And, it’s a wrap for Comedy Central’s iconic The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Must-see nightly news that you won’t see on mainstream TV. Snarky, brilliant and as adept at skewering what’s wrong with American politics (and media) as it is on the money in its more serious moments, The Daily Show will be missed. Sorely missed. And, along with the departure of Stephen Colbert earlier this year, late night comedy will never be the same (and that’s not a good thing, by the way).
But, the folks at Comedy Central will be celebrating The Daily Show for the next month, leading to Jon Stewart’s final episode. Kicking off the party with “Your Month of Zen,” Comedy Central is offering a continuous stream of The Daily Show episodes, starting with his first episode (January 11, 1999), as Stewart took the reins from Craig Kilbourn and never looked back. The Daily Show binge-fest, more than 2,000 episodes taped over a more than 16-year run, begins noon ET Friday, June 26, going through Thursday evening, August 6. It’s available through a special “Month of Zen” app or through the Comedy Central app. Then, on August 1, SiriusXM’s Comedy Central Radio (channel 95) joins the festivities on Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 a.m. ET.
It’s a fitting send off for a legendary show that has been with us since before the turn of the century. In all its time on Comedy Central, The Daily Show has never lost its edge. Often doing a better job of interviewing politicians and other power-brokers than the mainstream media, Jon Stewart still exhibits the passion and edginess he did back in 1999. Sadly (as he would often agree), generations of young adults (and not a few middle agers like myself as well) get their news from the pull-no-punches Daily Show. Sometimes class clown, sometimes town scold, sometimes university professor to his millions of viewers, Jon Stewart’s departure will leave a void in the expanse of nighttime television.
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