Alright, this is the last thing we’ll post about Jon Stewart’s goodbye from The Daily Show last night. After 16 years as the show’s host, Stewart said goodbye on his terms. It became abundantly clear early on that he wasn’t going to make his #JonVoyage about him, rather his legacy and what was built. Spending literally the first 30 minutes parading out as many of the correspondents that contributed to the show over the years. Way too many names to mention, but it’s clear Stewart is most proud of the comedic talent he helped showcase on the show, bringing them out for a brief moment each, getting the chance to joke with them all one last time, solidifying his legacy through them. Particularly touching was the return of Wyatt Cenac, who just a few weeks ago appeared on Marc Maron’s (a sorta enemy of Stewart) WTF? Podcast and revealed it was bad blood from an argument with Stewart that caused Cenac to leave the show. Stewart wanted to make sure they were, “cool” with each other. It was a bit tense, but it was closure in a weird way.
With no intent on making it about himself, Stewart was basically forced to confront some praise heaped on him by one of his lieutenants. Stephen Colbert showed up at the end of the segment, went off script and demanded that Stewart take a bit of the spotlight. Stating that said correspondents owe much of their career to Stewart who was visually uncomfortable about taking that nugget of truth. But that moment was fleeting as Stewart put it right back onto his staff in the next segment. Managing to get every one of his staff members Goodfellas-inspired segment that even made mention of the office dogs and Martin Scorsese cameo.
Stewart wrapped the evening with what will now be known as his “Three Different Kinds of Bullshit” speech, telling viewers to stay vigilant, and that it’s not goodbye just a “see you soon.” Stewart’s final moment of zen is the most any Jersey boy could want with a performance by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. It’s idealistic that they performed “Land Of Hope And Dreams,” a final request from Stewart and song released in 1999, the same year he took over as host of The Daily Show. A show he’d craft into one of the finest comedy institutions America has ever seen.