Jon Stewart opened Wednesday's edition of "The Daily Show" with a somber tribute to those slain in the assault on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.
"Very few people go into comedy, you know, as an act of courage. Mainly because it shouldn't have to be that, it shouldn't be an act of courage, it should be taken as established law," Stewart said. "Those guys at Hebdo had it, and they were killed — for their cartoons."
"Stark reminder that for the most part, the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not in any way the enemy," he continued. "For however frustrating or outraged the back and forth can become, it's still back and forth conversation amongst those on, let's call it 'team civilization,' and this type of violence only clarifies that reality."