If there’s anything we love, it’s symmetry in our late-night shows.
Such was the case Wednesday night when two of our top political comedians made simultaneous appearances on our two top late-night shows — Jon Stewart in New York on “Late Show with David Letterman” and Bill Maher in Los Angeles on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
The bookings were likely coincidental, but the topics under discussion were predictably similar — namely, presidential politics.
On “Letterman,” Stewart brought some of his “Daily Show” attitude across town from Comedy Central when he described Republican Mitt Romney: “When you look at Romney, he’s like pixels!” Stewart declared, meaning that, in Stewart’s opinion, Romney is shallow and insubstantial.
Meanwhile, Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” had Rick Santorum on his mind when he sat down with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.” “He’s a little conservative for me,” Maher said of the Republican candidate and his pro-life views. “He believes life begins at erection, this guy!”
Maher then said TV is the reason why gay lifestyles are more “acceptable” to people nowadays. “Americans have gotten a lot more comfortable with being gay because of TV!” he said, “because of ‘Glee,’ and ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Frasier’ – all these gay shows!”
In Part 2 of their conversation, Leno asked Maher why President Obama continues to enjoy a high approval rating — over 50 percent, Leno said — particularly from liberals who seemed to be moving away from the President recently. The reason for that, according to the admittedly liberal HBO talk-show host: The Republicans!
“There’s nothing that focuses the mind more than these Republicans,” Maher said. “You see these people [and] you run back into [Obama's] arms pretty quickly!”
As the discussion continued, Maher had a suggestion for President Obama — a slogan he should use when he ramps up his reelection campaign (a slogan Maher credited Vice President Joe Biden for creating).
The slogan references both the auto industry bailouts and the untimely death of the world’s most-wanted terrorist. Said Maher: “Obama should run on the slogan: Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is alive!”