Saturday night, 2,000 people crammed inside
Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial and watched Jon Stewart, host
of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," imitate a dog
with diarrhea, a cat in heat and a chimpanzee.
Stewart was on campus with the "Not Quite
Kosher" event, sponsored by Hillel: Jewish University Center
and the United Jewish Federation. He was joined by relationship
expert and co-host of MTV's "Loveline," Dr. Drew Pinsky,
and "Survivor: Africa" victor, Ethan Zohn. Stand-up
comedian Joel Chasnoff opened for Stewart.
By 7:15 pm, the line to see Stewart's stand-up
performance stretched down the sidewalk in the middle of the
memorial's lawn, around the corner and to Thackeray Hall.
"It was seriously an amazing night,"
said Hillel President Brian Goldman.
Stewart joked about his Jewish background,
but also tackled non-religious topics ranging from race relations
and gays in the military to college life and Sept. 11's terrorist
"They're nothing," he said, referring
to the terrorists. "We can crush them. There's way too
many of us."
He also demonstrated what his dog sounds like
with diarrhea, the way his cat moans from the highest perch
in his apartment, and that he's not a chimpanzee -- by imitating
what he'd look and sound like if he was one.
The event, and the Sunday morning event with
Dr. Pinsky and Zohn, was made possible by a donation from the
Sanford N. Robinson Memorial Lecture Endowment Fund for the
United Jewish Federation Foundation. The Robinson family made
a grant to Hillel that Goldman says will be enough to sustain
similar events for years in the future.
Heather Robinson, Sanford's daughter, told
the audience beforehand that her father --a strident supporter
of Jewish culture -- would have approved of the event.
Stewart joked plenty about being a Jew, to
an audience that was primarily the same.
"Are we all Jews?"
When someone in the audience yelled an authoritative
"no," Stewart said, "You don't have to say it
like that. For once in your life, you're outnumbered."
He called the Pope the "most loved guy
nobody agrees with."
Stewart also appeared taken aback by the
attention he was getting from ladies in the audience. Scores
of catcalls erupted from the audience as the comedian bent down
during his routine.
"I'm like Joey Buttafuoco to you girls,"
he chastised them, remarking he was their fathers' age. "You
can't hoot at me."