From this weekend’s New Yorker Fesival.

Money shot:

How he met Jon Stewart: Actually, he was hired but had yet to meet Jon, who had just been hired as host. There was a press conference with the head of Comedy Central to announce it, and Colbert, newly-minted correspondent, said, “Shouldn’t we be covering this?” So off he went, and asked a question, announcing himself as “Stephen Colbert, Daily Show” and asked something like, “It was my understanding that I was in the running to host the Daily Show, how does your appointment affect my chances?” Jon looked over at the head of Comedy Central and said, “I thought you said he wasn’t funny.” Pretty auspicious beginning, I’d say.

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