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#1 Posted by ch3burashka (6087 posts) -

He seems to think that staring at the camera for an extended period of time after cracking wise and waiting for the audience to supplement with awkward laughter is a right hoot. It was funny twice.

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#2 Posted by EveretteScott (1649 posts) -

I find comedic pauses funny.

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#3 Posted by Synaptic (313 posts) -

Everyone has their own thing. I don't like watching his show, but basically the face is a signal that the joke is over and it's time to laugh. Even if you find something funny, you're not likely to just bust out laughing right? It keeps the audience involved and prevents the need for stuff like a "laugh now" sign.

That said, Stewart is kind of lame. Colbert is much funnier.

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#4 Posted by erhard (493 posts) -

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

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#5 Edited by Kidavenger (4168 posts) -

THE INTERNET

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#6 Posted by twigger89 (360 posts) -

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

Uhh I find Jon Stewart funny. I find his combination of political satire and dumb jokes to be entertaining and enjoy watching him do his shtick.

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#7 Posted by TooWalrus (13391 posts) -

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

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#8 Edited by SharkEthic (1091 posts) -

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

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#9 Posted by MattyFTM (14804 posts) -

I find Jon Stewarts pauses to be very Laurel & Hardy-like. And Laurel & Hardy were comedic geniuses, so there are certainly worse things he could be doing.

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#10 Posted by Korolev (1800 posts) -

I used to like Jon Stewart - back when he was drier, more sarcastic and less "funny-faces" and "meme-jokes". I think Colbert has surpassed him in every way. He needs to go back to how he was during the '05-'06 period when he was at his height.

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#11 Edited by Humanity (16207 posts) -

I find him pretty good most of the time but like any routine that goes on for extended periods of time the effect lessens exponentially as the show keeps on truckin. I find him funniest when he's simply making intelligent observations rather than making funny voices or faces. He's an intelligent guy and doesn't need to play up the crowd nearly as much.

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#12 Posted by Zzzleepy (166 posts) -

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

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#13 Posted by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

I haven't watched regularly since 2008 (because I prefer a Daily Show that is critical of government), but I don't remember him overdoing it then.

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#14 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5568 posts) -

Don't forget old French Stewart.

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#15 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7008 posts) -
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

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#16 Edited by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

@i_stay_puft: French Stewart's gimmick is never opening his eyes.

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#17 Edited by AlexanderSheen (5150 posts) -
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

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#18 Posted by rahulricky (288 posts) -

I love the idea that a drawn out comedic pause is somehow specifically Jon Stewart's gimmick, and not a thing that loads of comedians do and have done for donkeys years.

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#19 Posted by ch3burashka (6087 posts) -

I haven't watched regularly since 2008 (because I prefer a Daily Show that is critical of government), but I don't remember him overdoing it then.

He has a lot of fodder nowadays, and he's not pulling punches.

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#20 Posted by jimmyfenix (3941 posts) -

Jon Stewart = Good guy

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#21 Posted by forkboy (1584 posts) -

I haven't watched regularly since 2008 (because I prefer a Daily Show that is critical of government), but I don't remember him overdoing it then.

I know Stewart is clearly a liberal, but that really doesn't stop him from pulling punches every time the Obama regime does dumb shit. He's spent a lot of time eviscerating how they fucked up the whole Obamacare website launch to a point where the mainstream news channels were doing a lot of "this has been so bad that EVEN Jon Stewart has been criticising Obama". Which is a dumb comment from people who haven't paid much attention to his many critiques of a far from perfect government.

So yeah, I still like and enjoy The Daily Show. I also like the use of comedic pauses. So hey. There you go.

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#22 Edited by OneKillWonder_ (2357 posts) -

Jon Stewart is a fucking legend. I won't stand for this filth.

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#23 Posted by Pocky4Th3Win (154 posts) -

Love The Daily Show, DVR every episode and watch every episode. I do wish they would have given John Oliver a show on CC with Colbert and Stewart. Would have made a great Trilogy of Comedy Gold.

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#24 Edited by Krullban (1471 posts) -

@themanwithnoplan said:
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

Me too, and now I find the original post in this quote tree to be funny.

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#25 Posted by Veektarius (6101 posts) -

I actually prefer Stewart to Colbert - for whatever reason Colbert's act comes off as more dismissive to opposing points of view - or maybe the points of view he attacks are more legitimate (in my mind) than the easier targets the Daily Show usually chooses.

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#26 Posted by Capum15 (5696 posts) -
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

My feelings are similar; I enjoy both shows though Colbert does seem to be more funny more often.

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#27 Posted by StarvingGamer (11360 posts) -

@krullban said:

@alexandersheen said:
@themanwithnoplan said:
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

Me too, and now I find the original post in this quote tree to be funny.

I'm Spartacus!

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#28 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@krullban said:

@alexandersheen said:
@themanwithnoplan said:
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

Me too, and now I find the original post in this quote tree to be funny.

I'm Spartacus!

NONE OF YOU ACTUALLY FIND ANY OF HIS MATERIAL FUNNY. YOU'RE JUST CONFORMISTS. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!? OR ARE YOU THAT MUCH IN DENIAL!?

(Is the counterpoint I pulled out of my ass.)

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#29 Edited by Colourful_Hippie (5710 posts) -

@humanity said:

I find him pretty good most of the time but like any routine that goes on for extended periods of time the effect lessens exponentially as the show keeps on truckin. I find him funniest when he's simply making intelligent observations rather than making funny voices or faces. He's an intelligent guy and doesn't need to play up the crowd nearly as much.

Yeah, I feel the same way, although I like Colbert more now.

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#30 Edited by BaneFireLord (3218 posts) -

I haven't watched regularly since 2008 (because I prefer a Daily Show that is critical of government), but I don't remember him overdoing it then.

He's been far, far more critical of government as of late (at least to my eyes). Might be worth checking out again if you've been off the wagon for a while.

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#31 Posted by RazielCuts (3269 posts) -

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

Isn't this generally why laugh tracks were invented, so everyone knows when to laugh at the jokes? A lot of American TV does this and it can drive me bananas at times.

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#32 Posted by jclane (427 posts) -

I mean he's no Hal Jordan.

Yeah, I know that's John Stewart, not Jon Stewart.

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#33 Edited by afabs515 (1737 posts) -

@starvinggamer said:

@krullban said:

@alexandersheen said:
@themanwithnoplan said:
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

Me too, and now I find the original post in this quote tree to be funny.

I'm Spartacus!

NONE OF YOU ACTUALLY FIND ANY OF HIS MATERIAL FUNNY. YOU'RE JUST CONFORMISTS. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!? OR ARE YOU THAT MUCH IN DENIAL!?

(Is the counterpoint I pulled out of my ass.)

Hand raised. But I agree that Colbert is funnier most of the time.

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#34 Posted by ZolRoyce (1619 posts) -


Isn't this generally why laugh tracks were invented, so everyone knows when to laugh at the jokes? A lot of American TV does this and it can drive me bananas at times.

I haaaaaaate laugh tracks, there are some shows I genuinely like that I have trouble watching because of those annoyances, dvds and blu-rays should all come with a 'laugh track disabled' option.

Anyways, I agree that Stewarts gimmicks can bug me some time but I still generally like him and Colbert.
Bill Maher does the same thing as Stewart does too, the "Oh I made a funny, so I'm going to scrunch my face and hold for the laughs" and it's annoying there too, but I'd much rather watch any of these three guys over some other new sources that are just garbage.

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#35 Edited by ArtisanBreads (8074 posts) -

Yeah OP all good comedians talk through the punchlines of their jokes and don't let the audience respond or give emphasis to punchlines by pausing.

How's your stand up career going you must be great.

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#36 Edited by AngriGhandi (908 posts) -

The only problem with The Daily Show is that Comedy Central's web player is a goddamn abomination.

Also most of the interviews aren't really worth it. -And a lot of the correspondents' skits.

But you're almost always getting at least ten minutes of quality info-tainment at the beginning there! And I appreciate that.

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#37 Posted by psylah (2292 posts) -

I stopped watching when Craig Kilborn left.

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#38 Edited by altairre (1492 posts) -

@starvinggamer said:

@krullban said:

@alexandersheen said:
@themanwithnoplan said:
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

Me too, and now I find the original post in this quote tree to be funny.

I'm Spartacus!

NONE OF YOU ACTUALLY FIND ANY OF HIS MATERIAL FUNNY. YOU'RE JUST CONFORMISTS. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!? OR ARE YOU THAT MUCH IN DENIAL!?

(Is the counterpoint I pulled out of my ass.)

Another conformist that raises his hand in favor of the Daily Show. I have only started to watch it fairly recently so I can see how it might get old but at the moment I'm enjoying it a lot even if the quality fluctuates quite a bit.

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#39 Edited by pyromagnestir (4452 posts) -

I love The Daily Show, but I know of the moments you speak of and I can see why someone would find them annoying. They don't bother me, though.

@veektarius said:

I actually prefer Stewart to Colbert - for whatever reason Colbert's act comes off as more dismissive to opposing points of view - or maybe the points of view he attacks are more legitimate (in my mind) than the easier targets the Daily Show usually chooses.

That's because Colbert is playing a character who represents the worst of the "selfish ignorant republican blowhard" stereotype whereas Jon Stewart is just being himself, a liberal, but generally somewhat open to hear the other side out even if he thinks they're wrong.

But because Colbert's playing a character it gives him a bit more room to be funny on his own by saying and doing outrageous things, whereas Stewart and The Daily Show are funniest when the story they are covering is a funny story, like all the Anthony Wiener stuff or the Rob Ford stuff, and they get to riff on it.

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#40 Posted by Coafi (1520 posts) -

I agree with you guys. John Stewart for President.

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#41 Posted by butano (1997 posts) -

I prefer Stewart over Colbert as well, which is weird cause I was the exact opposite like 5 years ago.

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#42 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

@brodehouse: Stewart has been one of the most vocal critics of the rollout of Obamacare. The difference is that, unlike the complete morons on Fox, he's not gleefully obsessed with it's shortcomings. Just because he's liberal doesn't mean he puts up with stupidity from the left. He's always been fair when it comes to pointing out absurdities. The right just so happens to be the bigger absurdity producer since 2000.

And yeah, OP, I'm going to be honest. If you think this is a thing that Jon Stewart does, rather than a thing all comedians do, you may want to watch more good standup. Every comedian will tell you that the pause for laughter is an essential part of the comedic timing. They'll also probably personally sing praises about Jon Stewart because he really is one of the best.

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#43 Posted by Veektarius (6101 posts) -

Nah, you don't quite get what I'm saying. Of course I realize that Colbert is an act, but the act is in itself dismissive of the views he is parodying, which are not always as stupid as he makes them sound.

I love The Daily Show, but I know of the moments you speak of and I can see why someone would find them annoying. They don't bother me, though.

@veektarius said:

I actually prefer Stewart to Colbert - for whatever reason Colbert's act comes off as more dismissive to opposing points of view - or maybe the points of view he attacks are more legitimate (in my mind) than the easier targets the Daily Show usually chooses.

That's because Colbert is playing a character who represents the worst of the "selfish ignorant republican blowhard" stereotype whereas Jon Stewart is just being himself, a liberal, but generally somewhat open to hear the other side out even if he thinks they're wrong.

But because Colbert's playing a character it gives him a bit more room to be funny on his own by saying and doing outrageous things, whereas Stewart and The Daily Show are funniest when the story they are covering is a funny story, like all the Anthony Wiener stuff or the Rob Ford stuff, and they get to riff on it.

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#44 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (4107 posts) -

@altairre said:

@video_game_king said:

@starvinggamer said:

@krullban said:

@alexandersheen said:
@themanwithnoplan said:
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

Me too, and now I find the original post in this quote tree to be funny.

I'm Spartacus!

NONE OF YOU ACTUALLY FIND ANY OF HIS MATERIAL FUNNY. YOU'RE JUST CONFORMISTS. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!? OR ARE YOU THAT MUCH IN DENIAL!?

(Is the counterpoint I pulled out of my ass.)

Another conformist that raises his hand in favor of the Daily Show. I have only started to watch it fairly recently so I can see how it might get old but at the moment I'm enjoying it a lot even if the quality fluctuates quite a bit.

You guys are a bunch of goddamn sheep. Wait, who are we talking about? Jon Stewart? Oh yeah, that dudes funny I like him.

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#45 Posted by soulcake (981 posts) -

But what about laughing with republicans all the time that doesn't seem fair or does it ...

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#46 Posted by turboman (9103 posts) -

So the internet hates John Stewart now because he tries to make the occasional funny face? Ok.

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#47 Posted by UlquioKani (1372 posts) -

I find Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to be equally funny but I prefer the structure of the Daily Show with it's correspondents and stuff. I don't watch Colbert every day but I'm pretty sure he doesn't have correspondents. Both are pretty funny most of the time but even when the jokes don't hit, they are still interesting. Their delivery and presentational style makes whatever they cover, more interesting.

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#48 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

@soulcake said:

But what about laughing with republicans all the time that doesn't seem fair or does it ...

I've read this a few times and I still have no idea what it's supposed to mean.

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#49 Edited by Fredchuckdave (10207 posts) -

@altairre said:

@video_game_king said:

@starvinggamer said:

@krullban said:

@alexandersheen said:
@themanwithnoplan said:
@zzzleepy said:

@sharkethic said:

@toowalrus said:

@erhard said:

The people in the audience laugh because they're expected to laugh. Everyone around them is doing it, so they do it too.

I don't know anyone who actually genuinely finds his material funny.

I'll raise my hand and say "I enjoy The Daily Show."

I'll raise my hand right along with you. I genuinely enjoy The Daily Show a lot.

Another hand raised here. I know lots of people that enjoy it, as well.

I don't always laugh out loud at his material, but I always enjoy watching the daily show. I have more of a continuous laid back enjoyment throughout the show, rather than a moment to moment laughfest. I will say however, that I think Colbert is a lot more generally "funny".

And another hand raised.

Me too, and now I find the original post in this quote tree to be funny.

I'm Spartacus!

NONE OF YOU ACTUALLY FIND ANY OF HIS MATERIAL FUNNY. YOU'RE JUST CONFORMISTS. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!? OR ARE YOU THAT MUCH IN DENIAL!?

(Is the counterpoint I pulled out of my ass.)

Another conformist that raises his hand in favor of the Daily Show. I have only started to watch it fairly recently so I can see how it might get old but at the moment I'm enjoying it a lot even if the quality fluctuates quite a bit.

You guys are a bunch of goddamn sheep. Wait, who are we talking about? Jon Stewart? Oh yeah, that dudes funny I like him.

Yay quote pyramid. Jon Stewart was unfortunately not Prince John in Men in Tights, even though they look and sound exactly the same.

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#50 Posted by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

@fredchuckdave: Even Jon Stewart is not New York Jew-y enough to be Richard Lewis.