Comedian Jon Stewart can count an unlikely source as a big fan: Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. In an interview given in 2011 with Local Vision TV’s Tony Huml, when he was asked who he thinks is the funniest comedian in the United States was (after Huml himself of course), Paul Ryan said that he thought uber liberal talk show host Jon Stewart took that award.
Ryan was quoted as saying:
“This may sound funny coming from me, but I’d say Jon Stewart.”
Ryan didn’t even have a problem with the jokes Stewart threw at Ryan himself. Ryan commented that he felt that Stewart’s joke were all done tastefully. Stewart has called Ryan the “Wisconsin Dreamboat” and Chairman of the “Hunk Budget Committee.” Stewart has not been a fan of Ryan’s budget proposals but has not went after him in the same vein as other major comedians.
Ryan has never appeared on Stewart’s show, The Daily Show, but, at this point, one wonders if Ryan has the courage to venture into the Lion’s Den. Stewart would never agree to provide Ryan a list of questions beforehand nor would he allow Ryan to cut any footage he didn’t like. Ryan, on the other hand, has often displayed a level of courage not seen among mainstream politicians.
Ryan is known as a tough fiscal conservative and has garnered heavy scorn from Democrats for his tough budget proposals. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, he released a series of proposals known as “The Ryan Plan.” The top proposal he made and the most hated among Democrats is his plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program.