Popular talk show host and stand-up comedian
Jon Stewart delivered a 100-minute whip-smart, hilarious performance
before 1,400 people Friday night at the F.M. Kirby Center for
the Performing Arts.
Stewart stood center stage most of the night
in subdued lighting occasionally wandering about and there were
no topics that were off limits.
From the Internet to politicians to gay rights
to the City of Wilkes-Barre,Stewart had a crack for them all.
Especially for Wilkes-Barre.
"What do you call that thing I walked across
today? A Square?" Stewart asked referring to the city's Public
Square.. "It looks more like a cube to me. I thought to myself
Wilkes-Barre, the only place where it's Christmas all year around,"
the comic said referring to the lighting scheme on Public Square.
"I expected to see George Bailey running through
the middle yelling," the comedian said obviously referring to
the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."
"I heard that you come to Wilkes-Barre
to stop the aging process," Stewart snapped. "Wilkes-Barre is
the only place where nothing really occurs."
Attired in a hip length leather coat Stewart
sipped from water bottles on the stage most of the night as he
wondered from prepared topics to feeding off of audience comments
or answers to his questions. Stewart seems at his best skewering
pretentious celebrities or poking fun at high profile politicos.
Stewart's glib manner and keen wit have attracted viewers for
the cable channel "Comedy Central" in droves.
Stewart's self-deprecating humor appears to
have no boundaries. The New York native has an incredibly quick
reaction to audience comments and can weave comedic tapestries
from the simplest thought.
Among his favorite targets Friday evening were
actress Bea Arthur, the Boy Scouts and Enron.
"How are they going to ever get the bottom of
the Enron thing and really investigate them?" Stewart asked. "Heck,
I even took money from Enron!" Stewart quipped.
Stewart even had parental advice. "Do you know
how you can tell if you're bad parents? If you refer to the Geneva
Convention when you're explaining something that your child has
done," Stewart said referring to the parents of American al-Qaeda
fighter John Walker Lindh.
Jon Stewart is a very intelligent, humorous
television personality and comedian. He proved Friday night that
he could deliver spontaneous, ad-lib comedic routines as well
as those he so aptly does with scripted ones.
George Carlin, I think your heir is in the house.