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The Hollywood Reporter Unveils Comedy Class of 2013

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    Stephen Colbert Jon Stewart Indecision 2008 - H 2012
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    Colbert, left, and Stewart
    'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' Writers
    Satire Stars

    During a brutal election cycle ripe with material, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report rose to the occasion, producing unrivaled political satire that kept them firmly ensconced as the Nos. 1 and 2 late-night programs among viewers 18-to-49. THR asked the staff of each show to pick its favorite segments of the past year:

    Tim Carvell, Daily Show supervising producer, selected its dissection of Republican National Convention speakers — whose collective message, said Stewart in the segment, was that President Obama had turned America into “a blighted socialist hellscape where jack-booted thugs lock you up for thinking about Christmas.” Then there was Clint Eastwood and his empty chair. “We made the Eastwood moment into a piece about how the Republican Party had been campaigning against a Barack Obama that only they could see,” says Carvell. “Plus, it had one of our all-time favorite over-the-shoulder titles: ‘The Old Man and the Seat.’ ”

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    Colbert’s staff selected its host’s rebuttal to Donald Trump’s overhyped “October surprise,” an offer to donate $5 million to Obama’s favorite charity in return for the release of his college applications and other records. Colbert turned the tables with a $1 million counteroffer to the charity of Trump’s choice if Colbert could “dip” a certain part of his anatomy into Trump’s mouth. “It shatters the socioeconomic paradigm of billionaire-as-hegemonic-patriarch,” the Colbert staff told THR in an e-mail from the 17-person team, “but mostly it’s our favorite because it has the word ‘balls’ in it.”

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