A clip of Jon Stewart on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has blown up on the internet, and for good reason. It’s amazing. In it, Stewart, in a hilarious fake dialogue with a Chinese lab researcher, makes the case for why the theory that the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology is way less insane than all the other origin hypotheses.
People owe a debt of gratitude to science, Stewart began, for helping ease the suffering of the pandemic, “which was more than likely caused by science.”
“What do you mean — do you mean perhaps there’s a chance this was created in a lab?” Colbert asked. “If there’s evidence I’d love to hear it.”
“A chance?” Stewart exclaimed. “Oh my g-d, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China. What do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab!”
Here comes the fake dialogue:
And then they asked those scientists, they’re like, ‘How did this— so wait a minute. You work at the Wuhan respiratory coronavirus lab. How did this happen?’
And they’re like, ‘Hmm, a pangolin kissed a turtle?’
And you’re like, ‘No, the name of your lab — if you look at the name! Look at the name! — let me see your business card! Show me your business card!’
Oh, ‘I work at the coronavirus lab in Wuhan.’
‘Oh? because there’s a coronavirus loose in Wuhan. How did that happen?’
‘Maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey and then it sneezed into my chili, and now we all have coronavirus.’
Stewart’s final fake scenario sealed the deal. “There’s been an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania,” Stewart exclaimed. “What do you think happened? Like, oh, I don’t know. Maybe a steam shovel mated with a cocoa bean — or it’s the f-cking chocolate factory! Maybe that’s it!”
The comedian’s delivery was compelling and hilarious, rounded out by theatrical gestures and vocal characterization. It’s a must-watch.
For many conservatives, myself included, the
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