In 1999, comedian Jon Stewart took over as host of satirical news program The Daily Show. Previous host, Craig Kilborn, was departing after disagreements over focus of the show. Despite the show’s beginnings poking fun at the news, Stewart’s first years were probably more entertainment than serious player in the political landscape that some regard it as today.
After sixteen years, he retired from his massively popular and built-from-scratch platform last night making way for previous correspondent Trevor Noah. Stewart’s made a running joke of his acting “career” during his run, but perhaps his role as newsman marks his greatest acting yet.
LAST SHOW RUNDOWN
If you don’t watch the show or haven’t seen it yet, here’s what you missed:
- All the correspondents!
- Craig Kilborn cameo
- Reel of politicians saying good riddance
- Goodfellas spoof acknowledging staff
- Camera 3 segment warning about bullshit: “If you smell something, say something.”
- Jon’s thanks to his family, Comedy Central and audience
- “Rather than say ‘Goodbye’ or ‘Good night,’ I’m just going to say, ‘I’m going to get a drink, and I’m sure I’ll see you guys before I leave.”
- Bruce Springsteen performs “Land of Hope and Dreams” and “Born to Run”
Can’t get enough Jon Stewart? Check out some of my favorite moments
- Jon’s monologue after September 11th, 2001
- Who made Mike Huckabee?
- Jon and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity
- Jon speaks to Malala Yousafzai
- Shhh…. this doesn’t even need words
How are you saying #JonVoyage?