Brian Williams May Want to Put His Comedy Routine on Hold

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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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