Jon Stewart Performs Rare Stand-Up Set at NYC’s Comedy Cellar

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A few stellar ‘Daily Show’ alums (besides Jon Stewart).

“I took this guy to Comedy Cellar tonight and he couldn’t resist the mic,” said former ‘Daily Show’ executive producer Rory Albanese. “The Cellar is where it all began for Jon.

After much media speculation over news that Jon Stewart met with Barack Obama twice during his presidency, The Daily Show host came clean Wednesday night with all the juicy details: “I was brought through the secret White House tunnel entrance at Mount Rushmore,” the host cracked. “It was a round table meeting with the President, Elvis — still alive — Minister Farrakhan and the Area 51 alien.” Clearly relishing the ridiculousness of his momentary place in the 24-hour cable news cycle, Stewart downplayed his visits with Obama, noting first and foremost, they weren’t actually secret.Being interviewed by Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show, Stewart finally copped to what he and the President did at those meetings in 2011 and 2014. “Hang out,” he said. “Eat nachos, watch King Ralph.” (King Ralph is a move from the 1990s where John Goodman becomes the King of England.) Wilmore asked Stewart if he thinks the President was trying t0 influence his show or his jokes by calling the meetings, to which Stewart replied, “No, I think that was what he was trying to do, because I have a television show and sometimes we say super sh*tty things about him and his policies, so I’m pretty sure I was there because he’s run out of people to watch King Ralph with.” This was an awesome moment.” The exiting Comedy Central late-night host made a rare onstage appearance at the famed Comedy Cellar in New York City on Wednesday night, according to Mediaite. As for the what the pair discussed, Fox News speculated that a crack about a shirtless Vladimir Putin, made not long after Obama warned Russian about further military intervention in Ukraine, was proof the president and host were in cahoots.

On Wednesday’s edition of the show, he told viewers the media portrayal of the meetings as clandestine ‘basically sounds so much more awesome than what happened’. In actuality, the meeting went more like this, according to Stewart: Obama scolded him for turning young Americans cynical, Stewart explained he was actually “skeptically idealistic,” then they argued about fixing the VA and Healthcare.gov.

For Stewart, the meeting with Obama was no different than those he’s taken with big wigs in finance, tech, news and, even, Billy Joel. “And the general thrust of all those meetings or phone conversations are the same,” Stewart joked. “Basically, it’s this: ‘Jon, why are you such an asshole?'” The only meeting Stewart ever took that actually was secret was, coincidentally, with Fox News president, Roger Ailes. Stewart ridiculed suggestions the meetings were secret, saying they were ‘openly listed’ and he went through the White House entrance ‘like everybody else’. Stewart cracked he was summoned to Ailes’ office by a raven, and illustrated their chat with a clip from Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal in which a character confronts the Grim Reaper. “Was the President of the United States trying to influence or intimidate or flatter me?” Stewart asked. “My guess is, uhh-huh. From 2005 to 2011, he starred in the NBC comedy “The Office,” then left to continue a thriving film career, including his Oscar-nominated performance in the 2014 drama “The Foxcatcher.” — Ed Helms (2002-2006). In fact, in my entire tenure here of being yelled at by some very influential and powerful people — and Billy Joel — only with one of those people has a phone call ever ended with, quote, ‘This conversation never happened.

And if you say it did, I’ll deny it.'” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. But I can say that he had forceful arguments, they were arguments that we knew would be heard and deserved to be answered.’ But Stewart urged viewers to give the South African comedian a chance, saying he was ‘an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual’ who would earn viewers’ respect. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Along with comic TV appearances, he has been a regular on the dramas “The Bedford Diaries” and “Jericho,” as well as on the current HBO comedy “The Brink.” FILE – In this April 27, 2015 file photo, Aasif Mandvi arrives at the LA Premiere of “The D Train” in Los Angeles.

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