Jon Stewart has gotten into a trend of having extended Daily Show interviews that get split into two parts, one that runs on television when the show airs, and one that exists only digitally onThe Daily Show’s website. These interviews occur semi-frequently, but the one consistent bit is that they’re usually with people you’d have no interest in listen to talking for 12 minutes, like Jim DeMint or Robert Reich, or as Jon Stewart himself puts it in last (Tuesday) night’s show: the guy who’s “written a book on the construction of the Pentagon.” Meanwhile, no matter how much fun an actor or comedian might be as a guest, they leave when their allotted seven minutes is over, with a quick plug of their movie, book, or cause.
So last night, I was expecting that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) would be another case of Jon and a Republican die-hard speak at cross-purposes at each other, only to find that Rubio had been held up by a Senate floor vote and that Denis Leary had been drafted into service instead.
And it didn’t disappoint. Leary and Jon immediately begin by making fun of each other, talking about Leary being confused for Willem Dafoe (and how embarrassing it must be for Dafoe when he’s confused for Leary’s part in Operation Dumbo Drop) as well as Jon’s many Jewish comedy personas.
But the best part is that at the end, Denis Learydemands Rubio’s extra web time, meaning that there’s another five minutes of Leary and Stewart riffing on each other (it begins with Jon with his feet up on the interview desk, telling Leary to “entertain us”).
You can watch Part 1 below, and then go to the website to pick up Part 2: