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This past Friday, December 7, 2012, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert spoke in Montclair, New Jersey at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival, and the crowd got some great anecdotes from both men. The duo spoke about their relationship growth and development over time. Stewart also spoke about how he took over The Daily Show from former anchor Craig Kilborn in 1999.
Stewart told the crowd that he was not going to stick with the The Daily Show at first. "What I did not realize is, a lot of the people who worked there were a**holes," he said as quoted by Third-beat. Oddly, and fortunately enough, one of the people on the show was Stephen Colbert. Baristanet notes that Stewart and Colbert seemed to have a spark and a friendly competitive bond.
Stewart and Colbert explained their beginning and evolving friendship. Moreover, how their shows are different.
Stewart explained that Colbert creatively and uniquely "deconstructs" the news, revises it, then reconstructs and redistributes it through the vantage point of his character, "Stephen Colbert." Where as he, Jon merely deconstructs the news and satirizes it. Stewart, after his explanation of the two shows structure and design, quipped to Colbert “I don’t understand how you can do all that and your hair is still dark.”
Stewart and Colbert shared other behind-the-scenes tales from the shows. Most interesting of the many shared was that the worst guest Stewart ever had on the show was Hugh Grant. Stewart comically added to the crowd, “And we’ve had dictators on the show," Stewart said he was not an amicable guest and vowed that Grant would not be invited back as a guest.
The two were also recently on The Jimmy Kimmel Show before the election doing their bit, telling stories and exchanging witty remarks. Colbert told Kimmel about his Hobbit knowledge and his possible appearance in the new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And course plugged his book "America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't."
The Daily Show is on week nights (except Fridays) at 11pm EST followed by The Colbert Report at 11:30pm EST on Comedy Central.