Short of Jokes, 3 Comics 'Brawl'

Scribeless comedians drum up mock fight over who 'made' Huckabee
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 5:20 PM CST

(Newser) – A trio of writerless comics nearly tussled on TV last night in an apparent effort to boost tepid ratings, Radar Online reports. Stephen Colbert started it on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," where he grumbled about Conan O'Brien; Conan then walked in and threatened both with a brawl. The source of their faux ire? Which one had "made" Mike Huckabee.

Colbert claimed to have boosted Huckabee on his show; Conan said the credit was his; Stewart said he, in turn, had made Conan. “I wanna settle this the civilized way, with violence," Conan said, and the three got down to mock fisticuffs later on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." Conan admitted to the New York Times, "All three of us are in a period of our careers where we’re looking for content."