Last night, on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart was forced to tackle an issue he hates to joke about: His friend U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) tweeting of his own penis.
Stewart and Weiner are old buddies and shared a beach house in Delaware in their younger years. For two days last week, Stewart had awkwardly dealt with the issue, but he finally broke out a proper skewering on Thursday night -- when he used a soul singer to mock Weiner and call him out on his "dodgy bulls---." Stewart even said Weiner would have to resign if found to have actually tweeted a picture of his penis.
Given that, I expected Stewart to dig into Weiner with the same comedic ferocity last night, now that Weiner had finally admitted the truth.
Instead, Stewart used the occasion to compliment Weiner's penis and pectoral size. He then ducked any further criticism of Weiner and transitioned to making fun of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
The most upsetting things to Stewart were that Weiner is "packing jumbo heat" and "ripped," he said.
"I can't believe this guy and I are the same f----- age," Stewart joked. Stewart somehow managed to turn Weiner's actions and subsequent lying into a compliment. Strange.
Stewart did some better work later in the show, with his bit about Sarah Palin's awkward explanation of Paul Revere's so-called "midnight ride."
Stewart said Palin's insistence that she didn't "mess up" by turning the history of Paul Revere's ride into a "folksy word salad" drives people "bonkers."
He pointed out that the question she criticized as a "shout-out gotcha type of question," which provoked her Paul Revere answer, was simply "What have you seen so far today and what are you going to take away from your visit?"
"It doesn't make it a gotcha question just because it got ya," Stewart said.
So Palin got a proper skewering, but Weiner didn't? A very uneven episode for Stewart.
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