August 6th is the last episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like another piece of their youth is ending. Jon Stewart took this dinky little fake news show on basic cable and he turned it into a media juggernaut. In 2014, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show were polled more trustworthy that MSNBC (Fox News scored higher which is just pathetic, come on people!). For me the growth of The Daily Show means that the show that I used to watch in my basement in 1999 for the celebrity interviews and funny jokes became a better news show than most things out there and such a huge, comforting part of my life. Over the last 16 years, Jon became the beacon of truth for us millennials who voiced our thoughts a thousand times better than we ever could.
Jon was the perfect blend of comedian and newsman. His show finely toed the line between news and jokes. It also had amazing talent. Lets look at the people that came from The Daily Show: Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Lewis Black, John Oliver, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Rob Riggle, Jessica Williams….so, so many more. When they left, he always had a kind word and warm goodbye. He knew that nothing lasts forever…..and here we are.
I think when the news broke in April that Jon decided to retire, we all went through our own stages of grief. We didn’t believe it, we were convinced he’d change his mind, we just knew that once he saw the candidates for the 2016 Presidential race that he would change his mind…….alas, it didn’t happen. I’ll be honest, I can’t really blame the guy. We all would love the opportunity to retire early and spend more time with our kids, he’s able to do it and I don’t think any of us would wish him any less than that after all he’s given us over the years.
I went to see The Daily Show filmed live once. It was amazing. It was late 2009, myself, my future husband and 2 friends took the Metro North into Grand Central. We made our way to the studio, and got amazing seats like right in front of the desk. The best part, Jon does a Q&A before the show, I asked him a question and he answered!! Yes, Jon Stewart talking to me is a huge highlight in my life. FYI-I asked him when he was writing another book (this was before Earth came out), he joked that he just started writing so it’ll be done in 12 years. That moment gets me rock star status to this day, that’s how badass Jon Stewart is.
Personally, I want to thank Jon for making me understand the news as a kid through comedy. When he took over The Daily Show, I was 14 and staying up late to watch it was a treat. I learned about authors and political leaders I would never have been exposed to if Jon didn’t put them on his program. Now I’m 30 and can’t believe that the day I’ve feared in the back of my mind is here. I can’t turn on Comedy Central at 11 and see Jon tell me exactly what I’m thinking except way, way funnier and truthful. It isn’t even always about politics, watch him talk about Trump eating pizza with a fork. A New York pizza with a fork! It’s hilarious!
So thank you Jon. For everything, for putting in the hours. For writing an amazing program. But most of all, for always connecting to us. You will be sorely missed sir.