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Published on November 21st, 2014 | by Sharilyn Johnson


14 Reasons Why Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Bromance is the Greatest [GIFs]

Jon Stewart was finally a real guest on The Colbert Report, just in time for it to end its run in December. Jon continued the long, proud tradition of he and Stephen trying – but completely failing – to hide their respect for each other.

The new book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z covers the difference between how “character” Stephen and the “real” Stephen feel about Jon, and poses the critical question:

“Jon Stewart: great bromance, or greatest?”

So in the spirit of determining exactly where said bromance falls on the greatness scale, here are 14 solid pieces of evidence that make the case for “greatest.”

They’re on the same wavelength.

Because Stephen’s goal is always to make Jon laugh…

…especially when gJon doesn’t want to…

…which is frequently.

Jon has a bobblehead of Stephen in his office (from those Mr. Goodwrench ads).

Only Stephen could “fix” Jon.

Their Super PAC debauchery

This mock tense moment at the Emmys…

…this genuine moment at the Emmys…

…and the love being returned.

When they were supposed play angry, but Jon couldn’t find his mark.

This cosplay.

These three little words.

Because they’ll drop the rivalry charade, and just hug it out.

Read more about the Jon/Stephen bromance in Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z, available through Amazon.

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About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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