Jon Stewart’s irreverence has only ever been outdone by his intelligence and humor. Sadly, his time on ‘The Daily Show’ is drawing to a close. But don’t cry because it’s over– be grateful because we got to witness the following 10 incredible moments.
Jon Stewart will sign off from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show for the final time on Aug. 6, making way for new host Trevor Noah to take the reigns. Stewart has hosted the satirical-news show for an impressive 18 seasons, since its debut back in 1996. During that time, the quasi-anchor has been able to sear some of the most poignant political commentary into the cultural zeitgeist, all the while never sacrificing the comedy. Along with laughs, there were tears when the events of the world called for them, and of course, there were some necessary smackdowns. Check out 10 of the most memorable Daily Show moments to date, and be sure to share yours with us below.
10. The 2000 Election: Remember the presidential election of 2000 that basically wouldn’t end? The nearly week-long period between the vote and George Bush‘s eventual election were agonizing– but boy did they provide great comedic fodder.
9. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: The Malaysian plane that mysteriously went missing in 2014 is an unspeakable tragedy, but for CNN, it was the greatest thing to have ever happened. Mr. Stewart, an actual fake-news show, was arguably at his best when providing commentary on real-news shows acting like fake ones, and this proves it. Sorry, Anderson Cooper.
8. Stewart Is Beck: Republican blowhard and Fox commentator, Glenn Beck, has not appeared on The Daily Show. We can see why.
7. The 2004 Election: This just reminds us how devastating it will be not to have Jon at the desk for the upcoming 2016 election. How dare he retire before Donald Trump‘s first debate?
6. Epic Fox News Takedown: Though he frequently went after individual Fox commentators, prior to the 2012 election, Jon let the entire network (or excuse for a network) have it. Following Mitt Romney‘s leaked 47 percent video, Jon went after the Fox friends who defended Mitt’s egregious remarks, all of whom were in the midst of a crisis which Jon referred to as “Chaos on Bulls–t Mountain.” It’s scathing and it is gold.
5. It Gets Worse: You’ve seen those inspiring “It Gets Better” campaign videos? Well, when John McCain was running for president, Stewart was inspired to make a similar public service announcement. This one, however, was slightly less uplifting.
4. Jon Schools Mike Huckabee on Gay Marriage: Gay marriage is now federally legal, much to the chagrin of Mike Huckabee. Hearing Jon explain why the once presidential nominee was so backwards on the issue is sweeter than an ice cream cone at a gay pride parade.
3. The 2008 Economic Collapse: It’s incredible to think back on all the major events which Jon has talked our nation through, many of which have been devastating. When the country’s economy fell to ruin in 2008, Jon invited CNBC host Jim Cramer onto the show and, allowing him to represent the media as a whole, Jon expressed the furious dismay and powerlessness which so many Americans were feeling. For what was not the first time– and would not be the last– Jon spoke for the rest of us, who were not being heard.
2. Post-9/11 Return: “Are you okay?” Jon asked his audience at the start of the first show after the unthinkable events of 9/11. It was the question that everyone was asking, and yet, it was what we needed to hear from Mr. Stewart. As the nation looked through the looking glass to a new world we didn’t understand, it was people like Jon who helped restore our sense of normalcy.
1. Jon Stewart VS. Bill O’Reilly: The two represent directly opposing ideologies, however, occupy oddly similar roles in their parties (that being the highly revered voice of the right or left, respectively). They have both appeared on one another’s shows over the years, and have maintained a very cordial relationship. However, that means nothing as far as Jon going easy on his cable news comrade. Smell that? It’s Jon’s success, years and years later.
Now it’s your turn: what was your favorite Daily Show moment?
— Casey Mink