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Jon Stewart Slaps Bill de Blasio for Pizza-Eating Technique

By Trevor Kapp | February 4, 2014 10:06am
 Mayor de Blasio and Jon Stewart shared pizza during The Daily Show on Monday night.
Mayor de Blasio and Jon Stewart shared pizza during The Daily Show on Monday night.
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MIDTOWN — Comedian Jon Stewart gave mayor Bill de Blasio one more chance to eat pizza — the right way.

De Blasio, who sparked derision last month when he used a knife and fork to eat a slice at a Staten Island pizzeria, went over big with the audience on The Daily Show Monday when he played along with another pizza-eating gag.

“As mayor of Napoli — I mean, New York City — we are always ready for our pizza,” de Blasio said before whipping out another set of utensils to tackle a pie presented by Stewart.

"What are you doing?! I have to teach you everything?!" Stewart shouted. "With your hands!"

Stewart, long an outspoken advocate for proper pizza consumption (folded and in hand), hoped to school de Blasio after mocking him for his "Pizzagate."

The rest of the mayor's late-night debut was marked with his trademark humor, ranging from his snow removal flubs and liberal reputation, to serious issues like universal pre-kindergarten. 

“What else could we do to the Upper East Side?” Stewart asked de Blasio at one point, playing off a flurry of controversy that the mayor had intentionally ignored the area during the snowstorm two weeks ago.

“We have an experimental effort to get locusts up there,” de Blasio quipped.

At one point, Stewart poked fun at the differences between the mayor and his predecessor, Mike Bloomberg.

“Now you come in,” Stewart said. “You put up all the posters of Lenin, Stalin, whatever you’ve got in the office. How are they taking this?”

“You know, the Che Guevara posters are really popular,” de Blasio responded.

The tone turned serious when Stewart asked the mayor about horse carriages near Central Park.

“In a humane society, the horses don’t belong in the middle of traffic in New York City,” de Blasio said. “It’s not fair when you think what their lives should be and what our society is like.”