Lucky crowd: Jon Stewart makes surprise return to standup after unannounced set by Louis CK
One lucky comedy crowd was treated to an incredible twin-billing when “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart made a surprise return to standup Wednesday night following an unannounced set by Louis CK.
Stewart accepted an invitation to go onstage at New York City’s Comedy Cellar as Louis CK tried out some new material, reported Gawker.
“Would Stewart like to go up next?” said Sean L. McCarthy, who attended the show. “Yes, it turned out. Very much so. Even if he just talked for 10 minutes, the prospect looked too juicy to pass up. Even if he was following CK. Perhaps because he was following CK. It’s fascinating to see and to know that a star goes through the same emotions before, during and after shaking off the proverbial rust of not having gone onstage as a stand-up in far too long.”
McCarthy, who writes for the Comic’s Comic website said Stewart opened by pointing it had been 20 years since he last tried standup comedy, and he closed by shouting, “I’m alive.”
Stewart, who’s stepping down next week after 17 years as host of the “Daily Show,” recently told his talk show audience that he could see himself returning to standup comedy.
“That’s how I started and that’s — I’m sure that’s how I will end,” he said. “Eighty years old, standing on stage, going ‘ah, come on!’”