Comedy can only heal so much, Jon Stewart admitted last night during the opening monologue of last night’s “The Daily Show.”
The show aired live on Comedy Central, just hours after the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case was made public and New Yorkers began to take to the streets to protest. In spite of the Turner incident being caught on tape, the grand jury found that there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the police officers that attacked the 29-year-old African American man.
Here, the pathos of Stewart’s words, expressions and gestures on camera serve us all. He isn’t performing for the camera — rather, he allows it to record him grieving over the persistence of institutional ignorance and bigotry, once again potentially serving as a vessel for the audience’s own frustration and rage.
You can watch Stewart’s monologue in its entirety below: