In solidarity with their brothers working for the NFL, on Wednesday the “Daily Show” correspondents decided to go on strike.
The action caught Jon Stewart by surprise. After a segment about the replacement referees' disastrous call that finally got Americans up in arms about a labor dispute, the host threw to correspondent John Oliver -- or so he thought.
In his place was a man who wore glasses and spoke with a British accent, like Oliver, but who was noticably more grandiloquent. “Two families, both alike in dignity,” he began, launching into a Shakespearean monologue about the clash between the referees and the NFL.
Stewart was bowled over by the new-and-improved “Oliver.” “You have almost overnight improved exponentially .... You moved me,” he said, also noting the change in Oliver’s appearance. “Your complexion has lost its deathly pallor.”