Jon Stewart has been coming into living rooms and making audiences laugh — and think — as the host of The Daily Show since 1999. He’s had a lot of famous guests, and on August 6, he’ll take the helm for the last time.
They say change is good, and maybe it is time for Stewart to explore other opportunities away from The Daily Show and for his devoted audience to hear a different voice, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to miss him… a lot.
Here are some of the moments when we were moved to laughter, thought, or even tears.
Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential Bid
Trump deciding to run for president was like a gift from the heavens for Stewart and The Daily Show in his final months as host.
Stewart’s Appearance On Crossfire
When Jon appeared on Crossfire, he didn’t do it as a comedian. When told by co-host Tucker Carlson to be funny, he retorts, “No, I’m not going to be your monkey.” He went on the show as a concerned citizen to explain why he continued to tell people Crossfire was “bad.”
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (Or The Absurdity Of CNN’s Coverage)
Stewart had a little fun with the media, specifically CNN, for its over-the-top coverage because, as Jon says, they realized they had 23 hours and 59 minutes left to fill.
The Charleston Church Shooting
Stewart had no jokes to give for the South Carolina tragedy. He just has sadness “that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other in the nexus of a, just gaping racial wound that will not heal but that we pretend doesn’t exist.”
September 11, 2001
There was an outpouring of sadness and shared horror in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies from the media, but Stewart, who waded into the fray a little late and was clearly overwhelmed by emotion several times, was mostly serious during his Daily Show opening monologue and managed to talk about what he felt was important moving forward.
“I wanted to tell you why I grieve, but why I don’t despair.”
Stewart’s final appearance as host of The Daily Show airs on Thursday, and his guests will be comedians Amy Schumer, Louis C.K., and Denis Leary.
— Vulture (@vulture) August 1, 2015
Trevor Noah will step in to take over hosting duties at The Daily Show starting September 28.
[Image courtesy The Daily Show with Jon Stewart]