Stewart gives former guests chance to redeem themselves — but the hilarious nutters double-down instead
Daily Show host Jon Stewart enlisted Senior Correspondent Correspondent Jessica Williams to revisit some of their more colorful guests, who were only too happy to appear on the show again.
“I understood when you asked me to be on the show exactly what it was gonna be about,” Pastor James David Manning said of his February 2009 appearance. “It was gonna be an attempt to make my ideas seem buffoonery, but I agreed to do it anyway. Because I didn’t think you would succeed at it. And you didn’t.”
“You think we didn’t succeed?” she asked.
“Absolutely,” he replied.
“That’s ’cause you did it yourself,” Williams told him.
“You can say that if you like,” Manning countered. “But I don’t think you’ll get the audience to agree with you. I don’t think you’ll get the American public or the international audience to agree with you.”
Williams confirmed for the audience that guests like Manning — who claimed at the time that President Barack Obama was the antichrist — were real, and aware of the show’s reputation.
“They don’t care because we bring a camera with us,” she explained, adding, “It’s like Girls Gone Wild, except they flash us their controversial ideas.”
But instead of getting angry, she said, many guests reacted like gun activist Noel Flasterstein, who posted links to his appearance this past March and bragged about it to his friends.
“Are you some sort of master of sarcasm?” she asked.
“Of course not — I liked it. I thought I did well,” adding that he did not feel correspondent Jordan Klepper twisted his words.
Meanwhile, Williams also asked Manning whether he had empirical proof to back up his allegation that Starbucks used semen from “sodomites” in their drinks.
“I think if you’re asking for that, you may not be able to find my explanation suitable to meet the empirical standards,” he said. “But let’s just say, I know.”
Watch Williams’ report, as posted online on Tuesday, below.