This was some welcome levity last night…

Last night’s Daily Show had a “good old-fashioned Coot-Off between Senators Ted Stevens and Robert C. Byrd.” Audrey and I laughed so hard we couldn’t breathe. [The Daily Show Videos]

[2007 update] The original video does not seem to be still available. this is a much shorter version Stewart used at the end of the program.

[2008 update] Comedy Central has their entire Daily Show archive up now. The Coot-off is about 3:20 into the Braked Alaska segment. They followed up with a ‘Moment of Zen’. Or, you can watch the Flash video here:

I also notice that they have tagged Senator Byrd as both “byrd” and “bird.”