Friday, August 7, 2015

Bon Voyage Jon

For the second time this year (remember Letterman?) an era has ended.

After 16 years and 2,581 episodes, Jon Stewart has left the Daily Show, the half-hour that established the template for successful satirical news shows and made Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and John Oliver into household names.  He did so much in the way that he ran the helm of one of the most biting satirical shows of all time, with grace, humility, and much humor.

It was a star studded affair, filled with many of the stars that the Daily Show has created over the years, and was filled with laughs.  However, for many of us, the most perfect moment came in the middle of the send-off.

The first 25+ minutes of tonight’s final Daily Show with Jon Stewart featured the full gallery of correspondents during Stewart’s 16 years at the show’s helm, many of whom graduated from the program to become stars in their own right. But no star shone brighter than Stephen Colbert, whose celebration of Stewart’s virtues brought the departing host to tears, and was an epic (and apparently unscripted) tour de force of verbal prose.

Colbert at once simultaneously showed how incredible of a wit and talent he is, while brilliantly and flawlessly encapsulating both his own love and gratitude to Stewart, and expressing the sentiment of all of his loyal fans at home vicariously.

It's truly a lovely moment:

From the bottom of all our hearts, from the talented comedians to the everyday man and woman: Thanks Jon.


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