The showdown is set. In one corner is funnyman Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," whose razor-sharp jabs aim directly at the funny bone. In the opposite corner is Finance Mad Man Jim "Booyah" Cramer, host of "Mad Money," whose stock prognostications sometimes leave heads spinning.
After going round for round in a full-blown media feud, the two men will finally face each other tonight on the set of "The Daily Show."
It appears everyone from Martha Stewart to Carson Daly will be watching to see who wins.
"Maybe they'll make up and kiss and it could be a great gay moment on television," Daly quipped to ABCNews.com. Daly has been following the feud from the beginning and declared Stewart "up ahead."
Even Cramer, a fixture on cable channel CNBC and founder of TheStreet.com, is uncertain whether he's facing a truce or a trounce tonight. Neither Cramer nor Stewart would comment about the feud or tonight's show. But earlier today on "The Martha Stewart" show, Cramer confessed he was anxious about his appearance tonight.
"I'm a little nervous," he said. "How bad is it going to be?"
"You should be nervous," Martha responded, to which Cramer asked jokingly, "Is he going to kill me?"
"He's fast as lightning," Martha told him.
When Cramer replied, "I'm slow as molasses," Martha suggested that he take the banana cream pie they would make later on the show. Cramer, who has been known to throw a few pies at the television screen, was holding out on whether to use it as a weapon on Stewart.
"I can turn it into a gift if he's kind to me," Cramer said.
Up to now, Stewart hasn't been so kind.
It all started March 4, when Rick Santelli, another CNBC personality, backed out of appearing on the fake news anchor's show. Stewart skewered the network with an eight-minute segment of some of the most bullish remarks made by CNBC's anchors and analysts.
"If I had only taken CNBC's advice, I would have a million dollars today, provided I started with $100 million," Stewart told his audience. "How do they do it?
Cramer, a former journalist and hedge fund manager who hosts the network's popular show "Mad Money," appeared to be singled out in the Stewart mash-up. While CNBC remained tight-lipped about Stewart's attacks, Cramer fired back with a column posted Monday on MainStreet.com.
He said Stewart seized on the "urban legend" that he recommended Bear Stearns stock a week before it collapsed. Instead, he wrote, he told a person who e-mailed his show that his account was safe. Through a "clever sound bite," Stewart tried to "pass off the notion of account safety as an out-and-out buy recommendation," Cramer said. "The absurdity astounds me."
That night on his show, Stewart offered a partial apology.
"OK. I was wrong," he said. "He was simply saying that if Bear was your broker or if your money was at Bear, your money would not disappear. He was not addressing the value of holding Bear stock. So Jim Cramer, I apologize."
"You weren't suggesting to buy Bear Stearns," he added. "That was something that you did five days earlier."
The comedian played a clip of Cramer shouting, "I believe in the Bear franchise. You know what? At 69 bucks, I'm not giving up on the thing!"
On Tuesday, Cramer kept fueling the fire with an appearance on the "Today" show. When host Meredith Viera asked him about Stewart's comments, he replied mockingly, "Oh, oh, a comedian is attacking me! Wow! He runs a variety show!"