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Daily Show tackles Greece and Goldman


Jon Stewart speaks onstage at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011 in New York City.


Dimitrios Kambouris

The debt crisis in Greece has officially entered the mainstream.

It has, anyway, if you use the useful indicator of late night fake news, which — like all great comedy — contains plenty of hard truths mixed in with the laughs.

Jon Stewart is on the European debt crisis, people, and as usual he and the Daily Show team manage to be smart and skewering at the same time.

Here's how last night's Daily Show began:

"Have you ever been just fed up, and you think, 'You know what? Enough with the rat race and chasing some materialistic dream. I'm just going to chuck it all and move to some fishing village. Drink ouzo and eat grilled lamb all day. Charm tourists with my lusty, full-of-life attitude while subsisting on a pensioner's stipend?"

"What would happen if an entire country had that idea... at the same time? I present to you Greece, 2011."

Stewart also managed to grill both Goldman Sachs for its complicity in Greece's problems, and debt in the U.S., which on a per capita basis, looks just as bad as the Greek situation.

But don't take my word for it.


Hat tip to Business Insider, which is also always on the case.