“The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart has announced some of the guests for his final week hosting the show.
According to Mr. Stewart, “Rescue Me” actor Denis Leary, comedian Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer of “Trainwreck” will appear on the show on the week of Aug. 3.
“We’re going to have a ball,” Stewart said on the July 30 episode of “The Daily Show” of his last week. “And I can’t wait to show my appreciation at all the support and enthusiasm that you guys have given the show all these years.”
He didn’t mention who the guest or guests will be for the final episode, which will air on Aug. 6.
Stewart has hosted the program for 16 years, seeing it through multiple elections. He announced this February that he would be departing the show. Multiple “Daily” alumni have gone on to host or star in their own programs, including Stephen Colbert, who hosted the Comedy Central program “The Colbert Report” and is now set to take over for David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show,” and John Oliver, who currently hosts HBO’s program “Last Week Tonight.”
Stewart took a break from “Daily” before – during the summer of 2013, Mr. Oliver served as host for the program while Stewart was directing the film “Rosewater,” which was based on the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari and his time being imprisoned in Iran.
Comedian Trevor Noah is set to take over as “Daily Show” host. Mr. Noah has previously appeared on the Comedy Central program in segments that include one on Boko Haram and one about chess.
Those who checked out Noah’s Twitter account after he was announced as the next host found some old tweets that some called anti-Semitic, sexist, and racist. Noah himself recently discussed the controversy at a Television Critics Association summer event.
“I don’t strive to be offensive,” he said. “But you can never control what people find is offensive or not. Any joke can be seen as offensive. When people get to know you, and when you know a person, you know the context of a joke. Luckily, Comedy Central hasn’t limited me to 140 characters on the show, so I should be able to [better explain the material.]”