Subscribe

'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart': Here's who could appear on Stewart's final episode

Stewart's last episode as host of 'The Daily Show' will air on Aug. 6. Here's who could pop up to pay tribute to the comedian.

  • close
    The final episode of 'The Daily Show' with Jon Stewart as host is set to air on Aug. 6.
    Brad Barket/AP
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

The last “Daily Show” episode hosted by Jon Stewart is set to air on Aug. 6, bringing the comedian’s 16-year tenure to a close.

Stewart has skewered politicians and the media through multiple elections and the Comedy Central show under his watch has launched various stars, including Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Larry Wilmore, Ed Helms, and John Oliver. 

He announced this past February that he would be leaving the show, saying, “I don’t have any specific plans. Got a lot of ideas. I got a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people… this show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you.”

He took a brief break in the summer of 2013 to direct the film “Rosewater.” Oliver served as guest host in his place. 

“Daily Show” correspondent Trevor Noah will be taking over hosting duties and Stewart’s guests during his final week of hosting have included actor Denis Leary, Amy Schumer of “Trainwreck,” and Louis C.K. of the FX show “Louie.”

What can we expect from the last episode with Stewart? It seems more than likely that Colbert, who is set to take over CBS’s “Late Show,” will stop by (Stewart popped up on Colbert’s last episode of Colbert's Comedy Central program “The Colbert Report”). It also is possible that old colleagues like Carell, Helms, Oliver, Jason Jones, or Samantha Bee will make their way back. 

In addition, Stewart recently named comedian Colin Quinn as one of his favorite guests, along with Louis C.K. and Denis Leary, who both appeared on the show this week. Since Quinn has not, perhaps he’ll appear for Stewart’s final show. Stewart has also said in the past that he’s a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, so the musician is a possibility as well.

“The Daily Show” led by Jon Stewart changed both late-night television and politics. The program won multiple Emmy Awards and became an integral part of the political process, with a recent poll from the Public Religion Research Institute finding that 11 percent of adults 18 to 29 trusted “Daily” and “The Colbert” the most of any news source. 

His high profile also meant that he could bring attention to a cause, as he did with a bill that devoted federal money to the health care of 9/11 responders. The bill passed and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, said, “Jon shining such a big, bright spotlight on Washington’s potentially tragic failure to put aside differences and get this done for America was, without a doubt, one of the biggest factors that led to the final agreement.”

Some recently questioned how much effect the Obama administration had on Stewart when it was revealed that he had met with the president multiple times. Stewart himself said, “We spent about five to seven minutes with Obama kind of scolding me not to turn young Americans cynical and I spent about five to seven minutes explaining to him I'm actually skeptically idealistic.”

Noah is set to take over in September.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK