As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Thursday night’s episode of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show will be the last one featuring Jon Stewart. Since January of 1999 Stewart has been a cable fixture and has been absolutely beloved by millions of people for his humor and his comical, leveled, common sense critiquing of all kinds of things. Jon Stewart absolutely changed the way that we talk about the news, the way that we interact with the news, and the way that millions of people analyze the ever-changing world around us, and he changed it for the better.
Heck, he even inspired a movie about a facsimile of himself who actually wins the Presidency. It wasn’t great, but it’s not a movie that can happen without Stewart’s insane popularity.
Even more incredibly, the wake of comedy that sprung from Stewart’s Daily Show is truly incredible. There are, of course, shows like The Colbert Report and Last Week Tonight that were/are directly tied to the format that Stewart pioneered and there’s also the incredible list of comedians who at one point worked for him including names like Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, and more.
The number of clips and interviews that one could post would fill up a thousand WordPress blogs, and honestly a YouTube deep dive of clips will rarely turn up a dud. In fact, the best thing to probably do is to watch the 4 episodes this week and give Stewart the proper send off with the myriad of guests that are guaranteed to appear. This week’s schedule is:
Monday, August 3rd – Amy Schumer
Tuesday, August 4th – Denis Leary
Wednesday, August 5th – Louis C.K.
Thursday, August 6th – Probably Everyone Ever. This is the one not to miss!
And now… your Moment of Zen.