By Josh Axelrod and Anamika Roy
JOSH: I was just innocently checking Facebook on my phone while waiting for a bus a few hours ago when I came across this Entertainment Weekly headline: “Jon Stewart Leaving The Daily Show.” My heart practically skipped a beat. I began to check around the Internet and, sure enough, the rumor was true.
At the taping of tonight’s edition of “The Daily Show,” Stewart announced that he would be stepping down from the desk he has sat behind for over 15 years by the end of this year, when his contract is set to expire.
USA Today published this statement from Comedy Central President Michelle Ganeless: “”For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, ‘The Daily Show’ has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come.”
ANAMIKA: Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge news/politics junkie. For better or for worse, the credit for that goes to Jon Stewart. Starting in high school, I have watched “The Daily Show” and anything that has Jon Stewart’s name on it religiously. Even today, there are important issues about our country and how we view the rest of the world that I have learned from watching “The Daily Show.” When there’s something in the news that is overwhelming or complex to the point where I have trouble forming an informed opinion on it, I turn on “The Daily Show” and ask Jon Stewart for answers. For our generation, he is the most trusted newsman.
Before this starts to sound like a eulogy, let me say that while Jon’s Stewart’s time at “The Daily Show” might be ending this year (and maybe even “The Daily Show” itself, if Comedy Central knows what’s good for it), I’m really excited to see what he does next. He has a following and a mind that is needed in this country more than ever and I hope he puts it to good use.
So we have one more year of Stewart’s smart, snarky wit gracing our TVs four nights a week. There’s only one way to cope with the impending hole this is going to leave in our lives: Go down a rabbit hole of “Daily Show” clips. Here are a few of our favorites:
Stewart Interviews Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway’s description of her new movie (“Song One”) was so depressing that she and Jon Stewart burst out laughing and could never recompose themselves. It’s one of the few times watching other people laugh is funnier than anything they could actually be saying.
Stewart Destroys Jim Cramer
Jim Cramer shouldn’t have accepted Stewart’s invite to come on his show for a verbal sparring match. You can’t beat Jon Stewart with words; he’s way too smart for that. Jim Cramer was completely unable to defend himself while Jon Stewart accused of being a liar in front of a national TV audience. Stewart has had more important interviews, but this was his most impressive.
Hall and Oates Remember Alan Colmes
Poor Alan Colmes. He spent years getting abused by his Fox colleagues before finally leaving in 2008. Stewart immortalized Colmes’s time at Fox with a little help from Daryl Hall and John Oates. As they sang: “You’re the only non-douchebag on that show.” Truer words have never been spoken.
The best ones are on the Comedy Central website to take you further down “The Daily Show” rabbit hole: Donald Trump eats pizza with a fork, Jon Stewart press conference, the dildo wheel, Nazi cows and of course, the Passover Faith/Off