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Herman Cain

Jon Stewart: A serious student of absurdity ends his run

When Jon Stewart made a now-iconic appearance on CNN's "Crossfire" in 2004, co-host Tucker Carlson listened to Stewart for a time and lamented, "I thought you were going to be funny. Be funny." Of course, people expect Stewart to be funny most of the time. Before joining "The Daily Show," where his run ends on Thursday, Stewart was known mainly as a comedian and sometime comic actor. He sometimes puts a highly comic spin on his interviews, as when he asked LeBron James if he was from another planet. It was in no small part Stewart's humor that had thousands of people trying to get tickets to four "Daily Show" tapings at Ohio State in...