Stewart’s righteous rant felt like a year’s worth of pent-up frustration with the presidential election, but he still had room for plenty of jokes. “I thought Donald Trump was going to speak—Ivanka [Trump] said he was going to come out, she said he was really compassionate and generous,” Stewart said. “But then this angry groundhog came out and just vomited on everyone for an hour.”

Stewart even managed to throw in a rather scatological dig at Arby’s, the American chain restaurant that was so often the target of his mockery on The Daily Show.

The comedian is set to return to the spotlight in earnest sometime in the near future as part of a new HBO project, which will likely involve bite-sized, shareable videos (in lieu of a normal nightly TV show). HBO CEO Richard Plepler said he “hoped” Stewart’s HBO enterprise would be ready before November’s election.

If last night is any indication, Stewart looks like he’s ready to return to lambasting politicians and media figures and helping Americans make sense of the circus that is the 2016 presidential election. America’s ready for him too.

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