It’s time to say good-bye to our favorite late-night news sage. Jon Stewart signs off on Thursday after 16 years behind “The Daily Show” desk. Here are 10 of his most epic moments – both on his show and elsewhere – including that time he took The Kansas City Star to task.
“Don’t answer, Mary!”
Stewart was an equal-opportunity offender, skewering Fox News and CNN alike. Here he mocked CNN for its inane and incessant coverage last year of the disappearance Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Did you hear that it could have disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle?
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Jon Stewart vs. Glenn Beck
Who you callin’ a progressive? Stewart loved to skewer Glenn Beck.
Jon Stewart vs. Jim Cramer
Stewart blasts over-the-top “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, essentially blaming him for making the country’s financial crisis worse. Says Stewart: “I understand you want to make finance entertaining, but it’s not a (bleeping) game. And when I watch that, I get, I can’t tell you how angry that makes me.” Awkward.
“It’s me, Gitmo!”
When Stewart slid his hand inside the bearded Elmo puppet named Gitmo, all hilarity broke loose.
“If he’s lost Jon Stewart ... I’m just sayin”
Mainstream media went berserk when “even Jon Stewart” made jokes about Obamacare. So Stewart put a finer point on things with a gospel choir.
Jon Stewart vs. Crossfire
Stewart went on CNN’s old “Crossfire” show in 2004 and told hosts Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson that their show is “hurting America ... Here’s what I wanted to tell you guys. Stop.” And he called Carlson a male appendage. Begala refers to it as “the day Jon Stewart blew up my show.”
Jon Stewart vs. Sarah Palin
Not surprisingly, Alaska’s former governor and John McCain’s 2008 running mate was a popular Stewart target. Here’s why, he said in 2011: “You have become a lighting rod less for your clarity of vision, but more for your ability to turn any criticism of you into persecution of you.”
Bush vs. Bush
George Bush debating George Bush. Who comes up with this stuff?
Tearful after 9-11
We have no words to describe this emotional speech that Stewart gave on his first night back on the air after Sept. 11. Let the funny man tell you himself.
We weren’t clowning around
Once upon a time The Kansas City Star mistakenly ran a photo of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy in his infamous clown suit in a calendar listing about National Clown Week. We were sorry for the error. You have no idea how sorry we were. And then Jon Stewart had his way with us.