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Jon Stewart crashed Stephen Colbert's Late Show. Together they made fun of Donald Trump.

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On Thursday night, Stephen Colbert welcomed an old friend to his new digs. Jon Stewart, patron saint of The Daily Show, stopped by The Late Show and gave the world another chance to witness (and envy) the best friendship in show business this side of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Stewart was there for an important reason: to raise awareness of the "Zadroga Reauthorization Act," a piece of legislation that would guarantee lifetime health care for 9/11 first responders by renewing an earlier bill passed by Congress in 2010. Stewart appeared on The Daily Show earlier this week to rally support for the Zadroga Act and to highlight Congress's hypocrisy, as many members like to invoke support for 9/11 and first responders but few have committed to voting for the bill.

Although Stewart was on The Late Show to discuss a very serious topic, that didn't mean he and Colbert didn't find a way to squeeze in a joke or two. When Stewart lamented that not enough people know about the first responders bill, Colbert offered up a helpful tip.

"Trump it up a bit," Colbert said as he put a Trump-like hairpiece on his dear friend's head and sprinkled Cheeto dust on his cheek. "The media won't pay attention to anything at all unless you are Donald Trump."

Colbert may have had a point.

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