"'Daily Show' comedian regales with tales of dogs, diarrhea and dads"
The Pitt News (U of Pittsburgh)
March 18, 2002
by Shannon McLaughlin


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 attacks.

"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."


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