JON STEWART’S LEGACY
SET TO HANG UP THE SUIT, TIE AND LITTLE PEN AFTER 16 YEARS ON AIR, WE ROUND-UP THOSE WHO OWE STEWART SOME THANKS FOR THEIR COMEDY CAREERS.
Before The Hangover series (and the $1.8bn it’s raked in), Helms presented The Daily Show segments like ‘Digital Watch’. Remember the anti-spam newsletter, which offered to “send hundreds of tips, everyday, on how you can get rid of annoying email”? Handy.
Though a working comedian before first appearing on The Daily Show, Carell’s stint as a deadpan current affairs reporter holds up as some of his best work. Watch him argue the merits of religion with Stephen Colbert, and try telling us we’re wrong.
We’re not saying the wheels came off after he left in 2007, but his next project was the rather shortlived TV ‘comedy’ The Winner.
After developing his trademark persona, he landed The Colbert Report in 2005, hosting it for nearly a decade (we feel old). Last year, Colbert was announced as the man to fill a certain David Letterman’s shoes, starting September 8.
As the British reporter, and capable sometimehost, he was never anything less than hilarious. We miss Oliver calling CNN a bunch of “goat fuckers” but he’s in Australia next month for John Oliver Live, so see you there. And don’t forget Last Week Tonight.
The regular correspondent was hand-picked to fill Stewart’s chair after his departure. Great news. Unfortunately, the South African had forgotten to delete old tweets, like “Lionel Messi doesn’t go down easy, just like Jewish chicks”. Oh dear.
Leaving The Daily Show earlier this year as its longest-serving correspondent, Bee’s interview style is proof you give idiots enough rope, the rest will take care of itself. Luckily, it’s not the last we’ll see of her, with her own satirical news show in the works. Stay tuned.
Another to land his own gig, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore will fill the gap left by Colbert’s move to Letterman’s late-night spot. Has received strong reviews from the get-go, and airs express from the US here on The Comedy Channel. The last The Daily Show with Jon Stewart airs August 6.