Jon Stewart draws 3,800

Late night comedy icon and media commentator Jon Stewart performed a cheeky and uncensored stand-up routine to a capacity crowd at Patrick Gymnasium at the end of March.

Touching on topics from local Burlington culture to the announcement of Vermont Governor Jim Douglas’ promise to veto the same-sex marriage bill, Stewart’s performance deviated from the style of television’s “The Daily Show.”

“So, your governor’s kind of a shithead,” Stewart said, to a response of wild cheering and applause from the audience. “Is he here tonight?”

Stewart used his signature comedic logic to further break down the heated same-sex marriage debate that raged in Montpelier’s legislature last spring.

“I can understand being against gay marriage — if they decided to make it mandatory,” Stewart continued. “This isn’t a cultural divide: they’re wrong.”

Stewart joked about Burlington’s culture and beauty, while poking fun at the town’s liberal reputation.

“I saw a guy with a ‘Gay Pacificists for Nadar’ button. It’s an unusual place,” Stewart said.
Stewart’s routine ended with a standing ovation and lasted a total of 90 minutes.