Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert both went live last night as Election Day drew to a close, and their particular brands of commentary offered a respite from the unintentional comedy coming from other news anchors and pundits. They go back to their regularly scheduled programming tonight, but we decided to pick out our favorite moments from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” on Nov. 6 in case you missed them.

For Stewart’s part, we liked him best when he was being sincere and optimistic about Barack Obama‘s win instead of cracking jokes about the election.

“Let’s hope that these past four years of obstruction and difficulties, the fever has broken,” Stewart said. “Even though the players remain the same, perhaps the fever has broken and, as Chris Christie and the president learned in New Jersey, when we forget the partisan bickering and political bulls**t, we can actually accomplish certain things even for people who’ve lost their houses. It’s a remarkable lesson for all of us.”

Meanwhile, Colbert did a great job of sulking over Mitt Romney‘s loss, playing up his right-wing character as only he can do. His take on Obamacare almost made this article, but we liked his Ayn Rand comparison even better.

“Fine, America, it’s your funeral,” he said after announcing Obama’s win. “We tried to warn you about this guy … Well, I’ll tell you what: We job creators are not going to take it. We are going Galt, just like in Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ We’re going to leave you parasites behind and relocate to an island where only rich people can live: Manhattan.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz