Glenn Beck's Fox show will soon be no more, and Jon Stewart seized the moment last night, offering a glasses-wearing, chalkboard-scrawling send-up of Beck's program. By analyzing facts and figures—ranging from Charles Manson to the Bible—Stewart was able to determine that Beck’s departure can only mean one thing: apocalypse. Because if Beck's show ends at the end of 2011, that's almost 2012, the year the Mayans have said it's all over. And who is obsessed with 2012? Barack Obamayan, of course!
Even the Daily Show's opening spoofed Beck, rejecting its usual fanfare for a somber intro, notes Mediaite. “Stewart’s imitation of Beck was so complete—with every nuanced tick, idiosyncratic oratorical flourish and pregnant pause—that it confirmed that he’s actually a regular viewer (dare one say fan?) of Mr. Beck’s,” writes Colby Hall. “There even seemed to be a hint of mutual respect.” In the end, Stewart suggested he’d miss Beck, even if it's simply for his comic fodder. Meanwhile, in his own show yesterday, Beck spoke to Stewart via the camera, asking what the Comedy Central host would do without him. (Read more Jon Stewart stories.)