Jon Stewart covered the Olympic
bids closely on his terrific comedy/news series The Daily Show.
He also spent time here recently filming Death To Smoochy with
Robin Williams and director Danny DeVito. At Montreal's Just For
Laughs fest, Stewart and Jim Slotek discussed the vibe of the
little world-class city that could(n't).
THE SUN: When you returned to the show you told your viewers
you had the impression you could kick Canada's ass.
JON STEWART: (Scratching
his chin pensively) I think I could, yeah.
THE SUN: So what was your impression of Toronto?
STEWART: I've said this before, and I mean no disrespect,
but I do believe Toronto is a city that has ordered the tuna melt
and was brought a fish sandwich and said, "Ah, that's okay,
we'll eat it anyway." There's a sense that whatever we get,
we'll get, so we'll continue to go along and find some pride in
the fact that, y'know, we're awfully pleasant and quite diverse.
I mean, what is there to compare it to?
THE SUN: I don't know, maybe Chicago with healthier food.
STEWART: It's like Chicago without the insane vibe. The
big difference is, when you go to Chicago, people aren't concerned
with whether you like it or not. They don't say, "You're
not from Chicago? Well, it's pretty nice, right?"
THE SUN: Hey, we're new at this. It's only the last 10
years or so everybody's been dropping by to film movies of the
STEWART: It's interesting. Y'know, there's an awkward pride
I'm not sure how to take. You didn't stand a chance on the Olympic
thing -- look what you were up against. You wanna go, "Y'know
what? You're a good lookin' city. Don't worry what everybody thinks.
Go out there and you knock 'em around."