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10 August 2015 @ 06:02 pm
Bon Voyage, Jon!  
Jon Stewart's last episode of The Daily Show premiered last Thursday, and I'm still kind of emotional about it. I knew the day would come ever since he announced his retirement from the show, I just didn't expect it so soon.

The Daily Show has always been a constant for many of us, and has been an important influence on many young people for seventeen years as Jon and his correspondents gave satirical coverage of current political and national news. He provided laughs, he also provided a much needed outlet for the outrageous and ridiculousness that happens in politics where he rants and spills truths about particular situations. This became quite important after 9/11 and the events that followed afterwards, and it's where it became universally acknowledged that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a satire show on Comedy Central, was better at covering and giving commentary on current events than actual professional journalists and news networks were. He gave us something to look forward to, whenever something infuriating was happening in the news, most often political, we could always count on him to provide us much needed humor, especially during those years in the early-mid 00s. This was a time where social media didn't exist like it does today. I remember tuning into Jon during high school and being informed on some of the political nonsense that was happening, the elections were the biggest thing (we still have the Indecision 2004 DVDs and I remember the Rally to Restore Sanity in 2010) and it became quite a regular thing to stay tuned in. Even though I never quite kept with watching as the years went on, I still tuned in whenever I heard there was a particular guest or when I knew ahead of time what Jon would be covering and needing to see what amazing commentary he would be providing.

And it wasn't all political coverage that enticed us, of course. His lovely friendship with Stephen Colbert was something to draw many people, along with several other of the correspondents over the years. Seeing Jon and Stephen riff off each other, sometimes seeing them breaking character, was such a joy. When Stephen went off to his own show, The Colbert Report (RIP) that followed directly after The Daily Show, they continued to do little segments with each other. Let's all hope that he invites Jon when he takes over The Late Show later this year for more of that, if nothing else than just to see them being adorable together.

Overall, as sad as I am about this departure, I'm happy for Jon and all he's achieved from his work on the show and he will certainly be missed, and I wish him the best of luck for what the future brings him. ♥
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Current Music: Rachel Platten - Fight Song
daria234daria234 on August 11th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
I miss the show already! It was really the place to tune in and feel a little bit better.

I loved the Colbert-Stewart friendship SO MUCH.
Renéerogueslayer452 on August 11th, 2015 01:12 am (UTC)
I know the show will continue on with a new host, which he'll have big shoes to fill along with making the show his own in a sense. But still, it'll be weird without seeing Jon.

The Jon and Stephen friendship is so adorable. Seeing Stephen's speech to Jon on his last episode was really touching. ♥
daria234daria234 on August 11th, 2015 01:14 am (UTC)
<3 I know. Jon was like no no and Stephen was like YES you have to listen to nice things being said about you <3
orangerfulorangerful on August 11th, 2015 03:09 am (UTC)
I had so many feels watching that final episode, especially when they brought out the correspondents and I suddenly had flashing of sitting in my bedroom at my parent's house, perched on the end of my bed (because my bed and my desk were so close, I opted to sit on that sometimes instead of the stool) and chatting with friends while the show was on. I had no idea what it would become then.

And then when Colbert said his bit, his apparently improvised bit, thanking Jon, oh I started to cry because he said all the things I wanted SOMEONE to say to Jon. It was a beautiful end. I doubt it will be the last we see of him. I hope he stays active in the world of satire. I will miss his voice and reassurance that we aren't alone in this crazy political world.
Renée: Haven. Audrey Parker.rogueslayer452 on August 12th, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
When they were doing the marathon all day on Comedy Central, just showing random episodes throughout the years, it really brought on the nostalgia. Just seeing how the show continued to evolve with all the changing of the segments and correspondents, seeing the comedy, the news that was reported on. When they showed episodes during 1999-2000 I really threw me back to the MTV-style of shooting, like holy shit. At least, around that time that's how most talk shows were shot. Not to mention how young Jon, his suits didn't even fit him quite well as they do later on. It was bizarre, but in a good way.

That bit with Stephen was so sweet, and I loved how he wasn't going to let Jon get away from hearing all the nice things. It was too cute. But also really touching, because I'm with you, just having it said was much needed and I love how it was Stephen who said it. And I'm sure that he told Jon this before in private, they are best friends after all, but actually having it said on the air during his final show for everyone else to hear as well was very nicely done. Ugh, I love them. ♥

I'm also hoping he stays active, as well. He's really great with his comedy that is both hilarious and smart. Perhaps he could do something online, like he something he could do from home so he doesn't have to leave his family. But whatever he does, I hope he is happy. :)

Edited at 2015-08-12 02:05 am (UTC)
Julie: Original ★ twas brillingragnarok_08 on August 11th, 2015 03:13 am (UTC)
I already miss the show...
telly telly bo bellylusimeles on August 11th, 2015 05:31 am (UTC)
this is such a lovely post <3 i really enjoyed watching stephen thank jon (and jon start crying) as well. just... really good knowing there are such awesome people as those two around on this planet, changing the world through comedy!
Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on August 15th, 2015 09:24 am (UTC)
It was such a beautiful moment. That entire episode was a great sendoff for Jon, including so many people to thank, but it wouldn't have been a final episode without Stephen making an appearance. I loved every single moment of it and seeing Jon get so emotional about it was so cute.

I agree, both Stephen and Jon were amazing when it came to their styles of comedy, which interestingly brought a little sanity back into the world. ♥
ramasiramasi on August 11th, 2015 01:46 pm (UTC)
I discovered The Daily Show and The Colbert Report pretty late, and then I went through an insane amount of backlog, and got rather obsessed for a time. I loved all those segments where they contrast "what they said then/what they say now". And the whole SuperPac thing on Colbert, which I actually did follow live. And there was one of those Daily Show/Colbert Report clips at the end of TDS, where they were they discussing a mock best-off of these same clips, and I totally would have bought the real thing (still would).

I haven't been watching Jon Stewart lately, but I'm gonna miss the show anyway.
Renéerogueslayer452 on August 15th, 2015 09:21 am (UTC)
I'm relieved that Comedy Central still has clips on their website from years of Jon's run, so I can actually just go back and watch some of them. But seeing how much has evolved on the show, from past segments and correspondents, it's amazing how it has grown into what it became thanks to Jon. ♥
Patty: hannibal; will » two facedwoodycakes on August 15th, 2015 08:29 am (UTC)
this show <3 so much. i ended up bingeing john oliver just to cope.
and i'm listening to colbert's podcast now.

but jon <3 oh jon. i'll miss him.
Renéerogueslayer452 on August 15th, 2015 09:09 am (UTC)
I'm happy that we have John Oliver who provides similar ways of reporting on news and politics. And I wasn't aware of that podcast. I'll have to check it out. :)