Jon Stewart Performs Rare Stand-Up Set at NYC's Comedy Cellar

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"I took this guy to Comedy Cellar tonight, and he couldn't resist the mic," said former 'Daily Show' executive producer Rory Albanese. "The Cellar is where it all began for Jon. This was an awesome moment."

Did Jon Stewart's post-Daily Show plans explicitly include a return to stand-up?

The exiting Comedy Central late-night host made a rare onstage appearance at the famed Comedy Cellar in New York City on Wednesday night, according to Mediaite.

Stewart's surprise performance at the West Village hangout can be attributed to former Daily Show executive producer Rory Albanese, who now runs The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore and convinced the comedian turned director to share a set. "I took this guy to Comedy Cellar tonight, and he couldn't resist the mic," shared Albanese on Instagram. "The Cellar is where it all began for Jon. This was an awesome moment."

However, the comedian had to follow another unannounced performer: Louis C.K.

"It’s been 20 years!" said Stewart onstage, according to The Comic’s Comic blogger Sean L. McCarthy. After nearly 10 minutes of jokes, Stewart exited the stage and could be heard saying, "I could do this again."

See photos from the evening below, including one of C.K. and Stewart before the show.

 

Oh, what a night.

A photo posted by Sean L. McCarthy (@thecomicscomic) on

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