Comedian Jon Stewart expressed admiration and respect on Saturday for Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was a successful comedian before being elected Ukraineâ€™s president.
The former â€œDaily Showâ€ host discussed Zelenskyy with writers Robby Slowik and Rob Christensen on his new show, â€œThe Problem With Jon Stewart.â€
â€œWe are comedians, and we know the general brand of cowardice that runs through our business,â€ said Stewart.
â€œWeâ€™re watching Shecky Greene transform into Churchill,â€ Stewart said, a reference to the nightclub comedian who was a frequent guest on Johnny Carsonâ€™s â€œTonight Show,â€ and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who led the United Kingdom during World War II.
He also imagined a darkly funny scene involving a group of comics complaining about the â€œhorrorsâ€ of their profession â€• like being poorly treated at a comedy club â€• before Zelenskyy chimes in to recount the genuine horrors of war.
Stewart praised what he characterized Zelenskyyâ€™s â€œgraceâ€ under the circumstances.
â€œWhat this dude is doing, it is incredibly moving,â€ he said.