Jon Stewart has now signed off from ‘The Daily Show’ for good, but before he did so, he left viewers with a celebrity-packed finale that will have everyone talking– and crying! Every correspondent from the show’s 16 years dropped by, and we even got a closing number from the boss himself, Bruce Springsteen!
Good night, Mr. Stewart. After manning The Daily Show desk for 18 seasons, Jon Stewart departed the Comedy Central show for good on Aug. 6. Audiences weren’t sure what to expect, as Jon didn’t announce any of the evening’s guest beforehand, but holy smokes he did not disappoint. Bruce Springsteen, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert (!!!) stopped by, along with a ton of other celebs so huge, we almost went blind from the pure star wattage. Good luck living up to this, Trevor Noah! Check out a full recap!
Hearing those opening notes for what we know is Jon’s last show is so, so melancholic. Alas, we get to the laughs immediately– with talk of the first republican debate. “It was…incredible,” Jon said. “So articulate.” He makes it clear very quickly that the show will not sacrifice form just because it’s the last installment.
And with that, we head over to “Ohio,” with a post-debate wrap up from some republican “representatives.” It turns out, a lot of our favorite Daily Show correspondents from over the years have gone on to represent the likes of Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. Yup, Kristen Schaal, Samantha Bee, oh and Steve Carell (!!!) were all on hand to stand up for their favorite GOP contender.
Ten minutes in, and I am already misty-eyed with nostalgia. That doesn’t last long, though, don’t worry. Nightly News host Larry Wilmore pulls up next to Jon at the desk to inform him that, “Black shows matter, Jon.” True. Keeping the silly coming, Josh Gad pops up! Singing Frozen‘s “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” for a reason which… I’m sure someone somewhere could tell me. Either way, Josh never ceases to put a smile on my face.
We knew it was coming: the parade of cameos marches on with an appearance by Trevor Noah! Taking measurements. Uh, Trevor, you could wait another like, hour to do that. Olivia Munn stops by next, thinking it’s Jon’s birthday– his 70th, actually. Lucky you’re drop dead gorgeous, Olivia, or this segment may not have ended so well for you.
And then, basically every single politician ever including Hilary Clinton and John McCain say their goodbyes in a recorded montage which, honestly, can we vote for it in 2016?
Ed Helms pulls up to the desk next, singing a tune and telling Jon he’s not invited to his secret institute for men who grow more handsome and distinguished as they age. Speaking of smug, John Oliver shows up next. “What the f–k is a commercial?” John asks. Ugh, how quickly they change over at HBO.
But then. But then. The cameo to end all cameos: Stephen Colbert shows up, and the two literally hold hands before Stephen launches into a Lord of the Rings metaphor. Then, in what was just a special beyond words exchange, Stephen goes completely off script and Jon was genuinely not prepared. “We owe you,” Stephen said. “Because we learned from you by example how to do a show, how to treat people with respect. You are infuriatingly good at your job. We are better people for having known you. You are a great man.” Following the pure love fest, the entire cast of misfits then ran on stage and attacked Jon in the most glorious bear hug. Wow. That was a moment of television to remember.
“This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, and I’ll never have it again,” Jon says, when we return from the commercial break. With that, we launch into a hilarious, mock-day-in-the-life segment, showing us some of the shenanigans which have been going down at The Daily Show since ’96. Turns out, Martin Scorcese has been hanging in those halls for years!
Finally, for one last time, we get a bulls–t segment, and I am now truly going to lose it. Jon begins to cry. Oy. “Bulls–t is everywhere,” he says. It’s his final chance to tell us– America– like it is, and wow I am going to miss this. Jon leaves us with this final thought: “If you smell something, say something.” Such wise words.
“That is our program,” Jon says after the very last commercial break. “There’s so much love and pride drowning the building. I can’t thank the audience enough.” He then thanks his wife and kids. “This show isn’t ending, we’re merely taking a small pause in the conversation,” he concludes. “That’s our show. thank you so much.” Stunningly beautiful.
Of course, we have to end things on a totally epic and downright momentous note. In other words, we have to end with a Springsteen performance. Bruce pops up, looking as rocking as ever, to sing a farewell song for Jon and I don’t believe I will ever stop crying. Thank you, Jon. Thank you.
And that’s it for Mr. Stewart. What did you guys think of the last show? Are you going to miss seeing him every night, or are you ready for Trevor?
— Casey Mink