Jon Stewart, a comedian who elevated political comedy to a new realm, recently announced that he is leaving ‘The Daily Show’ after 16 years on the air.
Although his contract with Comedy Central is coming to a close, he and the producers are still working on the details of his departure from the show. His last episode “might be December, might be July.”
After taking over the show in 1999, Stewart helped lead The Daily Show to winning the outstanding variety Emmy award 10 times and other awards like outstanding writing for a variety program. The show also has a remarkable history of creating breakthrough careers for comedians, like Steve Carell, Samantha Bee, and Stephen Colbert. Many of them started out as on-air correspondents on the show.
For many in today’s younger generation that have written-off news channels, Stewart provided the younger generation with a way to listen to the news by using comedy to keep them interested.
Off camera Stewart has been seen participating in the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: a rally where the attendees are able to have their voices heard above what Stewart describes as the Americans who “control the conversation” over American politics. This rally is intended to encourage arguments up to a certain point, then to have everyone return back to ‘sanity’ to have a reasoned conversation.
Stewart was asked what his plans were after leaving the show, he refrained from divulging any specifics but jokingly stated that it involved taking a nap.