Jon Stewart Returns to “The Daily Show”By: Erika Watts - September 5, 2013
What’s scarier than seeing Miley Cyrus act sexually inappropriate with a foam finger at the MTV VMAs? Seeing a 50-year-old man in a tank top impersonate that act. As disturbing as it had to be for Jon Stewart’s coworkers to see that up close and personal, Stewart made his return to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in hilarious fashion.
After taking a 12-week hiatus from “The Daily Show” to work on his personal project “Rosewater,” Stewart returned to his post on Tuesday night, relieving temporary replacement John Oliver from his duties. While “Daily Show” fans had a lot of love for Oliver, there is no doubt they were ready for Stewart’s return.
Once Stewart was able to find his old persona in the dressing room and not those of Cyrus and Adolf Hitler, he returned to the set to an enthusiastic audience. “I’ve missed you so much–you don’t know what it’s like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid f****** thing you do!” Stewart told his audience.
After all of the obligatory “Stewart’s return” comments were made, Stewart launched into the meat of the show, which dealt with the conflict with Syria. Even though Stewart made a few jokes about the situation, it was a struggle for the funny man to keep things light considering the seriousness of the situation. “I came back to a dark, dark place,” Stewart said. “We have to bomb Syria because we’re in 7th grade, and the red line that they’ve crossed is actually a d–k-measuring ribbon.” Stewart followed up his comments with a straight-laced interview with the Jordan United Nations Refugee Agency head, Andrew Harper.
While the show may have been a little more serious than some fans of the mock news show expected for Stewart’s first night back, the show saw a huge ratings boost with his return. The show had just over 2 million viewers on Tuesday night, which was an increase of 24 percent over the average for the year.