I will say that in the category of best “last episodes” ever, Jon Stewart’s last show as host of The Daily Show ranks up there as one of the best. Sure, David Letterman and Stephen Colbert’s were good when it comes to recent memory – but not like this. In a lot of ways this felt like any normal episode. Granted, it wasn’t at a typical show – but they pulled it off so perfectly that it felt like one.
First, Stewart started out by acting as if he was going to devote the show to the GOP presidential debate that had just ended. It was clear he was setting up what would eventually turn into literally every correspondent who’s ever worked for Stewart making an appearance.
Even Darth Vader made an appearance, telling Stewart how pissed he is that he’s been compared to Dick Cheney.
Then came the guest appearances, which were absolutely hilarious.
First up? Arby’s CEO Paul Brown. Yes, the CEO of Stewart’s food nemesis made a guest appearance, declaring, “Jon Stewart, it’s like TV threw up on your face.”
Then came appearances from:
- Chris Christie: I’ll never forget you Jon, but I will be trying.
- Charles Rangel: Good riddance, smartass.
- Chuck Schumer: Don’t go. Come back. Jon, I’m being sarcastic.
- Hillary Clinton: And just when I was running for president. What a bummer.
- Mika and Joe from MSNBC’s Morning Joe: See ya, pipsqueak.
- Rahm Emanuel: Who has 9 1/2 fingers and won’t miss you at all? This guy.
- Wolf Blitzer: Jon, I just don’t know what to say. (With “Screw You, Stewart” on the screen behind him)
- Lindsey Graham: I’m sure you’ll be missed by somebody.
- John Kerry: You know, there are a lot of things happening in the world that keep me up at night. Which is why I’ve relied on you to put me to sleep.
- Bill O’Reilly: Have fun feeding your rabbits, quitter.
- John McCain: So long, jackass.
Then came several more correspondents such as Ed Helm and John Oliver.
And while no one really knew what tonight’s episode was going to be like, we all figured Stephen Colbert was going to be a big part of it. In fitting form, he was the last person to make an appearance.
After Colbert compared Stewart to Frodo from the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a hilarious back and forth between the two, Stewart thought it was time to go to a commercial break… but not quite yet.
Colbert had other plans. That’s when he went on to thank Stewart (who apparently has always told people never to thank him because he doesn’t feel they owe him anything) for everything he has done and the impact he’s made on so many lives. The words literally drove Stewart to tears. You could tell instantly he had no idea this was planned – but he knew the moment Colbert interrupted the show going to commercial break what was coming.
‘You are infuriatingly good at your job!,” Colbert said, reiterating how Stewart has been such an influence on so many people who’ve worked with him.
You can say what you want about Stewart. You can hate him all you want, but you will never see the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly get a sendoff like Stewart received. This final show was truly a testament to the person Stewart is, the impact he’s made during his 16 years as host of The Daily Show, and the people who know and love him.
Jon Stewart’s finale easily ranks as one of the best ones I’ve ever seen.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:
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