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Jon Stewart Comes for Indiana, Memories Pizza, and 'Religious Liberty' Bills: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart finally took a look at the bigoted goings-on in Indiana last week and the news bytes featuring various wingnuts surrounding it, particularly those who compared gay loving couples to a hate group.

It's been a while since I've taken the SATs but I believe the formulation as you defend yourselves sas this. This couple (photo of lesbian couple Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon) is to Christian business as these folks (shows photo of KKK members) are to everyone else. 'I'm not discriminating. I have nothing against gay people. I'm just saying that to Christians, catering an elderly lesbian wedding is like making a Jew slow-dance with Hitler. That's all I'm saying.' Do you see how f--ked up that is???"

Finally, Stewart took a look at the motherlode of cash ($842,000+) Memories Pizza received in a GoFundMe campaign after they announced they would refuse to cater a gay wedding.

Daily Show senior correspondent Jordan Klepper went to Indiana and he's going to open a few businesses there - Recollections Pizza, and Deja Vu Meatballs. He's looking to cash in on the bigotry!

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Comedy Central Defends Trevor Noah Amidst Backlash Over Offensive Jokes

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Comedy Central has come out in support of its Daily Show successor Trevor Noah following a wave of public criticism in response to a handful of the comedian’s resurfaced tweets. Comedy Central caught fans of its popular satirical news show off guard earlier this week when it announced that Noah, a young South African comedian, would be replacing Jon Stewart in the hosting chair later on this fall. Though Noah contributed to the show in the past, his landing the gig surprised many, but was initially met with congratulations from big-name comics like Chris Rock.

As people began to delve into Noah’s past in the hours following the announcement, the pendulum began to swing in the other direction. Noah’s been a Twitter user since 2009 and in the time since then he’s made his fair share of questionable tweets. In particular a number of his tweets making jokes about women and Jewish people have drawn public scorn, prompting many to question why Comedy Central didn’t vet him more thoroughly.

Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!

— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 18, 2009

South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful.

— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) June 2, 2010

Noah quickly responded via Twitter, imploring people not to judge by a small selection of his tweets that--while offensive--were meant as jokes.

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” a Comedy Central representative shared in a statement. “To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.”

For all the outrage leveled at Noah for his old jokes, there were some critics who were unsurprised at the tone of his humor. Writing for the Washington Post Wendy Todd points out that the bulk of Noah’s non-Daily Show material has revolved around lampooning race to varying degrees of success. In particular, Todd notes, Noah’s known for his critical commentary about black American culture that, for some, comes across as stereotypical and hostile.

Listen to Wendy Todd’s analysis of Trevor Noah in a panel hosted by Don Lemon AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t Mediaite)

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Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart as Host of 'The Daily Show': VIDEO

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Trevor Noah, a South African comic who made his debut as a contributor in December, will succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, the NYT reports:

The network’s selection of Mr. Noah comes less than two months after Mr. Stewart, 52, revealed on Feb. 10 that he was leaving “The Daily Show” after a highly successful 16-year run that transformed the show into authoritative, satirical comedy on current events. (An exact timetable for Mr. Stewart’s departure has not been decided, Comedy Central said.)

...The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to “The Daily Show.” It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart’s endorsement.

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Mr. Stewart added that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

Watch a short reel of Noah's work, AFTER THE JUMP...

Tweeted Noah after the announcement: "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

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Jon Stewart Knows Where the Hogwarts Sorting Hat is Sending Ted Cruz: VIDEO

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On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart heralded the arrival of Texas Senator Ted Cruz to the 2016 Presidential race, taking a look at his announcement spectacle at Liberty University, including Cruz's kissing and waving practice session, the Rand Paul t-shirts that showed up, and Cruz's "weirdly third-person autobiography."

And, of course, when he demanded the audience break all the rules.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart Slams Anti-Gay License To Discriminate Bills: VIDEO

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On The Daily Show last night, host Jon Stewart dug into the recent rise in so-called "religious freedom" bills that would, contrary to how they are depicted by their advocates, enshrine into law a person's right to discriminate against LGBT people. Stewart skewered every aspect of the right's most recent backlash to the spread of marriage equality. Stewart quipped that this new spate of legislation is really about "protecting the real victims of discrimination", that is to say Christian florists, a group "who gladly do business with all manner of divorced, non mother and father honoring, covetous, name of the Lord in vein taking adulterers." Everyone, that is, except a gay couple wanting a pair of boutonnieres.

And what about the names for some of these anti-gay laws, like Arkansas' "Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act"? Apparently the "Against Gross Gay People Act" was a little too obvious.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma is looking to replace a civil institution, marriage, with a religious one. A practice that is know in some parts of the world as sharia law, as Stewart points out. 

And as for the right's uproar over which bathroom transgender people must use? As Stewart says, "nothing says limited government like micro-managing transgender bathroom use."

Watch Stewart in all his glory, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart Thrashes Hillary Clinton Over Single Device, Email Excuses: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart had it out with Hillary Clinton's Tuesday press conference in which she tried to explain to the media why she was using a private email address, wanted a single device, and why she deleted 30,000 emails. He also enjoyed a bit of ice cream.

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