Friday, November 21, 2014

Jon Stewart Offers to Have a Talmud Discussion with Stephen Colbert

ON LAST NIGHT'S EPISODE OF The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert finally had his good friend and former boss Jon Stewart as a guest on the successful Comedy Central show.

Jon Stewart (née Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz) came on Colbert's show to promote his new movie, Rosewater, and explained that behind closed doors he only quotes rabbinical texts.

"I am merely an arbiter of biblical law," he said. And then he offered to have a Talmudic discussion with his friend Stephen Colbert.

Although Jon Stewart is a producer of The Colbert Report and helped launch the pseudo spin off of his own The Daily Show, he had never been a formal guest on the Colbert Report until last night. (Stewart had made cameo appearances in the past.)

Stephen Colbert, who is not Jewish, has been tapped to take over hosting duties on The Late Show when David Letterman retires at the end of the year. Colbert only has 12 more episodes of the Report remaining this year.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
Before Colbert gave Stewart a chance to pitch Rosewater -- the story based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari -- the two demonstrated their special chemistry, which has been called a loving bromance. At the end of the interview, each man kissed the other on the cheek.

Here's the video of the exchange:




Rabbi Jason Miller is the co-founder of PopJewish.com blog. Rabbi Jason's an entrepreneur, educator, technologist and blogger. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Time.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RabbiJason.