John Stewart's opening monologue for the 80th Academy Awards was much more on point that his last one. He was completely different, he was much more confident and ballsy. He was not for one for not doing one of his trademark laugh reactions to other people's laughing, but he was simply wonderful. He did not falter. The first time around, he was nervous and coy. He's funny and when he had to be serious, he was serious. And it was refreshing. For too many times, he would be serious and then counter it with a 'no, seriously...' And he mixed political with hollywood, that was great.