August 11, 2010 - Laura Linney

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Charlie Rangel addresses his ethics problems, and Laura Linney calls Jon culturally necessary.

>> Jon: THOMAS JEFFERSON!

WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW", MY

NAME IS JON STEWART, WE'VE GOT A

SHOW FOR YOU TONIGHT.

THE VERY TALENTED LAURA LINNEY

IS HERE.

WE BROUGHTER IN TONIGHT

SPECIFICALLY TO CLASS THE JOINT

UP.

(LAUGHTER)

SHE'S VERY CLASSY AND WE'RE

HOPING THAT I WILL SOMEHOW

BALANCE HER OUT AND WE'LL HAVE A

NEUTRAL PROGRAM.

VERY CLASSY AND BEARDIE

McIDIOT.

(LAUGHTER)

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT IN

WASHINGTON, D.C

IT'S OUR NATION'S CAPITAL.

FOR THE LAST 18 OR SO MONTHS

BARACK OBAMA'S BEEN THE

PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATS HAVE

CONTROLLED BOTH HOUSES OF

CONGRESS.

PURELY BY COINCIDENCE, THAT'S

THE EXACT SAME AMOUNT OF TIME

THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE EXPRESSED

A NEWFOUND CONCERN FOR OUR

NATION'S FINANCIAL STABILITY.

(LAUGHTER).

>> SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL.

>> WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DEFICIT

THIS YEAR $1.8 TRILLION.

>> PEOPLE ARE AGHAST.

>> THEY'RE SCARED TO DEATH ABOUT

THE FUTURE FOR THEIR KIDS AND

THEIR GRAND KIDS.

>> GENUINELY WORRIED ABOUT THEIR

CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN BEING

CRUSHED.

>> Jon: THE DEFICIT WANTS TO

SKULL [NO AUDIO] YOUR MOTHER!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

IT WANTS TO EAT YOUR CHILDREN!

AFTER IT SHOWS YOUR WIFE A LEVEL

OF PHYSICAL PASSION YOU'VE NEVER

BEEN ABLE TO GIVE.

(LAUGHTER)

IT'S A POWERFUL DEFICIT IS WHAT

I'M SAYING.

WELL, THERE IS GOOD NEWS FOR

CONCERNED REPUBLICANS.

YOUR PRAYERS TO THE GOD OF

UNCRUSHED CHILDREN HAVE BEEN

ANSWERED.

>> YOU SEE, GEORGE BUSH'S

MASSIVE TAX CUTS ARE THE

SINGLE-LARGEST CHUNK OF OUR

STRUCTURAL BUDGET DEFICIT.

WERE THE TAX CUTS TO EXPIRE, THE

BUDGET DEFICIT WOULD INSTANTLY

SHRINK BY ABOUT 30%, OR MORE

THAN $300 BILLION.

>> Jon: THAT 3D ANIMATRONIC

VERSION OF FAREED SAA CAR YA IS

RIGHT.

HANDSOME.

LETTING THE BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE

SHRINK IT IS DEFICIT BY 30%.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, THE BUSH

TAX CUTS ARE SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE

AT THE END OF 2010, THE VERY

YEAR REPUBLICANS HAVE EXPRESSED

CONCERN ABOUT DEFICIT REDUCTION.

I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES

TOGETHER!

>> LET'S EXTEND THE TAX CUTS.

>> LET'S GO WITH KENT CONRAD'S

PLAN AND EXTEND THE TAX CUTS FOR

TWO YEARS.

>> I AM NOT FOR RAISING TAXES ON

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

>> WE CAN NOT ALLOW OR EVEN TALK

OF RAISING TAXES RIGHT NOW.

>> Jon: OH MY... DO THEY NOT

REALIZE THAT THE TAX CUTS

STRENGTHEN THE DEFICIT MONSTER

THAT'S GOING TO EAT OUR BABIES?

(LAUGHTER)

HOW EXACTLY CAN YOU BE FOR

DEFICIT REDUCTION AND EXTENDING

TAX CUTS?

HOW THE DO THOSE TWO

DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED THOUGHTS

EXIST IN THE SAME PARTY

PLATFORM.

>> THEY KNOW WE HAVE TO EXTEND

THE BUSH TAX CUTS, THEY HAVE TO

REPEAL THE BUDGET-BUSTING BILLS

LIKE OBAMA-CARE.

>> Jon: OH, MY GOD!

SHE'S GOT THEM EXISTING IN THE

SAME SENTENCE!

(LAUGHTER)

AND I SAY TO YOU SARAH PALIN

THAT A SENTENCE DIVIDED AGAINST

CANNOT STAND.

COMMA, PERIOD, EXCLAMATION

POINT!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHY LINCOLN'S WORDS ARE IN

KENNEDY'S MOUTH...

(LAUGHTER).

NOT REALLY SURE WHY THAT

HAPPENED.

I GUESS IT'S BETTER THAN DOING

IT AS JACKIE MASON.

(AS JACKIE MASON)

WE CAN'T LET THE SENTENCE

DIVIDE...

(LAUGHTER).

HOW CAN YOU ARGUE THAT?

IT JUST... MY THINKING BEARD IS

GONE!

WELL, THE... THEY MUST HAVE AN

EXPLANATION FOR THIS.

>> YOU'RE SAYING EXTEND THE TAX

CUTS THAT AREN'T PAID FOR AND

CUT THE DEFICIT?

>> I THINK IT'S APPLES AND

ORANGES.

>> Jon: YES, YES.

IN THE SENSE THAT FOR NO

DISCERNIBLE REASON YOU LOVE

APPLES AND THINK ORANGES ARE

RUINING THE COUNTRY.

(LAUGHTER)

TAKE ANOTHER CRACK AT THIS.

WHY ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

>> THEY TALK ABOUT TAX CUTS THE

SAME WAY THEY TALK ABOUT

SPENDING INCREASES AS THOUGH THE

GOVERNMENT OWNED ALL OF THE

MONEY.

THEY SAY ARE THEY PAID FOR?

WELL, I THINK DECIDING ON A

GOVERNMENT SPENDING INCREASE IS

VERY DIFFERENT ON WHETHER OR NOT

WE ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO

KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED

TAX DOLLARS.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS

MONEY THE GOVERNMENT GETS IS

VERY IF HE WANT THAN MONEY THE

GOVERNMENT SPENDS?

OKAY.

BUT YOU'RE FOR DEFICIT

REDUCTION.

AND I BELIEVE THE DEFICIT'S

OPINION ON THAT ISSUE CAN BEST

BE SUMMED UP WITH THIS.

>> BUSINESS BAD?

[NO AUDIO], PAY ME.

YOU HAD A FIRE?

[NO AUDIO] YOU, PAY ME.

PLACE GOT HIT BY LIGHTNING, HUH?

[NO AUDIO] YOU, PAY ME.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: DEFICIT DOESN'T CARE

WHERE IT COMES FROM.

ULTIMATELY, IT BOILS DOWN TO, IN

MIKE SPENCE'S OPINION, APPLES

AND ORANGES.

AND SPEAKING OF ORANGES, WHAT

DOES HOUSE MINORITY LEADER AND

RETIRED SYRACUSE MASCOT JOHN

BOEHNER THINK IS THE ANSWER?

>> THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO

GET OUR ECONOMY GOING AGAIN AND

SO OUR BUDGET PROBLEMS IS TO GET

THE ECONOMY MOVING.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: THE ONLY WAY TO GET

OUR ECONOMY GOING IS TO GET IT

MOVING?

(LAUGHTER)

THAT IS EITHER THE MOST PROFOUND

OR MOST RETARDED STATEMENT I'VE

EVER HEARD.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

ACTUALLY... NO, WAIT.

WAIT.

IN FACT, IT'S THE MOST

PROFOUNDLY RETARDED STATEMENT

I'VE EVER HEARD

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

THAT'S THE KIND OF STATEMENT YOU

THINK WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE

PHRASE "IN BED."

(LAUGHTER)

IT MAKES... BY THE WAY, DIDN'T

THAT CAT USED TO BE ORANGE?

(LAUGHTER)

NOW HE'S LIKE A DIFFERENT

BROWNISH... EITHER HE'S GETTING

READY TO PLAY AN ININDIAN IN A

1950s WESTERN...

(LAUGHTER).

... OR JOHN BOEHNER-- AND I

BELIEVE THIS MAY BE THE CASE--

IS NOT HUMAN BUT ACTUALLY MADE

ENTIRELY OF CURED MEATS.

(LAUGHTER)

I'M SAYING.

(APPLAUSE)

YOU'RE WELCOME.

HE IS... HE IS PERHAPS SKWERBGY.

(LAUGHTER)

THE LACK OF SPES F.I.S. CITY

JUST ONE PART OF THE REPUBLICAN

ECONOMIC PLAN, NOW FIND THE

CREAMY CARAMEL NOUGATY CENTER

YOU MUST FIND THE UNDERPINNINGS

OF THE REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC PLAN.

FOR THAT, WE GO TO ONE OF THE

BRAINS OF THE OPERATION.

>> THE JOB-KILLING NATURE OF THE

OEUB/REID/PELOSI TEAM IS THE

FIRST BIG CHALLENGE WE'RE FACED

WITH AS A COUNTRY.

PART OF IT IS BECAUSE THEY DON'T

KNOW AND PART OF IT IS FRANKLY

BECAUSE THEY'RE SOCIALIST AND

THEY DON'T CARE.

>> Jon: WOW, SO TO THE PLAN TO

RETURN THE TAX RATE FOR ANY

HOUSEHOLD MAKING OVER $250,000

IN 2010 STILL LOWER THAN UNDER

RONALD REAGAN IS AN ACTIVE

SOCIALIST PLOT TO RUIN THE

ECONOMY.

AND WE ALL KNOW THERE'S ONLY ONE

WAY TO COUNTER A SOCIALIST PLOT.

>> YOU WANT TO CREATE JOBS AS

RAPIDLY AS CHINA?

THE CHINESE PAY ZERO CAPITAL

GAINS TAX.

IF WE HAD ZERO CAPITAL GAINS TAX

IN THE UNITED STATES, WE'D BE

BUILDING FACTORIES, FOUNDING

COMPANIES, CREATING JOBS.

WE'D BE DRAMATICALLY BETTER OFF.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: SO THAT'S THE

REPUBLICAN PLAN.

TO FIGHT SOCIALISM, WE MUST

SHOW.

CONGRESS IS, AS YOU KNOW, ON

RECESS ALL MONTH.

SO, SO NEEDED.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT YESTERDAY IT RECONVENED FOR

A SPECIAL EMERGENCY SESSION.

IT'S AMAZING.

THEY CAME BACK FOR A DAY DURING

THEIR SUMMER BREAK.

WHY?

>> WE'RE HERE TODAY TO EXTEND A

LIFELINE TO TEACHERS AND

CLASSROOMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

>> OUR LEGISLATION WILL SAVE OR

CREATE MORE THAN 310,000

AMERICAN JOBS.

>> SPECIFICALLY FOR TEACHERS,

POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS,

AND NURSES.

>> IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY-- AND

I THINK IT IS-- TO HELP OUR

LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS OUT,

WHAT ABOUT ME?

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: WAIT.

WHAT?

(LAUGHTER)

APPARENTLY REPRESENTATIVE

CHARLIE RANGEL, CURRENTLY UNDER

INVESTIGATION BY THE HOUSE

ETHICS COMMITTEE, FELT THAT AS

LONG AS HIS COLLEAGUES WERE

WORKING ON A VACATION DAY, THAT

MIGHT BE THE PERFECT TIME TO

GIVE A 31-MINUTE SPEECH ABOUT

HIS CURRENT ETHICS PROBLEMS.

>> I HAVE BEEN LOSING A LOT OF

SLEEP OVER THESE ALLEGATIONS.

>> Jon: REALLY?

(LAUGHTER)

YOU'VE BEEN LOSING SLEEP?

YOU KNOW, I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT

RANGEL HAS ENOUGH SLEEP STORED

UP FROM NAPPING AT THE DOMINICAN

VILLA HE ALLEGEDLY FAILED TO PAY

TAXES ON.

FOR GOD'S SAKE, THIS GUY IS LIKE

A SLEEP CAMEL.

HE STORES IT IN HIS OLD MAN

FRONT-BUTT.

(LAUGHTER)

LOOK AT THAT THING.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU KNOW, IT IS A VERY UNUSUAL

TACTIC, COMMANDEERING THE HOUSE

FLOOR LIKE THAT.

I GUESS SOMEONE TOLD RANGEL IT

WAS A GOOD IDEA.

>> WHY DID I TAKE THE FLOOR

TODAY?

I HAVEN'T FOUND ONE LAWYER THAT

SAID I SHOULD DO IT.

I HAVEN'T EVEN FOUND ONE FRIEND

THAT SAYS I SHOULD DO IT

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> Jon: (AS CHARMLY RANGEL)

THE CAB DRIVER ON THE WAY OVER

HERE SAID IT WAS POLITICALLY

INADVISABLE.

MY DOG THINK IT'S A TERRIBLE

IDEA.

I HAVE A MAGIC 8-BALL SAID

"SIGNS POINT TO NO."

SO I SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?

SCREW IT!

I'LL DO IT!

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT, FAIR

ENOUGH.

SERIOUS CHARGES AGAINST RANGEL,

I'M SURE HE'S NOT GOING TO ROLL

THE DICE LIKE IF THIS IF HE DID

NOT HAVE A CLEAR AND CONCISE

EXPLANATION.

FOR INSTANCE, WHAT IS THE DEAL

WITH THE DOMINICAN VILLA?

>> WHEN ACCUSATIONS WERE MADE, I

HIRED A FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT AND

TOLD THEM TO CHECK OUT WHAT THE

HECK IS GOING ON, THAT IF YOU'D

DONE THE RIGHT THING YOU HAD NO

LIABILITY BECAUSE THE TAXES THAT

WERE PAID TO THE DOMINICAN

REPUBLIC WOULD HAVE BEEN

DEDUCTED WITH DEPRECIATION I

WOULD HAVE NO LIABILITY.

IT WASN'T AS THOUGH SOMEONE

TRACKED ME DOWN, THE I.R.S. OR

THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

I FILED THE CORRECT PAPERS.

HAVING SAID THAT, IS THAT AN

EXCUSE THAT'S WORTHY?

OF COURSE NOT!

>> Jon: WHAT?

NO, YOU HIRED AN ACCOUNTANT!

(LAUGHTER)

WHO SAID DOMINICAN VILLAS ARE

TAX-FREE!

(LAUGHTER)

YES, THAT REALLY ISN'T A WORTHY

EXCUSE.

(AS CHARLIE RANGEL)

DID I DRIVE MY MOTOR BOAT INTO A

MAN ON WATER SKIS?

OF COURSE.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT I HIRED A DOCTOR WHO TOLD ME

HE DIED FROM DROWNING SO I...

(LAUGHTER).

... DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT, SO WHAT

ABOUT THE ACCUSATION THAT YOU

USED ONE OF YOUR FOUR

RENT-STABILIZED APARTMENTS FOR

BUSINESS PURPOSES?

>> NO ONE SAID THAT THE

APARTMENT THAT THEY CONSIDERED

TO HAD ALWAYS BEEN CONSIDERED

ONE.

AS YOUR COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND WAS

NOT SENSITIVE TO THE FACT THAT

THERE WAS APPEARANCES, THOUGH, I

WAS BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY

THAN ANY ONE ELSE.

BUT THE LANDLORD SAID HE DIDN'T

TREAT ME ANY DIFFERENTLY.

NO ONE SAID THAT THEY DID TREAT

ME DIFFERENTLY.

AND SO THAT ENDS THE APARTMENT

THING.

BUT I LEAD GUILTY OF NOT BEING

SENSITIVE.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: HE PLEADS GUILTY OF

NOT BEING SENSITIVE.

WE'RE NOT ACCUSING YOU OF NOT

CUDDLING WITH YOUR

RENT-STABILIZED APARTMENTS.

YOU'RE ACCUSED OF EXPLOITING

REPRESENT-STABILIZED APARTMENTS.

ARE THERE ALSO ALLEGATIONS ABOUT

USING CONGRESSIONAL LETTERHEAD

FOR RAISING MONEY WITH A

UNIVERSITY BUILDING WITH YOUR

NAME ON IT AND HELP THE YOU WERE

PROMISE AN OFFICE WITH THE SAME

BUILDING?

>> THE HASTE OF SENDING OUT

HUNDREDS OF LETTERS, NEVER

ASKING FOR A PENNY, THERE HAS TO

BE A PENALTY FOR GRABBING THE

WRONG STATIONERY AND NOT REALLY

DOING THE RIGHT THING.

THIS IS A BROKEN-DOWN BUILDING.

I MEAN, WHO IN THE HECK NEEDS AN

OFFICE WITH 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

IN THE CONGRESS IN A BROKEN-DOWN

BUILDING?

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

>> Jon: OKAY, THIS ONE I

UNDERSTAND, ACTUALLY.

YOU INCOMPETENTLY EXERTED YOUR

INFLUENCE IN EXCHANGE FOR A

BENEFIT YOU DIDN'T REALLY WANT?

(AS CHARLIE RANGEL)

I MEAN, SURE, THERE MAY HAVE

BEEN A QUID PRO QUO BUT THE QUID

WAS ACCIDENTAL AND THE QUO WAS

[NO AUDIO]

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: WELL, I GUESS THE

DEFENSE RESTS BUT BEFORE THE

DEFENSE REST IT HAS ONE LAST

INCREDIBLY PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE

MESSAGE.

>> I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO FEEL

EMBARRASSED, AWKWARD.

HEY, IF I WAS YOU, I MAY WANT

KNOW GO AWAY, TOO.

I DON'T REALLY THINK THAT THE

UNFAIRNESS OF THIS IS TO ME.

I DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY.

I'M THINKING ABOUT ALL OF YOU.

SUPPOSE I DO GET EMOTIONAL?

SUPPOSE I DO THINK OF MY LIFE,

THE BEGINNING AND THE END?

I'M 80 YEARS OLD, I DON'T WANT

TO DIE BEFORE THE HEARING.

BUT FOR GOD'S SAKE, JUST DON'T

BELIEVE THAT I DON'T HAVE

FEELINGS, THAT I DON'T HAVE

PRIDE.

I MEAN, DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: I NEVER THOUGHT IN MY

LIFE THAT I WOULD SEE THE GUY

WHO SERVED IN HARLEM FOR 40

YEARS AS A CONGRESSMAN MORPH

INTO AN OLD JEWISH MAN.

(LAUGHTER)

BEFORE MY VERY EYES.

(AS OLD JEWISH MAN)

I DON'T... I MEAN... I DON'T

CARE WHAT YOU DO.

I'M GOING TO DIE SOON.

(LAUGHTER)

THE REAL QUESTION IS HOW WILL

YOU LIVE WITH

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST

TONIGHT IS A TERRIFIC ACTRESS,

STARRED IN MANY GREAT FILMS,

STARRING IN SHOW TIME'S NEW

ORIGINAL SERIES "THE BIG C."

>> COME GET YOUR TESTS.

>> YOU CAN'T BE FAT AND MEAN,

ANDREA.

>> WHAT?

>> YOU HEARD ME.

YOU'RE GOING TO DISH IT OUT,

YOU'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO LICK IT

UP.

FAT PEOPLE ARE JOLLY FOR A

REASON.

FAT REPELS PEOPLE, BUT JOY

ATTRACTS THEM.

NOW, I KNOW EVERYONE'S LAUGHING

AT YOUR CRUEL JOKES, BUT

NOBODY'S INVITING YOU TO THE

PROM.

SO YOU CAN EITHER BE FAT AND

JOLLY OR A SKINNY BITCH.

IT'S UP TO YOU.

SIT DOWN.

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME LAURA

LINNEY!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> WHAT, THANK YOU.

>> Jon: THAT'S SOME SASSY

STUFF IN THERE.

>> IT'S FUN.

>> Jon: THIS IS... SO I GET

PEOPLE COME ON AND THEY HERE IN

A PROJECT AND I GET TO PITCH

WHAT'S THE PROJECT.

OH, A GREAT NEW COMEDY ON

SHOWTIME.

SHE HAS CANCER AND HER BROTHER

IS HOMELESS.

AND I WAS LIKE, OKAY, SOUNDS

FUNNY.

I CAN GO WITH THAT.

HOW DO THEY... HOW DO YOU

DELICATELY WEAVE THAT INTO A

PROGRAM LIKE THIS?

>> (LAUGHS)

WELL, WHEN IT FIRST CAME TO ME

IT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

INTERESTED ME THE MOST BECAUSE I

THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE

IMPOSSIBLE.

YOU KNOW?

IT MIGHT NOT BE... THERE'S SORT

OF A RISKY THING TO DO AND I

DIDN'T KNOW IF HE COULD F WE

COULD PULL IT OFF TO DO A SHOW

WITH A COMIC CONTEXT ABOUT A

WOMAN WHO HAS STAGE FOUR

TERMINAL MELANOMA.

AND THE MORE I...

>> Jon: YOU HAD ME AT

"MELANOMA."

(LAUGHTER).

>> I HAD YOU AT MELANOMA.

(LAUGHS)

AND THEN THE MORE I SORT OF...

THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND

THOUGHT ABOUT TIME AND THE USE

OF TIME AND WHEN TIME IS RUNNING

OUT AND YOU KNOW THAT IT'S

RUNNING OUT AND WITH FEAR AND

ANXIETY AND IF YOU'RE

THREATENED, FOR ME, ANYWAY, I

IMMEDIATELY GO TO HUMOR.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S A WAY TO

SURVIVE.

IT'S A WAY TO MAKE SENSE.

IT'S VERY MUCH SORT OF THE WAY

YOUR SHOW FUNCTIONS, ACTUALLY.

>> Jon: I WAS ABOUT TO SAY,

YOU'VE JUST MADE MY LIFE SEEM

SOMEWHAT HONORABLE.

(LAUGHTER)

THAT NEVER REALLY OCCURRED TO

ME.

>> BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT

THE VOICE OF COMEDY THAT

CLARIFIES THINGS.

YOU KNOW?

IT'S A LASER-LIKE SENSE OF

TRUTH-- IF IT'S TRUE, IF YOU

TOUCH TRUTH-- IT WILL INEVITABLY

BE SO EITHER REFRESHING OR

ASTOUNDING THAT PEOPLE WILL JUST

START TO LAUGH.

>> Jon: I MAKE A LOT OF POOP

JOKES.

(LAUGHTER).

>> YES.

WILL'S A LOT OF TRUTH IN SCAT.

>> Jon: HA THAT MAY BE THE

MOST ELOQUENT DESCRIPTION OF THE

USE OF COMEDY AS AN EXPRESSION

OF CATHARSIS OR FEELING THAT I

HAVE EVER HEARD AND I'M SUDDENLY

PROUD TO DO... BECAUSE I'M USED

TO... COMEDIANS, WE DO IT... YOU

KNOW, STRIPPERS AND THEN US.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT IT'S A NIGHTCLUB BUSINESS SO

TO HEAR IT PUT THAT WAY IT MAKES

ME FEEL LIKE, YES, THAT'S WHY I

DIDN'T GO TO MED SCHOOL!

>> YOU ARE CULTURALLY NECESSARY.

>> Jon: VERY MUCH LIKE

WHITMAN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YOU ARE.

ABSOLUTELY.

>> Jon: GO ON.

(LAUGHTER)

NO, BUT IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE

ALSO, YOU KNOW, E I FIND THAT IN

TERMS OF SUBJECT MATTER, PEOPLE

FORGET THAT IN THE DEPTHS OF

DESPAIR, COMEDY NEVER... PEOPLE

ALWAYS SAY "WHERE DO YOU DRAW

THE LINE?"

YOU SAY WELL... EVEN I'M SURE IN

THE HOLOCAUST PEOPLE IN THE

CAMPS WERE MAKING JOKES TO EACH

OTHER.

>> I'M SURE.

>> Jon: PEOPLE JOKE WHEN

THEY'RE UNCOMFORTABLE, WHEN

THEY'RE DIRE, IT'S A WAY OF

COPING.

>> IT'S A WAY OF DEALING WITH

TRUTH.

IT CAN BE SO OVERWHELMING.

IT'S LIKE THERE'S THAT FANTASTIC

GRAVESTONE THAT'S SOMEWHERE THAT

SAYS...

>> Jon: YOU DON'T HEAR THAT A

LOT EITHER.

BUT IT SAYS "I TOLD YOU I WAS

SICK."

THAT WAS THE GUY'S GRAVESTONE "I

TOLD YOU I WAS SICK."

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: ALONG THOSE LINES WHEN

MY GRANDFATHER, BEFORE HE PASSED

AWAY, THERE'S A CEMETERY AND WE

HAD HIS PLOT LAID OUT NEXT TO MY

GRANDMOTHER, APPARENTLY THEY

ENJOYED BEING TOGETHER.

AND HE WAS VERY CLEAR THAT SHE

SHOULD BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE

BECAUSE JUST TO THE LEFT A

DOCTOR WAS BURIED.

AND HE WANTED VERY MUCH TO BE

BURIED NEXT TO A DOCTOR JUST IN

CASE HE NEEDED ANYTHING.

(LAUGHTER).

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

THERE YOU GO.

THAT.

>> Jon: THAT'S WHAT HE WOULD

SAY ALL THE TIME.

"PUT HER ON THE RIGHT, I'LL GO

ON THE LEFT BY THE DOCTOR."

(LAUGHTER)

HAVE YOU MET PEOPLE NOW WHO HAVE

CANCER WHO SAY BOY, THIS IS SUCH

A REFRESHING RELIEF FOR ME?

SUCH A A CATHARSIS.

THAT'S GOT TO BE GRATIFYING.

>> IT'S VERY, VERY GRATIFYING

AND SOMETHING WE WERE ALL

HOPEFUL WOULD HAPPEN.

IT WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE IF IT

WAS THE OPPOSITE.

>> Jon: YOU CAN'T CONTROL...

IF SOME WAYS YOU CAN'T CONTROL

THAT BECAUSE ALL YOU CAN DO IS

PUT IT THROUGHOUT WITH A LITTLE

INTEGRITY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

>> YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN AND

WE HAVE A FANTASTIC GROUP OF

PEOPLE AND WE'VE HAD A REALLY

GOOD TIME WITH IT AND SO FAR

PEOPLE SEEM TO BE RESPONDING

POSITIVELY TO IT AND LAUGHING.

SO THAT'S GOOD.

>> Jon: WELL, IT'S "THE BIG

C," ON THE SAME NETWORK AS "THE

L WORD.

>> IT'S ACTUALLY "THE BIG C"

NOW.

IT WAS ORIGINALLY "THE C WORD"

AND BECAUSE OF THE "L" PROBLEM

WE WENT TO "THE BIG C".

>> Jon: YEAH.

OKAY.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

VERY, VERY NICE TO MEET YOU.

>> LOVELY TO MEET YOU AS WELL.

>> Jon: "THE BIG C" PREMIERS

ON SHOW TIME AUGUST 16 AT

>> Jon:THAT'S OUR SHOW, JOIN US

TOMORROW NIGHT.

TOMORROW NIGHT ARCADE FIRE WILL

BE IN THE STUDIO.

OR THE ARCADE FIRE.

ITUNES CAN'T MAKE UP ITS MIND.

I WILL SAY THIS, IT'S NOT THE

ARCADE FIRE BECAUSE THAT, THAT

WOULD BE STUPID.

HERE IT IS, YOUR MOMENT OF SZEP.

>> THAT'S SO SAD.

>> JUST IMPORTANT TO GO THROUGH

ALL OF THEM.

>> IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THESE

CONVERSATIONS LIKE WE T ONE WE

HAD THE PREVIOUS SEGMENT AGO

ABOUT WHAT AMERICANS NEED TO

CONSIDER IN EITHER STAYING OR

GETTING OUT OF AFGHANISTAN.

>> RIGHT.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE EVERYONE'S

BEEN TALKI

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