Review: Jon Stewart brings sharp political wit to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
Florida was squarely in Jon Stewart's crosshairs when he came to Clearwater Saturday night for two shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall. But of course, The Daily Show host spent much of the evening ripping the rest of society, national politics and more.
Eric Deggans was in the house, and he writes:
Entering to wild applause from the capacity crowd of 2,054 people, Stewart cut a different figure than Daily Show fans might expect. Clad in khaki pants and a black sweatshirt, he left the suit and tie back in New York City, offering a show that sometimes dipped into bits aired previously on the show, but with new life on stage.
Comparing Vice President Joe Biden to an Amway salesman, Stewart wondered how a Democratic Party that got a guy named Barack Hussein Obama elected president couldn't pass a tax increase on millionaires that everybody supported — "except, you know, people who make over a million dollars a year."
The comic was equally mystified how media could treat former Vice President Dick Cheney with deference "when he's been wrong about everything for eight years" from weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to how long the war there would last.
"Try that where you work," he cracked. "Be wrong at your job for eight years, then toward the end of it, shoot an old man in the face by mistake. See how long you last."
Photo (not from Saturday's show): Getty Images