Jon Stewart Honors Charlie Hebdo Victims: 'Comedy Should Not Be An Act of Courage'

Jon Stewart opened his show Wednesday night by paying brief and somber tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The tragedy was not the way the late-night comedian, or anyone else, would have preferred to open the new year.

"Very few people go into comedy as an act of courage," Stewart said, shaking his head sadly. "They were killed for their cartoons."

He added that at least the institutions that he makes relentless fun of on his show (Fox, Congress, etc...) engage in the back-and-forth, and that the two sides are both on 'Team Civilization.'

Tough way to open a comedy show, here it is:

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