The penultimate episode featured a sentimental Stewart who quipped that “the world is demonstrably worse than when I started”.
Tonight’s episode kicked off with a bang, with all of the correspondents returning to “cover” the Republican debate.
Stewart, for once, could barely hold back the tears.
Stewart’s never shied away from mocking Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, and in this clip he points out how her views on maternity leave changed after she popped out a baby. It’s not that his role on The Daily Show directly led to that Oscar nomination but it was no doubt a part of his journey.
Carell said that “becoming an global superstar is just something I did while awaiting my next assignment”.
Next, Hilary Clinton, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and more political powerhouses said goodbye, including Arizona Sen. Chuck Schumer and John McCain.
“So long jacka-“, he joked.
Watching Stephen Colbert and Stewart try to get through this segment on Prince Charles’ sex scandal without cracking up is a true gift from the comedy heavens. “How to treat people with respect”.
“We are better people for having known you“, Colbert said to an emotional Stewart. The latter brought everyone to the stage to hug and dance, with Stewart dancing with his children, then kissing them on the top of their heads.
“The thing I’m going to miss most about this place is the people I work with”, said Stewart, praising their “inspiration, ideas, tenacity”. Even Wyatt Cenac – who recently alleged that Stewart cursed him out during a heated argument behind the scenes – made an appearance (albeit not in the studio) to assure the host, “Yeah, I’m good”.
Stewart says goodbye on Thursday, August 6, 2015, after 16 years on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that established him as America’s foremost satirist of politicians and the media.
As Stewart’s show neared its close, he delivered the monologue about “bullshit”.
After the taping ended around 7:45 p.m., audience members sounded giddy about the chance to see Stewart sign off.
He regaled the audience on certain policies he disagreed with and asked they take a longer look.
Colbert did a bit based on Lord of the Rings – he called Stewart “Frodo” – and then Stewart thought it was over and threw to commercial. The best defence against bull– is vigilance.