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Shalom, Jon Stewart

The liberal lion steps down as host of The Daily Show after 16 years

by
Jonathan Zalman
August 06, 2015
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Hillary Rodham Clinton appears on 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' in New York City, October 8, 2003. (Scott Gries/Getty Images for The Daily Show)(Scott Gries/Getty Images for The Daily Show)The Daily Show

We’ve covered Jon Stewart quite a lot over the years—mostly because of his run as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, which comes to a close on Thursday night, while keeping in mind his wonderfully Jewy given name, Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz. And, after 16 inspired years as a “fake” anchor, Stewart has deserved the attention: night after night he has trashed the messaging of network and cable news products, pricking at their methods with the sharp needle of media satire.

His delivery, backed by some incredible writing and interview rangling, proliferated the genre of “fake news,” and launched into superstardom (with the help of the Internet) the careers of a number of comedians who themselves went on to host their own Jon Stewart-esque shows, including Larry WilmoreStephen Colbert and John Oliver.

One of my personal Jon Stewart favorites, which I imagine makes a majority of best-of-Jon-Stewart-lists, didn’t actually occur on his show. Instead, it happened on CNN’s Crossfire on October 15, 2004. (Crossfire was then cancelled by January 2005.)

And here is Stewart being introduced as the new host of The Daily Show by the outgoing host, Craig Kilborn (begin at 8:03):

The following is our Stewart-related over the years, from a mash-up of his Jewish humor, to his in-the-works animal sanctuary:

Chuckles by Marc Tracy

Jon Stewart’s Jewnacular by Jonathan Zalman

Jon Stewart is a Prophet by Hadara Graubart

Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.

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