The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 13 Episode 44

Nathan Lane

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Apr 07, 2008 on Comedy Central
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Tonight, actor and star of David Mamet's new play called November, Nathan Lane. Jon begins tonight's show with the Olympic torch's trip to China which included various protesters trying to put the flame out. Luckily, the French police put the flame out themselves before any protester could. Next, the remaining presidential candidates try to separate themselves from the pack by taking advantage of Martin Luther King Jr's recent assassination anniversary in a segment called "got mlk?" Finally, Congress' hearings on the internet's virtual world environment called Second Life where apparently terrorists use to recruit and simulate terrorist acts in a segment called "Avatar Heroes".Senior Virtual Correspondent Rob Riggle reports live from this virtual environment and reports on the hearing.moreless

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      • Jon Stewart: This [Congressional hearings] seems like an incredible waste of time and money unless there was some way to tie it to the greatest threat facing our nation today…
        (Shows Hearing Clip featuring Rep. Harman)
        Rep. Jane Harman: Islamic militants are suspected of using Second Life, the internet virtual world, to hunt for recruits and mimic real-life terrorism.
        Jon Stewart: I don't believe you! Look, nobody doubts that terrorists use the internet but I don't think Osama Bin Laden is in the basement of his mom's cave creating jihad-friendly Second Life avatars.

      • Jon Stewart: Virtual world hearings! It's official. Congress has given up on the actual world. They're holding hearings on worlds that don't really exist. The topic of the hearing was a game called Second Life. It's an online game for people who don't have a first one.

      • Jon Stewart: This whole spectacle completely denigrates the noble tradition of the Olympic torch journey which, by the way, was begun in 1936 by, oh this is interesting, Adolf Hitler.

      • (about Chinese/Tibetan conflict)
        Jon Stewart: The Dalai Llama will crush you!

      • Jon Stewart: Someone, before the show, handed me this. It appears to be some type of Jewish top with some kinds of gibberish on the sides of it. And you spin it, the kids spin it. And, when it lands, they all go, "Yeah." I can't believe this couldn't compete with Christmas. It's so much fun. I can't believe someone would choose Santa Claus over this. (Shows Stewart spinning dreidal.)

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      • When mocking French patrolmen on rollerblades, Stewart segues into a clip, featuring people at a roller derby. This clip is from the Olivia Newton John film Xanadu.

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