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Though I enjoy watching the Oscars every year, this time the event became more of an opportunity to watch Jon Stewart than to view an awards show. In fact, at one point yesterday I even asked a friend, “When does Jon Stewart come on tonight?” And though Stewart was not at his “Daily Show” best in this unfamiliar setting, here are some favorite Jon Stewart moments from last night’s show:

The first was his mention of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nomination as Best Director for “Munich.” Considering that and Spielberg’s 1994 win for “Schindler’s List,” Stewart said, “I think I speak for all Jews when I say: I can’t wait to see what happens to us next. Trilogy?”

The second highlight was Stewart’s mention of that religious group Hollywood seems to love, and the rest of us are just baffled by. Upon coming back from a commercial break, Stewart pretended he was addressing the audience about Scientology, commenting as if in mid-speech: “And that is why I think Scientology is right, not just for this city, but for the country.” Considering the plethora of celeb Scientologists it could be considered a low blow. But I thought it was hilarious.

And finally, in a nod to all the right-wingers who love moralize about Hollywood’s lack of family values, Jon Stewart had this to say: “I’m from New York, and I’ve been here a week and a half. A lot of people say this town is too liberal. Out of touch with mainstream America. A modern day beachfront Sodom and Gomorrah. A black hole where innocence is obliterated. An endless orgy of sexual gratification and greed…. I don’t really have a joke here… and I just thought you should know a lot of people are saying that.”

Aside from these funny moments, though, I look forward to the return of the real Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show.”

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