Jon Stewart (Brad Barket/AP)

Comedy Central’s late-night comics, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, got an extra day to figure out how to address the Boston Marathon bombings at the top of a comedy program. The results reflected that.

  “I’m just going to say this to Boston: thank you. Thank you for once again, in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my believe in humanity and the people of this country,” Stewart said, after telling viewers how much he hates the fact “that I can cross-reference my thoughts to so many other events that have occurred over the years of a similar ilk.”

 After which, Stephen Colbert broke the mold, speaking for more than two minutes about the events of Monday in Boston without referencing himself — hopefully setting a new industry standard:

 “Whoever did this obviously did not know [expletive] about the people of Boston, because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete sake — Boston was founded by the pilgrims — a people so tough they had to buckle their [expletive] hats on! It is the cradle of the American Revolution. A city that withstood an 86-year losing streak [in re Boston Red Sox]! A city that made it through The Big Dig —  a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years; there are commuters just getting home now...They attacked the Boston Marathon – an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw — for fun!”

WATCH HERE — Stewart first, followed by Colbert: