It’s the end of an era for comedic late night show as The Daily Show with John Stewart as host will be stepping down. 16 years after his first episode with the Daily Show, John Stewart is going to sign off for the final time on Comedy Central August 6th 2015.
The left-winged anchorman that used jokes to bring laughs and attention to topics most Americans would cringe to even speak of. John Stewart had no issues whatsoever with bringing his big personality to the forefront and tackle any issue big or small.
John’s main mission was to make a point…..don’t take the media at face value……a man who showed us the best way to confront the ignorance of the world, is to be a well-informed individual.
The half-hour-long show premiered on July 21, 1996, and was hosted by Craig Kilborn until December 1998. Jon Stewart took over as host in January 1999, making the show more strongly focused on politics and the national media, in contrast with the pop culture focus during Kilborn’s tenure. Stewart’s version is currently the second-longest-running program on Comedy Central, after South Park, and has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards.
John Stewart is also one of the most generous men in the media world. Always willing to be the butt of the joke and always willing to be the straight man so his fellow comedic writers on his show would shine. Shine they did, as Stewart was always present to support his follow comedians.
The Daily Show has featured a number of well-known comedians throughout its run and is notable for boosting the careers of several of these. Steve Carell, who was a correspondent between 1999 and 2005 before moving on to a movie career and starring television role in The Office, credits Stewart and The Daily Show with his success. In 2005, the show’s longest-serving correspondent, Stephen Colbert, became the host of the spin-off The Colbert Report, earning critical and popular acclaim, and has been selected to replace David Letterman as host of CBS’s Late Show in 2015. Ed Helms, a former correspondent from 2002 to 2006, also starred on NBC’s The Office and was a main character in the 2009 hit The Hangover and 2015 Vacation Movie. In June 2010, actress-comedian Olivia Munn began a tryout period on the show as a correspondent. Munn appeared as a Daily Show correspondent in a total of 16 episodes, from June 2010 to September 2011.
Spanning into other spin-off shows:
The Colbert Report, a spin-off of The Daily Show starring former correspondent Stephen Colbert premiered on October 17, 2005 and ended on December 18, 2014. Another spin-off series hosted by contributor Larry Wilmore entitled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore premiered on January 19, 2015, replacing The Colbert Report. The Daily Show also helped lead to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, an HBO series hosted by former correspondent John Oliver, who had previously guest-hosted The Daily Show in the summer of 2013. Don’t worry folks The Daily Show is not being canceled, it will still be around on Comedy Central with new host Trevor Noah.
John Stewart over the years on Charlie Rose
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