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Jon Stewart Returned to Stand-Up at the Comedy Cellar Last Night


After delivering an aggressive defense of his “secret” meetings with President Barack Obama during last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart headed over to the Comedy Cellar in New York’s West Village, where he ended up performing his first true stand-up set in years.

Rory Albanese, The Daily Show’s former executive producer who recently left to run The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, took credit for convincing his former boss to go out on the town and ultimately get up on stage, even though he had to follow the show’s other unannounced guest, Louis C.K.:


Also in attendance was The Comic’s Comic blogger Sean McCarthy who shared some details from the impromptu performance Thursday morning. “It’s been 20 years!” Stewart reportedly said from the stage, though club owner Noam Dworman subsequently claimed it had been more like 10. When Stewart got off the stage after about 10 minutes of jokes, he could be heard saying, “I could do this again.”

McCarthy even managed to sneak a photo of Louis C.K. and Stewart hanging out before the show:

Oh, what a night.

A photo posted by Sean L. McCarthy (@thecomicscomic) on


Ahead of his final episode a week from tonight, The Daily Show recently released a compilation video of Stewart answering questions from audience members before the show. Asked about a potential return to stand-up, he said, “That’s how I started and that’s — I’m sure that’s how I will end.”

Watch video below, via Comedy Central:

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