Today in “news that’s interesting if not terribly surprising”: Jews like Jon Stewart and Christians like Stephen Colbert.
In a survey conducted by the religiously themed dating websites JDate and Christian Mingle, more than 2,000 users were asked to name their “favorite political news funnyman.” Stewart, who is Jewish, was the overwhelming favorite of the JDate poll (51% ) while Catholic Stephen Colbert won a plurality of the votes on Christian Mingle (39%).
To be fair, the survey was less than scientific and the choices were rather limited – in addition to Stewart, Colbert, users could select “Real Time” host Bill Maher or “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers – but the results suggest there may be a strong cultural bias when it comes to political satire.
When they’re not riffing on politics, both hosts have been known to crack a few jokes about religion -- particularly their own. Stewart tends to focus on various aspects of Jewish culture, riffing on the need for Jews to “step it up” on Passover and performing a hot dog bris on “The Daily Show” to ensure that Hebrew Nationals beef franks are, in fact, kosher.