Brian Williams May Want to Put His Comedy Routine on Hold

As usual, everyone seems impressed by the journalistic prowess on display during the premiere Brian Williams's weekly newsmagazine on NBC, Rock Center, but the comedic coda to the hour-long show, might need to a rethink. In the meat of the show, Williams featured a segment from former Early Show contributor Harry Smith on the North Dakota oil boom, an item from Richard Engel on Syria and a scoop from Kate Snow on "anchor babies" in boarding houses — all admirable efforts, the critics seem to agree, worthy of 60 Minutes. Then Jon Stewart showed up and things got a little bit weird. Some people like weird, deadpan humor (Williams' specialty). But some think it's just, well, weird.

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