Nothing could be a more harmonious wrap-up to the events of this week than this clip from woah back in nineteen94, which, in case you forgot just how old we are, was SIXteen years ago. It’s the now semi-legendary Conan interview on The Jon Stewart Show.
There we sat in line for The Daily Show on Tuesday, where the predominant conversation topic throughout much of the line was the shitty ouster of Conan at NBC, and moderate discussion of trying to find an actual Team Leno member so as to dissect their brain and understand how their mal humours interact.
I was planning to write about our recent adventures at The Daily Show, but turns out Dave already did. And since he’s one of the stars of the story, I’ll let him tell of the rise to inside-first-joke-with-Jon-Stewart fame.
Now or never. I pointed to the tripod. “I was just curious, has anyone in the crew ever tried to convert that thing into a trebuchet.” My friends laughed and we waited for an answer.
“Wait a what? What the hell is a trebuchet?”
“It’s a catapault. Well it’s a little different, but it’s a catapault.”
From there it became the perfect forum to watch two Jews argue as Stewart remained perplexed and I gestured wildly at the tripod, tried to explain that JP had just taught me the word and attempted anything else to hold my own and get my point across that we had been talking about trebuchets before the show.
“Right, but what’s so special about a French catapault?” Stewart finally asked.
JP came in with an awesome save. “It surrenders more easily.”
The audience laughed, Stewart laughed, pointed at her and said “You’re hired.” Take that, job guy!
A couple more questions were asked before Stewart walked over to his desk, and some kind of director or something gave us the countdown to cheer wildly. He hit one, the theme music hit and everyone went wild. Then, this happened: