“So I grew a beard because everybody who quits a talk show grows a beard,” Stewart, 52, said during a stand-up gig at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
“Mine is white. … I look old, right? It’s f—ing weird, right?” the comedian quipped. “Because when you’re on television they do makeup and the lighting is just right and you’re wearing a nice suit and everything – and now you’re seeing me as I normally am.”
“When people see me on the street, they always have the same reaction,” Stewart continued on Saturday, before recounting the hilarious way people react to his new scruff: “When I’m not in my makeup and my show clothes and all that stuff: ‘Oh, hey are you Jon Stewart?’ And I go ‘Yeah.’ ‘Are you okay? Because it looks like you have hepatitis.’ ‘I’m just old.’ ”
All jokes aside, Stewart admitted he’s been content since leaving the anchor seat: “People ask me if I miss it and honestly, I don’t miss it at all. Because think about work, man. … No matter how much you like work, there’s nothing better than not work.”
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