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.

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Ed Helms

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.

Steve Carell

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.

Rob Corddry

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.

Stephen Col­bert

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.

John Oliver

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.

Trevor Noah

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.

Sa­man­tha Bee

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.

Larry Wil­more

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.

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