It’s funny, prior to Donald Trump making it official that he’s running for president (I honestly cannot believe I just typed that), a friend and I were talking about the fact that if it were to happen, Jon Stewart was going to absolutely lose it on The Daily Show.
Well, Trump made it official and Stewart absolutely lost it on last night’s show.
While I’m sure a lot of it was an act, he legitimately seemed overwhelmed with excitement at Trump’s announcement. He even broke script laughing uncontrollably during the second segment discussing Pizza Hut’s “hotdog pizza,” declaring “this maybe the greatest day of my life” – clearly in reference to the absurdity of the pizza story along with “The Donald’s” presidential candidacy.
He started by making fun of Trump’s entrance to his speech, which included a ride down an escalator.
“I haven’t seen an entrance that majestic since my friend met me at The Gap after grabbing an Orange Julius,” Stewart mocked.
He then went on to describe Trump’s speech as 30 minutes of “beautifully ridiculous jibber-jabber” – which it was. I couldn’t stomach more than a few minutes of it. His speech literally seemed like a Saturday Night Live sketch, except not as funny.
“It’s amazing! America’s id is running for president,” Stewart said before describing Trump as being like “the part of your brain at 3 a.m. that’s like, ‘Let’s go take a sh*t in a mailbox. Come on, who’s gonna know?’”
You really just have to watch the segment. It’s impossible to accurately describe the fun Stewart seemed to be having mocking the absolute ridiculousness of Trump. Now my main hope is that he can make it into the top 10 candidates so he can participate in the debates. Please, we all need to do whatever we can to make that happen.
“Thank you, Donald Trump, for making my last six weeks my best six weeks,” Stewart said. “He is putting me in some kind of comedy hospice, where all I’m getting is just straight morphine.”
It’s somewhat depressing to realize that Stewart has just six weeks left as host of The Daily Show. And perhaps what’s most depressing is that this 2016 election seems made for Stewart. Not only is it possibly one of the most important elections in many of our lifetimes, but it’s shaping up to be one of the most ridiculous set of candidates (at least on the GOP side) that I think many of us will ever witness.
I guess the downside to having such a large group of ridiculous people part of the same pool is that some of them aren’t even going to be able to participate in many, if any, of the primary debates. Sadly, that’s what I ultimately fear is going to happen with Trump.
But for all of our sakes, I do hope Trump can get into at least one debate. If that happens, that will truly be an evening of “must-see” television.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: