Watch Jon Stewart Hit a WWE Wrestler With a Chair

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A grizzled, white-bearded Jon Stewart appeared Sunday night at a WWE fight in Brooklyn, N.Y. for a cameo more raucous than most moments on the comedian’s 16-year-long show.

“Let me tell you the difference between politics and what you’re going to see tonight,” Stewart said during his introduction as he worked up the audience. “WWE performers you’re going to see tonight, they respect their audience.”

After riling up the crowd and introducing wrestlers including John Cena, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and Sheamus, Stewart went backstage for the fights.

But during a match between Cena and Seth Rollins for World Heavyweight champion, Stewart ran out with the lethal weapon of the WWE, the chair. Prowling the ring like a caged comedian, Stewart eyed the two wrestlers before hitting Cena with a chair. Rollins won the match.

“I’ve spent the last 16 years talking about politics,” Stewart said earlier when he introduced the WWE wrestlers. “It’s nice to be back in reality.”


Steve Carell

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One of two participants in the long-running “Even Stevphen” debate sequence, Carell graduated to a career in episodic TV with a Golden Globe-winning role on NBC’s The Office. While on that series, he began a movie career, which hit a new peak this year when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Foxcatcher — one that took subtle advantage of his comic timing.

Stephen Colbert

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The other Steve who loved debating in the early years of Stewart’s tenure, Colbert was installed in the post-Stewart timeslot in fall 2005. As Colbert developed his showily ignorant character over time, he came to overshadow Stewart in some aspects; in 2013, The Colbert Report (both terminal T’s are silent) broke The Daily Show‘s streak in the Best Variety Series category at the Emmys, and the series won again in 2014. Colbert preceded his onetime boss in leaving Comedy Central, but his future plans are definite: He’s to replace David Letterman on CBS’s Late Show this year.

John Oliver

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Another Stewart acolyte to enter the late-night arena, Oliver did so well as a guest host while Stewart was on hiatus filming his directorial debut Rosewater that Oliver was offered his own show. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, on HBO, routinely sets the internet on fire on Monday mornings with Oliver’s impassioned monologues on subjects he deems under-covered by the U.S. media.

Larry Wilmore

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The onetime “senior black correspondent” on The Daily Show, Wilmore has gotten great reviews in the early going of The Nightly Show, his 11:30 p.m. show on Comedy Central. Even without Stewart as a lead-in, it’s easy to imagine Wilmore continuing to attract positive attention for his frank panel conversations about little-discussed issues.

Kristen Schaal

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The loopy correspondent bolstered her comedy credentials with spots on The Daily Show beginning in 2008; she went on to a role on 30 Rock and today, she’s perhaps the most popular voice actor on Fox’s animated series Bob’s Burgers.

Olivia Munn

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Her brief stint on The Daily Show, beginning in 2010, was controversial at the time given the star’s pedigree as the host of the silly G4 series Attack of the Show!, but Munn proved her mettle. She works consistently as a movie actress to this day, and was among the standouts on HBO’s controversial drama The Newsroom.

Michael Che

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His time on The Daily Show was brief — just a few months in 2014 before he was announced as the new co-anchor of Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” segment. But his appointment proved just how porous the comedy world had become: As though anyone needed reminding, it was newly clear that The Daily Show was making stars. Ongoing debate over whether Che is right for the “Weekend Update” spot has gone on to prove that in many cases, Stewart’s format is a great end in and of itself.

Jessica Williams

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Williams looks to be the latest breakout star from Stewart’s Daily Show. The speculation that she’d take the post-Daily Show spot was so intense that the star, known for her sharp commentary on feminist issues, addressed it on her personal blog. Even without a show of her own, Williams has emerged as a generationally defining star, recently appearing on the cover of Wired — likely her first magazine cover of many.

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