Stewart plugs W&M on 'The Daily Show'

  • W&M on the Daily ShowJon Stewart (r), host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," gave a plug to his alma mater, The College of William and Mary, during a special election coverage edition.

    W&M on the Daily Show
For the second time this school year, William and Mary was recognized before a national audience watching Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

During a Nov. 4 broadcast of the show’s “Indecision 2008” presidential election special, Stewart -- one of the College’s most well-known alumni -- gave out a “Go Tribe” when announcing returns in Virginia. Stewart was co-hosting the special with Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

“I have a result I want to bring up,” Stewart told Colbert as he prepared to share returns that showed Democratic candidate Barack Obama winning Virginia’s 13 electoral votes by a slim margin over Republication candidate John McCain. Stewart then referenced his own connection to the Commonwealth. “I went to school at the College of William and Mary. Go Tribe.”

Stewart, host of the popular show that uses satire and comedy to poke fun at national news and politics, is a 1984 graduate of the College. He is also well-known to Tribe faithful. The nationally known comedian and actor graduated from William and Mary with an undergraduate degree in psychology. He has returned to his alma mater several times in recent years, including in 2004 when he gave the Commencement Address.

It was also the second time in recent weeks William and Mary – and the Stewart connection – was mentioned on the show. In August, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine appeared on “The Daily Show” and reminded Stewart of his strong connections to the College and the Commonwealth.

“Governor of Virginia – a one-term governor … as you know (as) a William and Mary grad,” Kaine said.