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Watch Jon Stewart's Epic Rant Against Chicago Pizza

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In honor of New York City's One World Trade Center being named the tallest building in the U.S., besting Chicago's Willis Tower, Jon Stewart fueled NYC-Chicago rivalry with an epic rant against Chicago's deep dish pizza. "When I look at your deep dish f*ckin' pizza, I don't know whether to eat it or throw a coin in it and make a wish," Stewart says. "And if I made a wish, it would be that I'd wish for some real f*ckin' pizza."

Stewart — who has ranted about poor pizza choices before — claims deep dish is not even pizza but "a f*ckin' casserole" and just tears into every aspect of Chicago deep dish, from the sauce being on top "on display like some sort of sauce whore" to the extra thick crust. He suggests that since it gets so cold in Chicago, maybe a thick pizza is needed so folks can "cut it open and climb inside of it like a Tauntaun to keep warm." "This is not pizza," Stewart rants. "This is tomato soup in a bread bowl. This is an above ground marinara swimming pool for rats." He gets a few digs in at the Chicago dog, too. Go, watch:

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