Jon Stewart makes a surprise appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

The former late-night comedian has a talk with a Bar Mitzvah kid about which late-night host he should be admiring

Taylor Link
July 14, 2017 11:57AM (UTC)

Jon Stewart crashed the set of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday night. He wasn't promoting anything, or offering his political insight. He just had a few words to say to a Pennsylvania kid who recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with a Jimmy Kimmel-themed party.

Will Rubin from Media, Pennsylvania, invited Kimmel to his Bar Mitzvah, which was held in a theater where they had a replica of the late-night host's desk and his classic logo. Kimmel ultimately did not attend the party, but he did make a quick video honoring Rubin's adulthood.


Because Kimmel did not show up to the party in person, he asked Rubin to come onto the show Thursday via video chat — except he wasn't the only Jewish man to make a surprise appearance.

Jon Stewart casually walked onto stage to interrupt the budding mentor-mentee relationship.

"Hey Will, I'm Jon Stewart. I am a talk show host as well. I was years ago.  And I am a Jew," Stewart explained to the young Pennsylvania kid. "You probably had your choice idolizing any talk show host and you could have gone with a Jew is what I am saying."

Stewart asked Kimmel if he could speak with Rubin one-on-one, Jew-to-Jew, if you will.

“Don’t be fooled by his learned-looking beard and his puffy, sad eyes,” Stewart said of Kimmel, who was laughing during the entire bit. “He’s not rabbinical. He’s just unhealthy.”

"Would you rather idolize a talk show host that is also circumsize?" Stewart added. "He's not. He's still wearing his hoody."



Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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