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Mon, 12 Dec 2005

Jon Stewart Live

The missus and I had the immense pleasure of being able to attend the 4PM performance of Jon Stewart (and two writers from The Daily Show) giving selected readings from America: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.

“The theatre would like me to announce that the role of Mary Poppins in tonight’s performance will be played by three Jews reading from a book.”

The experience taught me a number of things:

  1. There are an awful lot of Americans living in London — and on Sunday afternoon, they were all in a theatre in Soho.

  2. Unlike many of his fans, Jon Stewart really doesn’t see his appearance on Crossfire as his finest moment.

  3. Audience members who, in a question-and-answer session, attempt to be funny and fail, deserve everything they get.

  4. Nothing says “Christmas treat” like Maltesers from a box.

  5. The Daily Show is motivated, not out of disdain for America and American values, but out of love for them. These guys are genuinely disappointed that it’s all gone so horribly wrong.

Incidentally, isn’t it always the way that when you encounter someone whose work you admire, they’re in the gents taking a leak, effectively precluding any hand-shaking opportunity for fear of (a) cooties, and (b) it being misconstrued as an attempt at a hand-shandy opportunity?