Jon Stewart Analyzes Mike Huckabee's Iran Deal Comments Without Saying a Word
"We never had the balls to try that...I've been working way too hard," Stewart said of the segment later in the show.
Jon Stewart typically peppers his Daily Show episodes with strange noises and demonstrative gestures, but could he do an entire segment with just those sounds and moves?
With just two weeks left before he leaves the Comedy Central late-night show, Stewart decided to give it a shot.
On Monday night, he took on Mike Huckabee's controversial comments about the Iran nuclear deal without saying a word. Instead Stewart responded to the Republican presidential candidate saying that President Obama had agreed to a deal that "would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven," a Holocaust reference, just by making a series of sounds and gestures. Stewart's various actions included repeatedly standing up as if he was getting ready to fight someone and pulling a raised middle finger out of his jacket.
Stewart didn't even directly announce a commercial break at the end of his segment. Instead he hit a button that played a recording of him saying, "We'll be right back."
Later, Stewart explained why Huckabee left him speechless.
"For the past, I don't know, 15 or 16 years, we've had a running joke that I could really do the show without saying anything — that I could just make stupid faces and grunt — and we never had the balls to try that," he said. "With two weeks to go, we thought, 'Why not?' So that's what we did, and I realize I've been working way too hard."
Stewart's final episode of The Daily Show airs Aug. 6.