Jon Stewart on Paris Attack: "Comedy Shouldn't Be an Act of Courage"

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Jon Stewart and Conan O'Brien shared their thoughts on the attack in Paris that left 12 people dead at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"Very people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn't be that," said Stewart on The Daily Show on Wednesday. "Stark reminder that for the most part, the legislators and journalists and institutions we ridicule are not in any way the enemy. For however frustrating, or outraged the back and forth can become, it's still a back and forth — a conversation amongst those on, let's call it, team civilization." 

O'Brien said he and his staff at Conan were saddened for the victims and their families. 

"We take it for granted that it's our right to poke fun at the untouchable or the sacred. But today's tragedy in Paris reminds us very viscerally that it's a right that some people are inexplicably forced to die for," O'Brien said.

Watch his comments below.


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