If you needed any proof that Jon Stewart is dying to get his Donald Trump jokes out into the world look no further than Thursday night’s 75th birthday celebration for the USO at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
With a close-cropped gray beard and baseball cap, Stewart was on hand to host the event, and his first job was to introduce Vice President Joe Biden.
“He’s always a guy that we had a lot of fun with, because, you know, he’s a guy that’s unpredictable,” Stewart said of Biden, who served as a punchline for the former Daily Show host frequently over the years.
“He’ll say whatever he kind of thinks of, whatever comes to his mind, sort of impulsive,” Stewart continued. “Sometimes, you might think to yourself, ‘That sounds crazy,’ or ‘Man, that is crazy.’ And who would have thought that now, that gets you the Republican nomination.”
A big laugh from the audience slowly morphed into a groan.
“Don’t worry, Trump’s gonna keep you busy when he’s commander-in-chief,” Stewart added, smiling. “You’re going to have to repaint all the planes with ‘TRUMP’ in big gold letters.”
When Biden took the podium, he deadpanned, “I was going to say something nice about Jon, but to hell with him.”
Later in the show, with the Bidens standing to his left and the Obamas on his right, Stewart brought out another special guest. “The gentleman who’s going to come out here and cut the ceremonial cake is honestly, for comedians, he is our Johnny Carson, he is our touchstone, he is our pope,” he said. “We’ve missed his voice on the national stage. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome David Letterman.”
With that, a heavily-bearded Letterman emerged from backstage and delivered a short speech of his own. “Sometimes the mind plays tricks on a person, especially when you get to be my age,” he said. “I was listening to the president speak, I was listening to the vice president speak, and for a split second my mind said to me, ‘Oh, that’s nice, they’re running again.’”
Any late-night comedy fans watching online today probably have similar sentiments about Stewart and Letterman.