jon Stewart : Yesterday the White House unveiled a plan to deal with terrorist attacks on Election Day. It's part of a program where the President, under certain circumstances, could declare himself Caesar.

  • Jon Stewart : [watching a video of a spacecraft crashing]  The Genesis space probe returned to earth last weekend after a three-year mission of space exploration. If there was one thing that NASA learned from the experience, it's that spacecraft don't bounce.

  • Jon Stewart : If the guy in front of you at the polls has arm swords, you might want to considering filling out an absentee ballot.

  • Jon Stewart : The official CIA report, the Duelfer report, has come out. The one that they've been working on for the past two years that will be the definitive answer on the weapons of mass destruction programs in Iraq, and it turns out, uh, not so much. Apparently, there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and their capabilities had been degraded, and they pretty much stopped trying anything in '98. Both the president and the vice president have come out today in response to the findings and said that they clearly justify the invasion of Iraq. So, uh, some people look at a glass and see it as half full, and other people look at a glass and say that it's a dragon.

  • Jon Stewart : If we are going to amend the constitution, shouldn't it be to keep the omos-hay from arrying-may?

  • Bill Donahue : Who really cares what Hollywood thinks? All these hacks come out there. Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular. It's not a secret, okay? And I'm not afraid to say it. That's why they hate this movie. It's about Jesus Christ, and it's about truth. It's about the Messiah. Hollywood likes anal sex. They like to see the public square without nativity scenes. I like families. I like children. They like abortions. I believe in traditional values and restraint. They believe in libertarianism. We have nothing in common.

    Jon Stewart : What the fuck is this guy's problem?

  • Jon Stewart : 61% of graduating teens have had sex, 37% will eventually have sex, and 2% become statisticians.

  • Jon Stewart : Nothing promotes abstinence as well as the image of James Carville masturbating. On a less disturbing note, terrorism is back in the news...

  • Jon Stewart : [after Alberto Gonzales says that he believes in the rule of law]  Hey, everybody! The guy who wants to be Attorney General believes in laws! I wonder what the Secretary of Commerce thinks about capitalism!

  • Jon Stewart : If you become President, and you are gonna start a war with another country - you don't have to make this promise - would you announce it on our show? Would you do that for us?

    John Edwards : Well, I kept this stupid promise to be on your show and make the announcement...

  • [on talking about Cheney failing to pass a bill through the senate] 

    Jon Stewart : So let me get this straight. You control the White House, the Senate, the house, and congress. And the only thing that got between you and getting what you want, were these two guys?

    [shows a picture of John Kerry and John Edwards] 

    Jon Stewart : And you call yourself evil!

  • Jon Stewart : Hey, listen, lady, Donald Rumsfeld is not on trial here! Hey, wait a second, why isn't Donald Rumsfeld on trial?

  • Jon Stewart : Where is Iran located? It's situated conveniently between Iraq and Afghanistan, meaning that...

    [shows a map with three X's between the countries] 

    Jon Stewart : Hey! But what do we know about Iran? Well, its capital is Tehran. Its national language is Farsi. Its currency is the Rial. And its architecture is still standing. But what are they up to? Something.

  • Jon Stewart : Enron! Halliburton! No WMDs in Iraq! With all these things going on, what was Congress most concerned about? That's right, baseball. This week, the Congressional hearings on steroid abuse began. Among those that were testifying include: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Paul Giambi, and Shrinkynuts McAngrypants!

  • Rob Corddry : That's why we have this. It's the liberal media filter. It was invented in the 1950s by angry gays and Jews who couldn't get work in musical theater. You know all those nice things you said about President Bush?

    Jon Stewart : Yes, all those nice things that I said.

    Rob Corddry : Well, thanks to this filter, they all appear to come out negative.

    Jon Stewart : Is there a conservative media filter?

    Rob Corddry : They're working on it - it's a work in progress. Although they don't seem to really dig technology all that much.

  • Jon Stewart : [footage of a guy on TV saying: "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews and loves anal sex"]  Uh... what the fuck is this guy's problem? First of all, Hollywood does not love anal sex. It *loves* it. And second, if Hollywood were run by secular Jews, I would be on a network and Leno, Letterman, and O'Brien would be on Animal Planet.

  • Jon Stewart : John Ashcroft is teaching a class called "Leadership In Times Of Crisis", but his students don't know that he can detain you for several days without telling you why you're being detained.

  • Ted Kennedy : [about Northern Ireland]  You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them.

    Jon Stewart : There you have it folks. Years of religious turmoil boiled down to a Kenny Rogers lyric.

  • Jon Stewart : [Oprah has just given away free cars]  See, here's where Oprah has violated the talk show code. Treating the audience like shit. Seriously, she gives away cars and you guys stand in the freezing cold weather for what? This piece of shit show? A bunch of random jokes followed by some interview where I pretend to be remotely interested? We have a green room with a nice couch, big screen TV, snacks, and other nice things, but do we let our audience use it? No.

  • Jon Stewart : [about the 2nd Inauguration of George W. Bush]  The moment we've all been waiting for: the official half-way point of the George W. Bush presidency.

    William Rehnquist : I, George Walker Bush.

    George W. Bush : I, George Walker Bush.

    William Rehnquist : Do solemnly swear.

    George W. Bush : Do solemnly swear.

    Jon Stewart : At which point, 49% of the country, also, solemnly swore.

  • Jon Stewart : [CNN mentioned Princes William and Harry, saying that William is a student and Harry is known for mischief]  Prince Harry is "known for mischief"? Maybe this is CNN's tribute to the British penchant for understatement.

    [trademark bewildered Jon look] 

    Jon Stewart : CNN then said Charles' ears were "noticeable" and called World War II a "bit of pudding".

  • Jon Stewart : Welcome to the Daily Show! For anyone watching, if you happen to hear any loud crashes, it's because there's a thunderstorm outside. It's not, as our good friend Alan suggested earlier, the Hammer of Thor crashing to the Earth.

  • Jon Stewart : [to senator Zell Miller]  We disagree on a lot of things, but, eh, well... let me just say this: I think we disagree on everything.

  • Jon Stewart : Megachurches. I can't be the only one frightened when our houses of worship sound like they could take on Godzilla.

  • Jon Stewart : The new Airbus plane, the A380 is capable of holding 800 passengers. Or, 400 Americans.

  • Jon Stewart : The Democratic Party. They were a political party that had power somewhere in the early 19th and 20th centuries. You might have heard of them. Ask your parents.

  • Jon Stewart : Stephen, Senator Frist's appearance at that megachurch could be seen as a serious breach of the separation of church of state.

    Stephen Colbert : Jon, let me explain this in a metaphor. If you take a gallon of Neopolitan ice-cream, like the one I'm holding, you need to drag a spoon all the way across it to get the full three flavors.

    [Colbert puts the gallon of ice cream down and picks up another one] 

    Stephen Colbert : However, if you have a gallon of fudge sundae ice cream, you can dip your spoon in and enjoy all parts of the sundae at once.

    Jon Stewart : So you're implying that mixing church and state is a good thing?

    Stephen Colbert : Jon, I'm saying that this megachurch is a Baskin-Robbins.

  • Jon Stewart : At this point, the White House Press Corps has been replaced with actual journalists!

  • Jon Stewart : [commenting on the 2005 Congressional energy bill]  Oh, oil! Giver of power, corrupter of governments, non-sticker of surfaces... must you taunt us with your slick, non-renewable goodness?

  • Bill O'Reilly : [to John McCain in an interview]  But I think that coerced interrogation... the Bagram guys tell me it works, it's just a matter of degree.

    Jon Stewart : That's Bill O'Reilly giving lectures on torture to John "five years of drinking my own urine in a bamboo cage" McCain.

  • Jon Stewart : [on Cindy Sheehan and the conservative media]  The old guilt- by-association argument. She hangs out with Michael Moore whose film Bowling For Columbine featured Charlie Heston... who played a Mexican in Touch of Evil... Mexico speaks the same language as Cuba... where Fidel Castro plotted to kill JFK... as seen in the film starring Kevin Bacon. Oh, Cindy Sheehan! Why do you and your liberal cohorts plan to kill Kevin Bacon?

  • Jon Stewart : [on P. Diddy changing his name]  Just Diddy! The P is gone! Oh... say it ain't so, Diddy. Why did you do it, Diddy?

    Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs : Because I thought the P was getting between me and my fans.

    Jon Stewart : The P was getting between him and his fans. You know I don't think it's the P. I think it's the bodyguards.

  • Stephen Colbert : [on the White House's new chef]  I think the right may be shocked to learn she once made an organic quince tart with a lactose-free crème anglaise for a vegan banquet.

    Jon Stewart : [shrugs]  Why would that upset the right?

    Stephen Colbert : It's gay food, Jon. About as gay as it gets. Might as well just stick it up your butt.

  • Zell Miller : [speech during Justice Sunday]  Isn't it strange that a government requires a no-smoking sign around gas pumps to remind us of that danger, but then thinks we don't need to be reminded of the danger of living a sinful life?

    Jon Stewart : You know I...

    [shakes head] 

    Jon Stewart : I gotta say, I think it's the way it should be. No-smoking signs by gas stations, no religion in the public square. The government should keep us from being engulfed in flames on earth and that's pretty much it.

  • Jon Stewart : Oh, insinuating voiceover lady, I think you need a piece of action from movie trailer man.

  • Jon Stewart : [on an Iraq comparison to Vietnam]  Said a frustrated Vietnam, "Can we stop comparing intractable conflicts to me? I mean I've moved on. Hello? Thriving sex trade?"

  • Jon Stewart : We're going to begin tonight with more on our victory in Iraq. In Iraq, it's just past its two year mark and the victory there is growing increasingly glorious.

  • Jon Stewart : Over the past year, several infants have been forbidden to board planes because they shared their name with someone on a government no-fly list. Officials say confusion may stem from Madison being the most popular girl's name last year and number one for boys being Tariq Al Bin Muhammed.

  • Jon Stewart : You know what the situation room is? The guy's got a satellite dish, that's all it is.

  • Jon Stewart : You know, if I had a nickel for every time Bush has mentioned 9/11, I could raise enough reward money to go after bin Laden.

  • Jon Stewart : Just a quick observation- when people do not want to play the blame game...


    Jon Stewart : They're to blame.

  • [on George W. Bush's and Sean Penn's actions after Hurricane Katrina] 

    Jon Stewart : So to recap - this guy came down four days later to mourn the loss of Trent Lott's house, while I Am Sam waded through toxic sludge in a dinghy.

  • Jon Stewart : First fucker - Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Brown was nominated to the post by President Bush in 2003, and intends to start the job any day now. Any day now.

    [audience applauds in agreement] 

  • Jon Stewart : [to John Kerry]  One more thing, and you don't have to answer it if you don't want to. Is it true that every time I buy a bottle of ketchup, your wife gets a nickel?

  • Jon Stewart : [after the show starts airing in Canada]  We will start each program with the Canadian national anthem.


    Jon Stewart : "Takin' care of business - every day!"

  • Jon Stewart : Bush followed his poll numbers and went south.

  • Jon Stewart : [on the Rockefeller tree lighting]  The one-second lighting was preceded by a concert featuring Harry Connick Jr., the Goo-Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, because someone had to


    Jon Stewart : fucking rock the joint! Bloomberg!

  • Jon Stewart : The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting dates back to 1931, when depression-era laborers proudly mounted a 12-foot white spruce in the middle of their construction site, and then ate it.

  • Jon Stewart : [English accent]  Is that what happened at your fancy Georgetown Dinner Party, Governor Richardson, sir? I heard as you were leaving you said, "Good day! Wipe your penis on the curtains and walk out!" That is what I heard!

  • Jon Stewart : [Bill O'Reilly accused The Daily Show of being part of the war on Christmas]  And let me say to you, Bill O'Reilly, and the entire O'Reilly clan, "Feliz Navidad." Although I'm sure you're concerned that *that's* getting too prevalent in this country, as well.

  • [after discussing Bill O'Reilly's one-year-out-of-date, presumably sarcastic "Merry Christmas, Jon Stewart!"] 

    Jon Stewart : You know what? It's okay, if Bill O'Reilly needs to have an enemy, needs to feel persecuted, you know what? Here's my Kwanzaa gift to him. Are you ready? All right.

    [holiday overlay frame fades in] 

    Jon Stewart : I'm your enemy, make me your enemy. I, Jon Stewart... hate Christmas. Christians! Jews- morality. And I will not rest, until every year, families gather to spend December 25th together... at Osama's homobortionpot'n'commiejizzporium.

    [audience laughs and cheers] 

  • Jon Stewart : Yes, that's a *former Pentagon spokesperson*, explaining to a *reporter*, why *propaganda* may not be good.

  • Jon Stewart : What is this 'Party of Death' and what can we do to defeat it?

    Ramesh Ponnuru : The 'Party of Death' is a term I use to describe all the forces in our politics and culture that are undermining the right to life.

    Jon Stewart : And that would be in the domain of the Democrats, the media, and the courts.

    Ramesh Ponnuru : And more broadly in the rest of society.

    Jon Stewart : Now, I read your book. The rest of society isn't mentioned.

  • Jon Stewart : So basically, if you want to make sense of the Bush Administration's foreign policy, this is the tone we take with a country whose leader is openly hostile to the United States and who has admitted having an active nuclear program.

    George W. Bush : If Iran's leaders reject our offer, it will result in action before the Security Council!

    Jon Stewart : This is the tone we take with a country whose leader is openly hostile to the United States and who we think might have been trying to reconstitute a nuclear program.

    George W. Bush : America will not accept a serious and mounting threat to our country and our friends and our allies.

    Jon Stewart : And this is how we deal with a guy who we know has a nuclear weapon and a missle that could hit California.

    State Department spokesman Sean McCormack : Hey, everybody.

    Jon Stewart : "Hey, everybody! North Korea's going to launch a nuclear missile. Hey, Mom!"

  • Jon Stewart : [George W. Bush voice]  Just picture your loved ones dead. Just do it for me. Are you picturing it? Do you got it? All right, now go vote.

  • Nancy Grace : There have been reports Anna Nicole Smith actually choked on her own vomit.

    Jon Stewart : You know, I'm not choking on mine right now, but I'm tasting it a little.

  • Jon Stewart : The media unleashed a full-scale coverage orgy, with CNN at one point going ninety minutes without a commercial, making the death of Anna Nicole Smith a more significant news event than a State of the Union address and slightly less than 9/11.

  • Jon Stewart : Right now, people are rushing out to get this year's most popular present: a painful injection of dead virus.

  • Jon Stewart : Guy with chin-stud and... top-of-nose thing, I think I'll miss you most of all

  • Jon Stewart : Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski and two other former Tyco executives have been charged with looting their company of hundreds of millions of dollars. If that weren't enough, putting a good deal of that toward private purchases on the company tab, including $36 million worth of homes, two sets of sheets for nearly $6, 000, and a shower curtain valued at $6, 000. I'll tell ya, for that price, it had really better keep small puddles from forming on the bathroom floor... In the most egregious example, Kozlowski spent $2.1 million on a lavish birthday party for his wife, complete with Roman gladiators at the door and an ice sculpture of Michelangelo's David that dispensed vodka from its penis. Classy and a perfect accompaniment to the beluga caviar oozing out its ass.

  • Jon Stewart : Russia held its parliamentary elections last week. The result: it decided to go with a dictatorship.

  • Jon Stewart : Here in the U.S., we've made democracy into a science. A cold, impersonal science.

  • Jon Stewart : What about the State of the Union? Did you go to the speech?

    Sen. John McCain : I had no choice.

  • Dennis Kucinich (Recorded interview on Larry King) : Well, I'm looking forward to the upcoming primaries down south, I think I'm doing pretty well. I got more than one percent of the vote in the last primary.

    Jon Stewart : Huzzah! More than one out of a hundred people has voted 'Kucinich!' Break out the champagne!

  • Ed Helms : First there was the New Hampshire primary, and we had nearly a year leading up to it. And now, look! Three primaries in one weekend! How many of these things are they going to have?

    Jon Stewart : Uh... there's fifty, Ed.

    Ed Helms : Fifty? That's almost one per state!

  • Jon Stewart : Even though the municipal workers' union withdrew its support for Howard Dean, Dean still has the support of the 50,000 member 'Angry Pipe-fitters Union'. Reached for comment, the union leader said, "Ahh! Freakin' pipes! Won't freakin' fit together! Makin' me so mad!"

  • [Impersonating Howard Dean] 

    Jon Stewart : Who's got two thumbs and a creepy, freaky smile?

  • Mel Gibson : [during an interview with Diane Sawyer]  God ordains everything. God made my bed, you know?

    Jon Stewart : ...Mel Gibson is one lazy mother


    Jon Stewart : . Can't you make your own bed? God has things to do! Make your bed! God can't say, "I have to end a famine... Oh, wait! Gibson's bed!"

  • Jon Stewart : It's Rosh Hashana! The time when Jews go to New York to watch the... apple drop... into the pit of honey. This is also when newscasters say: "And to our Jewish viewers, happy Resh Hoshin!"

  • Alec Baldwin : I think Colin Powell is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

    Jon Stewart : I feel so sorry for him. If I saw him, I would just be like this:

    [extends arms] 

    Jon Stewart : Hold me.

  • Jon Stewart : [after a senator equates gay marriage with people marrying animals]  So to sum it up, it will take two thirds of both Houses of Congress plus three quarters of the states to pass an amendment saying that two straight parents are better than one straight parent which is still better than two gay parents which is equal to a guy screwing a turtle.

  • Jon Stewart : I'm a blue-stater, baby!

  • Jon Stewart : It's time for - Let's go! Bomb Iran. Brought to you by Target.

  • Jon Stewart : We all know what happens to celebrities when their time is up - rehab and then a stint on VH1.

  • Jon Stewart : Al Gore, two term vice president who couldn't beat a one term Texas governor is launching Current, a new cable news channel being aimed at male, internet savvy viewers between the ages of 18 - 34. A very underrepresented niche market, which currently only has MTV, MTV2, Vh1, Fuse, G4Tech, Spike, Sci-Fi, all the ESPNs, Style, and everything else on television! Except of course for Pax and the new channel Hallmark Oldsters. One of the unique things about Current is Googlewatch, a half-hour show that features what people are searching for on the popular search engine. Just when you thought that television should feature more of Terri Hatcher + nude / buttshot.

  • Jon Stewart : [after Jose Canseco likens taking steroids in the '80s to drinking coffee]  Yes, drinking coffee from a syringe injected into Mark McGuire's ass!

  • Jon Stewart : Vice President Dick Cheney said that Howard Dean's comments about America being a "white Christian nation" were over the top. Folks, that is not over the top. An over the top statement would be something like, "Republicans like to sodomize sheep and drink piss straight from their


    Jon Stewart : "! That's over the top. That's straight from the

    [words beeped out] 

    Jon Stewart : .

  • Rep. Duncan Hunter : [on how the 20th 9/11 hijacker is being treated at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba]  ... his dinner is noodles Jefferson.

    Jon Stewart : Noodles Jefferson! I think I went to high school with that guy. I went to high school with Noodles Je... I remember very clearly we called him "Noodles" because... ehh... of his fondness for... uhhh... he liked noodles. Big fan of the noodles. What are ya eatin' today... noodles.

  • Jon Stewart : It's 11:00 tonight, which means that we have probably already declared war. By the time this show reruns at 7:00, we'll be at war. By the 4:00 rerun, we'll be done with the war. Which means that by tomorrow night's episode at 11:00, we'll be done with the war and be declaring war on France.

  • Jon Stewart : [on proposed congressional funding for the "American Tobacco Trail"]  Here's everything you need to know about the American Tobacco Trail - it starts at slavery and ends at cancer.

  • Jon Stewart : How does Harry Potter stay on top?

    [throws hands around] 

    Jon Stewart : Magic!

  • Jon Stewart : What do those drugs do, Rob?

    Rob Corddry : Ask your doctor.

    Jon Stewart : Seriously, what do they do?

    Rob Corddry : Seriously, Jon, ask your doctor. I don't know. See, if a pharmaceutical company advertises a prescription drug but doesn't say what it does, the FDA doesn't make them list the side effects. That's why the TV spots for the drugs I just mentioned don't give the foggiest indication for what those pills do other than that they seem to help old people ride tandem bicycles.

  • Jon Stewart : [introducing oil executives]  And finally, Exxon-Mobil CEO Lee Raymond, the only man who comes pre-caricatured for an editorial cartoon. You know, uh, I know one place you might want to start looking for oil... jowls...

  • Jon Stewart : Yesterday they performed the first successful partial face transplant, on a 38-year-old who wished to remain anonymous. Although I have to say, it seems like a long way to go just to remain anonymous.

  • Patrick Leahy : We pass a law that says it's against the law to murder someone in the United States.

    Jon Stewart : [stuttering]  We-we don't have that law? I'll be right back.

    [Jon runs away, jumps out the door] 

    Jon Stewart : Ha, ha! Hobo! I got to find me a hobo!

    [runs up to hobo and starts strangling him] 

    Jon Stewart : Ahhh! Hobo! How do you like that hobo?

    Man : Hey, murder's already illegal!

    [Jon runs back to news desk] 

  • Jon Stewart : [on Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting victim Harry Whittington heart attack]  I am downgrading the story from "incredibly hilarious" to "still funny but a little sad".

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