Stewart left The Daily Show in 2015, more than a year before Trump was elected president, so the comedian couldn’t have known the turd asteroid was near impact (he announced he was stepping down from the show months before Trump officially started his presidential campaign.) Stewart had already been feeling tired and burnt out on political comedy even before Trump came on the political scene, but the new US president, whom other comedians have struggled to effectively satirize, clearly isn’t making him eager to jump back into the fray.

Since leaving his 16-year role as America’s satirist-in-chief, Stewart has appeared sporadically on talk shows, podcasts, and charity events, but has yet to resume a regular position in the comedy world. His highly anticipated collaboration with HBO, a short-form digital animated series, fell through in 2017; HBO said the ambitious project was just too technically difficult to pull off. (Stewart is, however, planning his first stand-up comedy special in 20 years.)

Another of Stewart’s Daily Show protégés, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, has found a niche that works for him: turning away from what he calls Trump’s “fire hose of bullshit” to shed light on other issues affecting the world. He certainly hasn’t ignored the countless scandals of Trump’s administration, nor avoided the president as a subject of mockery, but he’s not really “toiling in the turd mines” either.

As comedians still try to figure out how best to approach a US presidency that often defies satire, Stewart seems content as a semi-retired, occasional provocateur. Still, he couldn’t help but get one clever (and, as usual, perceptive) crack in at Trump’s expense:

“I don’t think Donald Trump likes the job of president, but he likes the trappings of power,” he told Colbert. “I don’t think he likes the, ‘Why are you talking to me about energy policy? Just get the shot of me going onto the helicopter.'”

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