Jon Stewart returns to ‘The Daily Show’ to shame Congress

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Jon Stewart Makes Surprise ‘Daily Show’ Return for 9/11 First Responders.

The former “Daily Show” host returned to his old stomping grounds — this time as a guest — to impel Congress to “end the f—ery” and reauthorize the Zadroga Act, a vital healthcare bill for 9/11 emergency responders that expired after Sept. 30. Four months after leaving The Daily Show, former host Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance on the program. “Shit, are you here to take the show back?NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show” where he made a push to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who became ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. After the 53-year-old comic assured his successor he wasn’t there to reclaim his “Daily Show” throne, he explained that the healthcare act passed by Congress in 2010 had dwindling funds — and that there was “no reason not to renew it permanently, but they did not renew it anyway.” Stewart, who has long championed the legislation, singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), speculating that he only had blocked it from moving forward as political retribution. “Sen.

Appearing on the Comedy Central show for the first time since his departure in August, Stewart told new host Trevor Noah that he had no interest in taking back the desk on a nightly basis. “I have this issue I care about very deeply and I was wondering – I want to get attention paid to it but I was realizing I don’t have a show, and nobody gives a sh– anymore. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky doesn’t give a s— about anything but politics,” Stewart said. “(He) pulled it out of the transportation bill when he didn’t get concessions about loosening oil export regulations.” The comedian played correspondent in a taped segment and accompanied first responders to Washington “to see if shame works,” confronting senators who tweeted “Never Forget” on 9/11 but failed to support the bill’s renewal — including Sen.

In most cases, the politicians hid from Stewart and the first responders “like meerkats and prairie dogs,” but Stewart warned he would sit in their offices and wait all day. “I don’t know if you know this: I don’t really have a life anymore,” he tells one aide. Oh, man, I heard about this in American TV!” The bearded, casually dressed Stewart (which has become something of a new uniform for him over the past few months) reassured Noah that his job was safe. The trip wasn’t totally futile, however: Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, promised to sign the bill after meeting with first responders. “So maybe shame does work,” Stewart said.

To his dismay, only one man, Kenny Specht, returned to continue the discussion, as one person (operating engineer John Devlin) has since died, and the other two were unable to attend due to illness. The retired comic’s return got the punny hashtag trending nationwide and won a warm reception on Twitter, with users lauding it as “powerful” and “a staggering piece of TV.” Two weeks ago, it seemed apparent that the AFC belonged to the New England Patriots, and that everyone else was flailing about in a meaningless dance for second place. So: Thank you, Patsies, for wetting yourselves in consecutive games – most recently, and in a stupendous surprise, against the craptastic Philadelphia Eagles – and making things ever so interesting in the process. There’s a sizable gap between the aforementioned trio of 10-2s and the AFC’s other “contenders” for the Super Bowl, who by conventional standards wouldn’t seem to have much chance of contending at all.

They were forget-the-record good, outgaining the Colts 522 yards to 240 in a display that should’ve reminded everyone of the talent that exists on this squad. Ben Roethlisberger, still crushing it in his 12th season in the league, completed 24 of 39 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. Brown – as good a player as there is in the NFL – provided the highlight of the night at the conclusion of his glorious punt return, when he launched himself, for reasons understandable only to him, testicles-first into the thankfully padded goalpost stanchion. Two-time Super Bowl winner Roethlisberger, who has missed four games this season due to injury, again showed why he is an elite quarterback regardless of reputation.

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