04/12/2014 09:09 GMT | Updated 04/12/2014 09:59 GMT

Jon Stewart Reacts To The Eric Garner Case: 'If Comedy Is Tragedy Plus Time, I Need More F***ing Time'

Comedy Central UK

Jon Stewart opened Wednesday night’s 'The Daily Show' with a damning take on the "utterly depressing” Eric Garner case.

That day, a Staten Island Grand Jury had decided not to indict a New York City police officer who held Garner - an unarmed African-American cigarette seller - in a chokehold which killed him.

While acknowledging that creative elements of 'The Daily Show' - especially in regards to recent events in Ferguson - can provide "a catharsis, a way of processing emotion that might otherwise be undigested," Stewart is clearly angry and depressed by this latest turns of events. Not least because, as he says, "none of the ambiguities that existed in the Ferguson case exist in the Staten Island case - and yet the outcome is exactly the same."

"If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more f***ing time," says Stewart. "But I would really settle for less f**ing tragedy.”



'The Daily Show' airs tonight at 00:05 on Comedy Central Extra.