It’s going to be a sad day when Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show for good on Thursday, Aug. 6. No one has skewered politicians, landed important interviews or tackled cultural issues with the same impact as the former stand-up comedian.
While we’re excited to see what Stewart’s replacement, Trevor Noah, brings to the table, just looking back at some of the host’s most memorable clips from over the years has us missing him already.
The Eric Garner controversy
When a grand jury refused to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner (the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide), Stewart took the opportunity to bring light to the situation. Then he actually lightened things up by sharing a video of kittens..
Ferguson and Fox
When an unarmed teenager was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, Stewart once again skewed Fox News for their colourblind reporting. Because it really was that ridiculous.
The Charleston shooting
“I have nothing other than… sadness” he says, referring to the ongoing racial issues that we “pretend don’t exist.” Bang. On.
“Comedy shouldn’t be an act of courage,” Stewart states in this powerful clip following the horrific attack in France.
This Crossfire session
Okay so this isn’t technically from the show itself, but it’s a great example of Stewart just being Stewart, and saying it like it is.
Obviously most Torontonians want to forget the reign of Rob Ford, but deep down it was also great to get some Canadian attention on the show. Also, who didn’t want to see how far this would all actually go?
If you’re a crazed right-winger, Stewart will find you.
Similar to Ford (in terms of embarrassing a nation), we want to see how far this will actually go. Sadly, we won’t get many more of these comments from Stewart before then. We will, however, take what we can get.
Let’s not forget that he introduced the world to this guy…
Steve’s been a recurring guest on the show for years and for good reason; the friendship between these two is one of our faves.
The Colbert Rapport
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remember all of the great comparisons, debates and all-around general fun times with these two.
THE ALL-AROUND IMPACTFUL
Forgive us, but can you really blame us for wanting more of this?
I Am Malala
Malala Yousafzai made headlines for her strong political stance, but no one got her to open up the way Stewart did in this exclusive, unedited interview.
The post-9/11 speech
Between Letterman’s statements and this clip, in which Stewart broke down in tears, these were some of the most powerful moments on television.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart wraps Thursday, Aug. 5 at midnight on CTV.