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the force behind the machine was jon stewart. >> he became -- did you watch jon stewart last night. >> you're getting into a bad place, my friend. >> he will be revered as blurring the lines between news and comedy. >> how the hell did we end up here. >> and when he hit his stride, nobody in public life or media was safe. >> i believe you helped the administration take us to like the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we've made like in like 100 years but you seem lovely. >> he's done a very good job of keeping people attached. he was relentless. >> he was so armed with facts and quips, they have no idea what is coming. >> it is a bermuda try ang of logic where questions are answered before they are asked. >> after more than 2500 episodes, jon stewart has decided to move on.
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>> i won't miss me. [ laughter ] >> he may be about the only person saying that. >> i think he's changed the media and politics more than he will ever admit, but what i will miss is watching him on tv. >> i have big news -- this is it! >> put a stamp on it. >> "john stewart has left the building." before jon stewart became the iconic host of the daily show, in fact before there was a daily show or even comedy central, stewart moves to new york during the 1980s comedy boom to make a name for himself. by the early 1990s he's a regular on the circuit. >> he's very cute and very smart and very funny and that is kind of all you can ask for in a c e comedi comedian. >> just really fun because you are watching someone at the height of their talents doing
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something they do incredibly well. >> his crowd is engaging and has a broad appeal, as seen here at the montreal just for laughed comedy festival. >> if i have to sit through one more tragic profile of a courageous athlete. >> he wants a medal. give him a medal. >> in 1992 he starts in television with the first of several assignments on the channel of the moment, mtv. >> if you saw him do stand-up comedy you knew this guy is very funny. the trick is how do you channel that into a tv show. >> the jon stewart show premiers on mtv in 1993 and moves into syndication the following year. >> i actually saw the movie. >> you did? >> yeah. and i didn't care for it. >> but the show is hardly a hit. >> it was ahead of its time and it was in the wrong market syndication. you have to be successfully really quickly or you are ow. that show died a long, slow,
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painful public death. >> he gets his shot at the movies but the notices aren't stellar. >> i would say that it is a really good thing that he's great at what he does and that -- everybody is not always great at everything. >> i think he's own toughest critic about his film acting. >> it called for -- it was supposed to be a devinely handsome man, and i don't know, i guess they were walking the cat walk that day. who knows. they couldn't find one. so they got down to i think smart ass and that was me. >> while stewart is trying his hand at the silver screen, comedy central is developing a new program called "the daily show." >> they set out to do a half an hour info-tainment show. >> the show premiers on july 22nd, 1996. >> give a reason to viewers when
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something happens in the world, they are going to need to tune to comedy central to find out how we were going to spin whatever happened in the world. >> so we said, we're not going to do a show of jokes about the news, we're going to do a news show that is funny. >> the show lifts comedy central's ratings. in 1998, kill born is collected to take over the late, late show on cbs. jon stewart seems an unlikely replacement but the match is made nonetheless. >> when jon was chosen to replace craig, it was a little bit surprised because i had seen his standup act and there was nothing political about it. >> i remember the writer saying will he wear a suit and him getting really ---ed they would ask him that. and the funny thing about a suit is you can buy them in stores and when you put them on, you're a guy wearing a suit. >> in december of 1998, the
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transition begins. >> tell me about that show for people who haven't seen it. >> it is really -- it is a take on the news. >> it feels weird. when you are doing a show that satirizes the news you're almost cheering for chaos which is an odd position to be in. >> the transition is complete on january 11th, 1999, when the newly rebranded program, "the daily show" with jon stewart airs for the first time. >> welcome. [ applause ] >> welcome, welcome to the daily show. craig is on assignment in kuala lumpur. i'm jon stewart. >> they had great ratings in the demographic. >> welcome michael j. fox. >> the first couple of years he was there, were guests in town promoting a movie or celebrities or comedians. >> please welcome sarah jessica parker. >> please welcome sandra
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bullock. >> it became apparent that he wanted to talk to people with books. >> he has the background and the interviews and doing the reporting there and he has his take on it and it is all happening at once and at a high level and it is funny and it goes fast. like nobody can do that. >> presidential candidate steve forbes adding his 2 billion cents calling it a flagrant example of judicial activism. i believe in marriage. just like his dear old dad. >> everything had to have a point of view. you couldn't just do a story for the sake of this is funny. it had to have a point of view and he wanted to go after the high targets, the people who were up on a pedestal and needed to be taken down. jon was amazing in an edit room. you would come back with a field piece and jon would say move that there and change that piece of vid and you would go okay grudgingly and then say oh, wow, it is way better.
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>> jon came on and took it to a whole new level and gave it a voice. >> and it clicked when the came started. >> he's behind the desk for a year when it is time for the 2000 presidential campaign. the team launchedin decision 2000. >> when steve carell and i were given access to john mccain's straight talk express during the new hampshire primary, that was -- nobody had gotten any sort of access like that before. >> we couldn't really believe that we were getting the kind of access that we were. it was fun. >> the moment i'm going to close my eyes and count down from ten at which point my colleagues will scatter throughout the convention center. we just thought that would be the funnest way. >> people had to start taking us seriously. but politicians had to take "the daily show" seriously. >> we realized we have to do a good job because people are paying attention.
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as the 2000 campaign progressed, journalists and on-air people and the actual politicians started becoming fans. >> and then on november 7tth, 2000, for the first time in the modern era, there is no clear winner after election day. >> so as you can see -- it is never going to end. >> i think that the 2000 election was a turning point both for the show and for the way that the rest of the world specifically the media, viewed the show. >> the indecision 2000 thing was like a gift from god. >> florida legislature to name states electors. among the names being considered, sheedy mcsteel for bush. >> campaign 2000 is where you saw a young guy with a lot of potential just pick up the baton from kill borne and run to the finish line and they pulled it
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off superbly. >> it seems like it was the perfect storm for that to happen and he was the perfect guy to do it. he had the right mix of intelligence and humor. it became, did you watch jon stewart last night? >> decision 2000 wins the peabody award for public service. >> congratulations on the peabody. >> it became what it was spoofing. it was a place you went to watch for the news, not the news lampoon. i think the discussion of 2000 made people laugh from 11:00 to 11:30, it was actual dialogue. >> coming up -- >> he went from interesting to hot to unavoidable. >> when "john stewart has left the building" continues.
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if i were a tree i would be a -- >> if i were a tree, i would be a -- root. >> what does that mean? >> "the daily show"'s week long indecision 2000 coverage and antics on the campaign trail catapult jon stewart into the media stratosphere. >> it just seems like a fun circus and a fun place to be and unusual and unlike what people are doing on tv. >> i'm not sure the role of the united states is going around the world and saying this is the way it's gotta be. >> over the years stewart develops a no hold bars approach. if you fumble or don't get your facts straight, stewart called you out. >> he has made newsmakers and politicians and people in the media conscious of what their guffaws are, consciously trying to avoid guffaws. you see people that do stuff and articulate, oh, it is going to
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end up on the daily show. >> we must and we will much about that be committed. >> that was either a screw-up or some profound yoda [ bleep ]. >> he would hit me on a gaffes, and it would be funny but kind of nudge you. sometimes it would be something totally comical or sometimes it would be almost like you could do better than that, reverend allen. you take it as a ha ha. you better sharpen that up. but you never took it personally. >> but stewart's talents stood far beyond poking fun at politicians an the media. the audience comes to depend on it as a reliant source of information. >> if i want to pick out one thing in guns, it might be the phrase minor shooting.
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>> jon stewart was a voice for left-leaning liberals and intelligent ones but not ones following blindly. they would question everything at every step of the way, whether it was the other party or their own. they are like, wait a minute. why are we doing this. and even worse, why are they doing that. >> here we go. chaos -- >> international news for the last 10-15 years has been depressing. >> it has been a tough time and i think a lot of people wanted to tune it out. but jon stewart could make people smile. he could make them realize, yes, what is going on overseas is complicated and depressing but i'm going to tell you in a way that would make you laugh and that is how people got engaged. >> every year it came out that most young people got most of
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their news from the daily show and that there was something wrong with that but what was behind that though is that he seems trust worthy and part of that trust, that turned him as a comedian into a trusted source of news, part of that trust is emotional trust that you actually have to believe in his authentic, human take on whatever it is he's talking about. >> with a loyal and growing following, a who's who from hollywood to washington, d.c., and everywhere in between, starts to take notice. >> this just in, brokaw interviewed by jackass. nailed it. >> this was for people with serious political ambition and that was the amazing thing. and that is attributed to jon and the intelligence of the writers on the show. >> he has one of the largest following and viewerships in america and if you want votes or
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ticket buyers or people to buy your book or whatever it is you are trying to get to a mass. >> he has a dependable mass base. so he became -- he went from being interesting to hot, to unavoidable. >> stewart is not only admired by his fans but by his peers as well. >> jon knows his stuff. he doesn't go into an interview not knowing his stuff. >> jon read all of the authors books that he had on the show which is crazy. he reads a book like people look through menus or pamphlets. >> i remember going on the daily show once when my book came out. i wrote a book caused "drift" on national security issues. >> i just treated it like a second job. >> it is making everybody look bad is what i'm saying. i don't think anybody appreciate that. >> not only had he read the book, but he had read the other books in the field that i thought were relevant to, you know, the context of what i'd
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written about. there is no substitute for doing that work and doing your own thinking and coming up with that analysis and that is in part why he is so consistently engaging for all of these years, which is that he want bringing something new to the table every single night and it was his own take on the issue and that is irreplaceable. >> hello and are you ready to restore sanity! [ cheering and applause ] >> in 2010, jon stewart takes his wildly popular show on the road. more than 200,000 attend the rally to restore sanity and or fear in washington, d.c. co-hosted by stewart and stephen colbert. >> we work together to get things done every damn day! [ applause ] >> stewart slams washington and the media. >> the only place we don't, is
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here or on cable tv. >> he had the ability to really step up and challenge himself at calling out the rest of the media for not doing its job properly. >> if we amplify everything, we hear nothing. >> jon stewart has something to say and millions are listening. >> we're live, welcome to night of too many stars. in 2006. he begins to use his popularity to further a charitable cause. each year he calls on celebrity friends to raise money for autism. the night of too many stars has so far raised $18 million. >> everyone, the chance to reach -- >> while jon stewart is shining a light on a cause he holds dear, there is another charitable effort taking place much more privately. to provide professional opportunities to u.s. war
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veterans. >> american corporate partners reached out to jon stewart and asked him to mentor one veteran. >> american corporate partners is a not for profit organization that connected veterans like august dannel to business leaders. >> jon stewart said don't give me one, give me 24 or 20. and i want to take them through "the daily show" program and teach them what we do here. >> "the daily show" veteran emersion program is born and dannel is one of the first to work beside jon stewart and his staff. to date, more than 70 veterans have benefited from the program. >> jon stewart was very involved with us. it is amazing to know that there are people out there in the country for these returning veterans that are coming home, that really did care about them and do want them to succeed and will do things above and beyond to help them succeed. >> coming up -- on the air after
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for 16 years, jon stewart has made his daily show audience laugh. but he's also made them think. >> they felt he was not watering down the news. he was giving it in a language that everyone understood, intergenerational. young people could understand it but old people didn't have to ask their kids, what did he mean by that? >> the popularity grows an "the daily show" is a newsmaker itself. >> he had a great advantage. everyone wanted to be on his show. because he could have that power, he asked people anything and he usually did. >> when guests came on almost everything they did made some news and it powered a million blogs the next morning. >> all of the candidates want to be often even though they're afraid every time.
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>> i think i know whose side you are on. >> they are on america's side. >> and he's funny when he is on there. >> if you could, you could you hope up these common phrases that people hear. i'm calling to ask if your happy with your cell phone service. >> i'm calling to find out if your happy with your cell phone service. [ applause ] >> there is such an efficientness to the president and you don't feel like you know the person and when they are sitting there fooling around with jon stewart, maybe they have a sense that people see the other side of them. >> i'm issuing a new executive order. that jon stewart cannot leave the show. [ cheering and applause ] >> jon stewart is taken seriously by important guests. not only because he's popular, but because he sheds light on
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issues in a way no one else does. >> jon's brand of satire was valuable because people entertain information more when it entertains them. so if you can get an important idea across to me and make me laugh at the same time, i'm going to remember it. >> here he tackled george w. bush's tackling of the economy. >> it causes people to drive less. the market place works. >> it is interesting what the mortgage crisis has done. it's getting more people to live outside. market place works. >> stewart isn't afraid to challenge politicians on hot topics like climate change. >> how long will it take for the sea level to rise two feet. think about if your ice krub melts in your glass it doesn't overflow. it is displacement. this is what they are talking about that mathematically and scientifically don't make sense. >> are you bl[ bleep ] kidding ?
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>> he is an early critic of the iraq war which waged through much of his run as host of "the daily show." >> let's start with our coverage of mesopotamia. >> i think he was looking us to where is the evidence. just run the evidence past me one more type, i'm not sure i understand it and that is what journalists felt they had done in retrospect, is really question what is the impetuous for this? >> and by the way, you can have more of these screwups and more. just call now and enter. >> sometimes even for jon stewart, there is no punch line. >> jon stewart allowed himself the vulnerability of being emotional at times and not even knowing how to deal with it, except allowing the emotions to come out. >> and sometimes his authentic human take is sad or speechless, or moved in a way that makes him not want to be funny.
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>> i didn't do my job today. so i apologize. i got nothing for you in terms of like jokes and sounds. because of what happened in south carolina. >> and this wasn't a gimmick. this wasn't something that he was conjuring up. he had nothing. and then we went there with him because we had nothing. >> i honestly have nothing. other than just sadness, once again, that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping glacial wound that will not heal yet we protend doesn't exist. >> i think that captured a weariness about guns and mass violence and shootings. he just shared in our exhaustion of it all and there is something disarming about that. >> perhaps the most difficult moment in the show's history, finding the right words an 9/11.
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>> there is no other way to start the show than to ask you at home the question that we ask the audience here tonight and that we've asked everybody that we know here in new york since september 11th and that is are you okay? >> when jon spoke from the heart and didn't go for the joke, it was moving but the strength was that it gauges exactly what we need at that moment. >> any fool can destroy, but to see these guys, these firefighters, these policeman and people from all over the country literally with buckets rebuilding, that -- that is -- that's extraordinary. and that is why we've already won. >> we're all watching the show being taped and we're all standing around looking like, okay, who is going to be the first one to tart -- to start crying. >> the view from my apartment
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was the world trade center. and now it's gone. and they attacked it. this symbol of american ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination and commerce, and it is gone. but you know what the view is now? the statue of liberty. >> it was a really terrible, terrible time in new york. and i think what he did was really brave and eloquent and heart-felt and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. >> the view from the south of manhattan is now the statue of liberty. you can't beat that.
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i'm richard louie with the hour as top story. a peaceful march in ferguson, missouri, after brown was shot and killed by police officer darren wilson. a grand jury declined to indict wilson. he was cleared of violated michael brown's civil rights thereafter and sparking the black lives matter movement. now back to the jon stewart special. one thing we've learned during jon stewart's tenure at the daily show is if you are denying his logic, he will take
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you down. >> it is uncomfortable to watch but it wasn't in a case where you could seriously argue that it wasn't just a little bit deserved. >> no one is off limited. even world leaders like former pakistani president musharraf. >> last time you were here i asked you where osama bin laden was. funny story. as it turns out, he was there. so -- that was weird. >> stewart also confronted journalists like judith miller. >> i believed you helped the administration take us to the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we've seen in a hundred years but you seem lovely. >> he does a good job. he was relentless. the more they would dig in firing back he would dig in
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going after them. so he couldn't be intimidated. >> and stewart isn't intimidated by sacred institutions like chicago style pizza. >> this is not pizza. this is tomato soup in a bread bowl. this is an above ground marinara swimming pool for rats. >> and no person or entity is a bigger target of the daily show than fox news. >> your job is to discredit any source of criticism that might hurt the conservative brand. >> fox news is the gift that keep on giving. you think, boy, you have good comedy writers. it is chilly, but it is funny. >> for all of you kids watching at home, santa is white and this person is arguing that maybe we should also have a black santa. but santa is what he is and so you know we're debating this because someone wrote about it, kids. >> if anything made him angry is when he could point out that someone is saying something that
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is a blatant lie or completely wrong and you could feel the anger and fury coming out. >> chaos on bull [ bleep ] mountain. >> he spends the entire show impersonating the antic of then host glenn beck. >> i'm not sure there is a standard for how much lead can be in our paint might lead to the government to sterilize and kill jews. i'm not saying that might be the case. i'm saying that is the case. >> but his favorite sparring partner at fox is bill o'reilly. >> like anyone else, i love the o'reilly interviews. they are crazy television. >> you and i are lucky guys. he made it and we worked hard. it is not because we're white. oh, you think i'm sitting here because i'm white. what are you a moron? i'm sitting here because i'm obnoxious, not because i'm white. >> and when the sword is so
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sharp as someone like jon would have, it is so fun watching someone get schick kabobs. >> did that leave a mark on it. >> yes. >> could black people live in levittown? >> not at the time. >> so that, many niz opinion, is privilege. >> and he was engaging with o'reilly and some things where he really wanted to make him answer for them. >> the far right seems like an obvious source of material. but sometimes the left gets hit just as hard. >> we were an equal opportunity offender, which meant if there was bad behavior, we were going to comment on it and we weren't -- we would very happily cross political and party lines. >> that is the skate when secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius stops by to discuss the rollout of the obama care website.
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>> we're going to do a challenge. i'm going to try and download every movie every made, and you are going to try to sign up for obama care and we'll see which happens first. >> okay. >> i think what makes jon stewart so proufl is that he could -- powerful is that he could look at what his own people are doing and saying, hello, what are we doing. and that is important. if you are going to be a pundit, you have to look at everything. particularly if your going be a funny pundit. >> one of the mostin fam ois confrontation comes on march 12th, 2009, when jim cramer takes the hot seat on the biggest financial crises to date. >> how the hell did we end up here, mr. cramer? what happened? >> i don't know. >> i think jon was trying to caption this national sense of anger at everything that happened and so when jim cramer got in that room, he was the embodiment of everything that jon wanted to take down.
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and boy, did he take him down. >> it feels like we are capitalizing your adventure by our pension and our hard earned -- and that is a game that you know, that you know is going on, but that you go on television as a financial network and pretend isn't happening. [ applause ] >> when jon is faced with someone that is infuriating and you are just thinking sic them, jon, sick them. >> and you know what the banks were doing and you were touting them for months and the entire network was and to pretend this was a crazy once in a lifetime tsunami that no one could see coming was disingenuous at best and criminal at worst. >> he's so armed with quips, they have no idea what is coming. >> you have made mistakes and you have 17 hours in a day to do. >> maybe you could cut down on
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i want his bedroom to smell like he's away at boarding school. surround yourself with up to 6 hours of luxurious, long-lasting scents... ...introducing new unstopables air refresher. jon stewart has played a major role in redefining how the public gets its news. but "the daily show" was never a one-man show. >> you let me assure my viewers that from now on there will be no -- out. >> ladies, am i right, what is up. >> my sources tell me if he doesn't win his mother has said she will stop loving him. >> many of the shows on-air correspondents have gone on to become major players in hollywood and tv. steve carell, ed helms.
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jon oliver, stephen colbert, all rose to fame after cutting their teeth sharing air time with stewart. >> when jon came on, he knew he needs correspondents and people to play off of. >> jon is front and center but i think jon let all of us shine. >> even i felt gay buying a ticket to this movie. >> i worked with steve carell and stephen colbert. they were two of the most naturally funny people i met in my life. >> they were so effortlessly -- bam, every time. everybody was like give it to steve. >> in what seemed like a good idea of the time we tested the effect of massive amounts of alcohol on a human subject. >> specifically, steven carrel. >> we did an anti-drinking piece where carrel drank, and drank and drank until he was drunk. >> it was 10:35 and steve has
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had one two three four five six seven drinks and moving on to his eighth. >> steve carell had an amazing combination of arrogance and stupidity, which just worked perfectly together. >> senator, how do you reconcile the fact you were the most effort of pork barrel and you set a record for the most unauthorized appropriations. i'm just kidding. -- i don't even know what that means. >> colbert found his persona, and ran with it. >> have you had a chance to go to disney world? >> actually, i didn't make it. >> did you have a chance to go to universal studios. >> no, i missed those fundraisers. >> have you had a chance to lie to congress.
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>> when stephen colbert was given his turn at the desk, fans and producers took notice. jon left for a few months to do a movie called death to smoochy and even correspondent was given a knit to fill in. >> welcome to the daily show with jon stewart and ironically, i'm stephen colbert. >> and we were like, this guy should have his own show. he hit it out of the park. >> if my presence here makes the fake news you are about to hear here makes my job. >> he had a chance to really show us what he has, and it was magic. >> the steves may be a-listers now but how they landed on a little cable show in the late '90s is the stuff of legend. >> the agent called me up and said i'm going to send you a tape of this guy named stephen colbert. and it is a sketch called waiters who are nauseated by food from the short lived dana
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carvy shoe. >> we have a mint jell with a caper sauce. >> i called the guy back and said when can you start. >> two seasons later "the daily show" was looking for more talent. >> i called back and i knew it was crazy and i said do you have another stephen colbert. and they said go back to the tape that you loved so much and check out the waiter in the back. >> so the seafood is flounder. >> that is his best friend and performing partner from second city steve carell. and the rest, as they say, is history. >> but everybody was great that worked together. beth littleford, they all had different personas. i loved working with beth because she had this great combination of sincerity and sarcasm. >> you know, jon, it is an american tradition. how can a young girl expect to
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gain any self-esteem if she isn't allowed to be judged as she parades around in a bathing suit with a baton. >> we would put vaseline on the lense even though we didn't need to. >> i've sat down with my fair share of dysfunctional childs. todd bridges, gary coleman. >> boy george and i have fun. >> have you thought about settling down, marrying nicole kidman and adapted a couple of kids. >> the crack team of fake reporters helped this make "the daily show" appointment television, cleverly attacking any topic, from race relations -- >> you are saying the new face of criminality is white. >> i'm glad you're finally admitting you thought it was black. >> to terrorism -- >> we are trying to do a thing that says iranians hate americans. can you do that for me. >> to taxes. >> new jersey has the highest property tax in the nation. >> and what are you getting for it. it is an awful state.
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>> exactly. >> and we hired great people and they went on to greatness. >> the correspondents on that show have such a great platform to establish who they are, and what their point of view it and anyone who has been on the show and shown how funny they can be has a really big future. >> so yes, behind every great coast is a great cast of characters and no one knows that better than the man himself. >> when you look at the talent that has passed through these doors, it is hard to screw this show up. i just want to thank everybody would lent their talents to this program. it meant the world. >> a big part of the legacy is jon stewart executive producer. jon stewart has launcher of careers. >> what you want is a leader who is able to mentor people on the show and not feel jealous when their talent begins to rise. and i think instead of being upset about that or competitive, he felt pride in that. and that, i think, is what a leader is. >> thank you very much. >> oh, no, thank you, jon.
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>> coming up -- jon says his final daily show good-bye, when "john stewart has left the building" continues. the tobin stance. but when we open up the windows, you can see the dust floating around. there's dog hair. pollen. more work. (doorbell) whoa! what's this? swiffer sweeper! swiffer dusters! removes up to 70% of dust and allergens. stays on there like glue. can't do that with the other broom. wow, i love it. the tobin stance! that is totally what it is!
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you are retiring at the top of your game and you are going to spend time with your kids. three moz from now or six months from now you'll be on the farm from new jersey and hanging out and your kids will turn to you and say dad, we love you, get a [ bleep ] job. [ applause ] >> after 16 years, more than 2500 episodes, 20 emmys and two peabody awards, the curtain has closed on the daily show with jon stewart. his last show raises more than $2 million for new york collaborated for autism in a ravel like drawing to attend the
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final taping. as jon stewart leaves the set, adoring fans are left to wonder, what is next? some believe it will be a stab at a career as a movie director. >> i'm going to shoot a movie based on really an amazing story that began with a field piece. >> in 2013 jon stewart took a hiatus from the daily show, 12 weeks to direct his first movie, rose water. >> i got the sense just from what i read from jon stewart really enjoyed his first directorial effort as a filmmaker and i would be surprised if he doesn't do that. i hope he takes a vacation and figures out what he wants to do. but there are personal waiting to see what he can do next. he has been doing this show for 17 years so the first thing he'll probably do is rest. >> you want to take some time to just remember what your family looks like and enjoy these things called evenings. >> so many are curious, what will the new daily show look
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like in the hands of a relatively unknown south african comic trevor noah. >> welcome to the daily show, with me, trevor noah. >> we'll see, the new host brings a new point of view and the smart thing they are doing with "the daily show" is they are not trying to reinvent it. >> hey trevor. could you give me like 20 more minutes. >> it will be exciting to see what trevor noah brings to it. >> trevor noah is very funny and smart and charming and really likeable. an that is kind of what you need. i believe in him. i hope it goes well. >> of course "the daily show" has transitioned before. but following jon stewart, many feel trevor noah has big shoes to fill. >> jon stewart from soup to nuts, in the way that show is orchestrated, it has been so good night after night for so long.
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i think he's changed the media and politics more than he will ever admit. but what i will just miss is watching him on tv. >> i think he'll be remembered as someone who helped young people get through this horrible period that has been the 9/11 generation. >> i think that he will be always revered as someone who blurred the lines between news and comedy, and who became the conscious of a generation. >> every once in a while you see an original, and jon stewart is an original. >> i got big news. this is it. this is the final episode. >> on thursday night that original signed off the daily show on comedy central for the very last time. >> i'll never forget you jon, but i will be trying. >> good riddance, smartas. >> and just when i'm running for president. what a bummer.
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>> oh, see you, pip squeak. >> have fun feeding your rabbits, quitter. >> i'm jon stewart, i'm dumb and stupid. nana. so long, jack -- >> i have been privileged to say something to you not on the prompter right now. you said people here never to thank you because we owe you nothing. >> that is right. >> one of the few times i've known you to be dead wrong. we owe you and we are better people for having known you. you are a great artist and a good man. >> i've worked in a lot of different atmospheres at varying levels of toxicity, and this is the most beautiful place i've ever been, and i'll never have that again. and i had to come to terms with that before leaving, knowing what i was walking away from. >> the end of an era. comedian, writer, producer, director, actor and critic.
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>> guys, let me make something clear, i'm not dying. >> jon stewart has lec"john ste buildin building". terrifying life or death situations. >> i thought he was going to shoot me. i was looking straight down the barrel of the gun. >> hostages thrust into terrifying life or death situations. >> i thought he was going to shoot me. i was looking straight down the barrel of the gun. >> a dramatic attempt by u.s. special forces to save an american captive in ir

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