Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fond of pointing out New York was a “national punchline” on the late-night shows prior to him taking office in 2011.
On Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” last night, Cuomo himself was the punchline.
Host Jon Stewart poked fun at Cuomo’s recent comments on “extreme conservatives,” razzing the governor for his diction and choice of words before launching into a celebrity-filled faux pitch to urge conservative pundit Sean Hannity to stay in New York. (Hannity, you’ll recall, has threatened to leave the state following Cuomo’s remark.)
“What happened was Cuomo was advising New York’s Republican Party to clarify its identity to stay viable in this, a left-leaning state,” Stewart said. “But I guess it accidentally came out as, ‘(Expletive) you, you (expletive) (expletive)!'”
In a radio interview earlier this month, Cuomo said “right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay” conservatives are “extreme” and “have no place in the state of New York.” His office has twice sought to add context to the remark, saying Cuomo was referring specifically to candidates for office in heavily Democratic New York.
Stewart then turned to Hannity’s claim that he would leave New York “as soon as I am able to.” (“It’s not East Germany,” Stewart noted.) The segment closed with a two-minute video jokingly urging Hannity to stay in New York, featuring actor Nathan Lane, “Project Runway” host Tim Gunn and the cast of “Jersey Boys.”
You can watch the Hannity video below. (Note: There’s some bleeped-out salty language.) Stewart’s Cuomo-focused jokes came at the top of Monday’s episode, which you can watch at this link.