March 12, 2009— -- 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.