Tonight, we were finally forced to say a sad and bittersweet farewell to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.
Intensive amounts of cheers opened up the show as Jon spoke about his final show. However, rather than continuing with a speech about his final show, Stewart did as he has always done: “I feel somewhat of a responsibility,” he said. “Nay, an obligation, to devote the entirety of our last show to our standard post-debate full-team coverage.” And Stewart did just that.
Jon continued the show, introducing the current team members as well as bringing back past correspondents such as Louis Black, Rob Corddry, Wyatt Cenac, Steve Carell, and many more. Stewart spent a great deal of time introducing, catching up with past correspondents and having a seemingly great time. Trevor Noah even took a step in to measure his new desk.
Rather than having a traditional guest at the end of the show, Stewart had a series of guests surprise him throughout the night in person and by sending videos. These guests included Olivia Munn, Rob Riggle, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, Bill O’Reilly, Ed Helms, John Oliver, and more.
Jon addressed the audience once again, issuing a heartfelt thank you. Then, as Stewart was about to go to a commercial, Steven Colbert stepped onto the stage, demanding to be recognized. The pair were finally reunited and able to use their comedic genius to entertain the audience side by side in some of the final moments of the show.
Jon Stewart, once again attempting to go to a commercial break, was interrupted again by Colbert, this time genuinely surprising Stewart. “We owe you because we learn from you, by example, how to do a show with intention,” said Colbert. “You are infuriatingly good at your job… we are better people for having known you. You are a great artist and a good man… on behalf of so many people whose lives you have changed over the last 16 years, thank you.” Upon Stewart finally cueing for commercial, all of the correspondents, current and past, in the studio flooded the stage and engaged in a group hug, Stewart smashed in the center.
Returning from the break, Jon returned to being alone at his desk, speaking to the audience. “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been and I’ll never have that again,” Jon said. Rather than talking about the people that he had worked with over the years, Stewart put together a clip for audiences to see it for themselves. “They’re the best in the business,” said Stewart.
“Maybe one last time, we’ll maybe have a little camera three,” Stewart suggested, turning to speak directly to the camera once again. “Bullshit is everywhere,” he laughed. Stewart continued in his classic form, making fun of the media’s portrayal of many news stories as “three different flavors of bullshit.” There is a reason for this speech; Stewart has been calling out false information portrayed by the news for the last sixteen years and continues to do so into his last moments on the air.
All humor set aside, Stewart closed his final show with a final speech, thanking Comedy Central, his family, the audience, and many others for their continued and unconditional support. “There is so much love and pride filling the building right now that we just don’t want to drown it in saline.”
“This show isn’t ending. We are merely taking a small pause in the conversation. That’s our show.”
The show closed with Jon Stewart’s favorite band, Bruce Springsteen’s The E Street.
You can tweet about Jon’s final show using the hashtag #JonVoyage.
Thank you for a wonderful sixteen years of smiles and laughs, Jon. Cheers.