Jon Stewart’s Greatest Lesbian Moments

Margaret Cho (June 28, 1999)

Queer icon Margaret Cho had Stewart on the run from the minute she sat down. They bonded briefly over a mutual love of dogs, but the truth is, she was just funnier than he was.

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When an actress stops by any talk show to promote a recent film or TV show in which she plays a lesbian, the host almost always makes stereotypical jokes about "researching" lesbianism. Stewart is no exception, but he has also managed to restrain himself.

Jennifer Beals (March 29, 2004)

In her second appearance on the Daily Show, Jennifer Beals was promoting The L Word, then in its first season. She and Stewart are old friends, and their easy rapport makes for a lot of laughs. Beals is at her charming, soft-spoken best, gently poking a little fun at Stewart for his slightly breathless inquiries about "research" into lesbian kissing.

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For those interested in her first Daily Show appearance, go here.

Charlize Theron (Jan. 8, 2004)

When Charlize Theron visited The Daily Show to talk about playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, neither she nor Stewart identified Wuornos as a lesbian — unlike most of the media at the time. Wuornos never identified herself as a lesbian, either, but it’s not clear from Theron’s interview with Stewart if that is the reason for their reticence on the subject. Regardless, Theron was obviously sympathetic to the woman she played, and Stewart was clearly in awe of Theron’s performance.

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The Daily Show Does the Hot 100

If that’s not enough for you, Stewart has interviewed quite a number of the ladies you voted into the Hot 100, some of them multiple times. So if you’ve got a spare few hours, here are some links to make you laugh:

Keira Knightley (Hot 100 No. 15) — Nov. 9, 2005

Halle Berry (Hot 100 No. 19) — April 11, 2007

Drew Barrymore (Hot 100 No. 42) — Feb. 12, 2004 and Sept. 13, 2004

Rachel Weisz (Hot 100 No. 44) — April 22, 2003, Feb. 22, 2005 and Aug. 23, 2005

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Hot 100 No. 45) Dec. 15, 2003, July 28, 2005 and Sept. 11, 2006

Meryl Streep (Hot 100 No. 47) — Oct 16, 2007

Maura Tierney (Hot 100 No. 57) — May 14, 2001

Sandra Bullock (Hot 100 No. 64) — March 24, 1999 and Dec 11, 2002

Susan Sarandon (Hot 100 No. 95) — April 8, 2003

Allison Janney (Hot 100 No. 97) — May 16, 2002

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