A high­light reel

Plenty of mo­ments to look back on as Jon Stewart’s pre­pares to leave ‘The Daily Show’

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When he leaves Com­edy Cen­tral’s “The Daily Show” on Aug. 6 af­ter host­ing nearly 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart will have logged too many great mo­ments to count.

But here are 10 Stewart high­lights — both on and off the show — worth remembering:

HAIL TO THE CHIEF

(De­cem­ber 2000) Re­port­ing on Ge­orge W. Bush’s re­marks as he clinched the pres­i­dency, Stewart re­played Bush declar­ing, “I was not elected to serve one party,” to which he re­torted, “You were not ELECTED.” Then back to Bush say­ing, “I ask for you to pray for this great na­tion.” To which Stewart added somberly, “We’re waaaaay ahead of you.”

GRIEF-STRICKEN

(Septem­ber 2001) On his first show fol­low­ing the Sept. 11 at­tacks, Stewart, with his emo­tions barely in check, de­liv­ered a soul­bear­ing state­ment of grief, “so that we can drain what­ever ab­scess is in our hearts and move on to the busi­ness of mak­ing you laugh, which we haven’t been able to do very ef­fec­tively lately.”

NO MON­KEY BUSI­NESS

(Oc­to­ber 2004) Stewart ap­peared as a guest on CNN’s quar­rel­some “Cross­fire,” where he star­tled its hosts by crit­i­ciz­ing them for their “par­ti­san hack­ery” and “do­ing theatre when you should be do­ing de­bate.”

HOL­LY­WOOD TURN

(March 2006) Stewart hosted the Os­cars twice – in 2008 and two years be­fore, when in his mono­logue he noted that two of the nom­i­nated films, “Good Night and Good Luck” and “Capote,” were about “de­ter­mined jour­nal­ists de­fy­ing ob­sta­cles in a re­lent­less pur­suit of the truth. Need­less to say,” he added point­edly, “both are pe­riod pieces.”

FUNNY BUSI­NESS

(March 2009) Stewart took on CNBC, un­reel­ing video of the fi­nan­cial news net­work’s per­son­al­i­ties mak­ing howl­ingly wrong fore­casts for mar­ket be­hav­iour. Then, af­ter “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer booked ap­pear­ances on CNBC sis­ter net­works NBC and MSNBC to rail against Stewart, the “Daily Show” host “re­sponded” with make-be­lieve ap­pear­ances on other Vi­a­com se­ries, in­sert­ing him­self into MTV’s “The Hills” and Nick­elodeon’s “Dora the Ex­plorer.”

BECK-OLA

(March 2010) Then still a ma­jor draw on Fox News Chan­nel, Glenn Beck was lam­pooned by Stewart in a vir­tu­osic im­per­son­ation of the con­ser­va­tive cham­pion, com­plete with Beck’s the­atrics, byzan­tine pro­nounce­ments and, of course, many black­boards as he bat­tled his volatile emo­tions: “As I look around at all the truly ran­dom things that I scrib­bled, I promised my­self that I would cry.”

RALLY BIG SHOW

(Oc­to­ber 2010) Aired live on Com­edy Cen­tral and staged at Washington’s Na­tional Mall, “The Rally to Re­store San­ity and/or Fear” was staged by Stewart and “Col­bert Re­port” host Stephen Col­bert as a goofy, star-stud­ded three-hour va­ri­ety show with a se­ri­ous so­cial mes­sage: Amer­i­cans aren’t as di­vided and at odds as the politi­cians who rep­re­sent them or as the media por­tray them. “The im­age of Amer­i­cans that is re­flected back to us by our po­lit­i­cal and media process is false,” Stewart de­clared. “It is us, through a fun house mir­ror.”

KEY OF F-WORD

( June 2010) Hav­ing let loose dur­ing an ear­lier comic tirade against Fox News with a sim­ple bleeped pro­posal that the chan­nel (bleep) it­self, Stewart re­turned to the sub­ject a few nights later lead­ing a hal­lelu­jah cho­rus in a rous­ing mu­si­cal re­it­er­a­tion that Fox News, for preach­ing “Fair and Bal­anced” but sel­dom de­liv­er­ing, should in­deed (bleep) it­self.

WING­ING IT

(March 2014) Af­ter Malaysia Air­lines flight MH370 dis­ap­peared, CNN, with so much time to fill but scant in­for­ma­tion, de­cided to “go nuts,” as Stewart summed up in a seg­ment lam­poon­ing the du­bi­ous news judg­ment of wall-to-wall cov­er­age with noth­ing new to say yet am­ple use of “big fake air­planes, lit­tle fake air­planes, holo­graphic air­planes!” Then he ran a clip of a CNN an­chor, in a flight of fancy, sug­gest­ing that a psy­chic be re­tained to find the plane.

ALIEN REA­SON­ING

( June-July 2015) Stewart made the most of Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy, treat­ing it as comic gold. On one show in July, he re­called Trump hav­ing said he “as­sumes” that not ev­ery­one il­le­gally en­ter­ing the U.S. from Mexico is a rapist. “By the law of av­er­ages,” Stewart ex­plained, a few of those im­mi­grants are “un­able to rape for med­i­cal rea­sons,” or maybe are “all raped out.”

AP PHOTO

This Nov. 30, 2011, photo shows tele­vi­sion host Jon Stewart dur­ing a tap­ing of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in New York. Stewart will sign off for good on Aug. 6.

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