1. Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
The stat: Six days after AIG received an $85 billion bailout, executives went on a $400,000 retreat. Then the govern-ment loaned AIG another $37 billion.
The sass: "Oh my God, are you serious, Federal Government?! It's like you gave your junkie cousin $100 for rent, and then you ran into him at the dog track and gave him another $37 billion!"
2. Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
The stat: If Rod Blagojevich winds up in jail, four of the last eight Illinois governors will have served time.
The sass: "Did you know — and this is true — that only 48% of the people who commit murder end up in jail? You are more likely to end up in jail if you become the governor of Illinois than if you become a murderer. Make the smart choice, kids."
3. Jay Leno, The Tonight Show
The stat: This spring, Citigroup announced an $8 billion profit.
The sass: "That just goes to show you, you give a company $45 billion in government bailout money, and they'll show you how to turn it into $8 billion. See, this is capitalism!"
A version of this article appeared in the September 2009 issue of Fast Company magazine.