26 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

Jon Stewart has been heralded as one of the most trusted people in the news game, even though he was never a bona fide journalist. his amazing ability to get to the heart of things launched him into the American consciousness, and he is greatly missed from the airwaves.

Here are twenty-six facts about his years on The Daily Show.

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1/26. Before Neil deGrasse Tyson went on The Daily Show, he paid attention to how many sentences Jon Stewart usually allowed before interrupting. He picked up on the kind of phrases Stewart liked to pick up on, which is why he described astronomy using sexually suggestive language.


2/26. In an interview hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart stated that he almost quit the show shortly after he began hosting it. Stewart wanted to change the direction of the show and was met with strong resistance from the writers and producers. According to Stewart, it took two and a half years for those staff members to gradually leave the show so that Stewart could have his own fully supportive staff.

3/26. During the 2007-2008 Writer's Strike, the show was renamed "A Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Jon Stewart stated that the show was not "The Daily Show" without his writers.

4/26. In the first few weeks, there was no audience. In the following weeks, staff members were encouraged to watch the show just offstage and laugh at the jokes. For the second season, a studio audience was brought in and this format remained for the rest of the show's run.

5/26. John Oliver was recommended to Jon Stewart for a job on the Daily Show by Ricky Gervais. Oliver didn't know Gervais personally at the time and had never been to the USA before auditioning.


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6/26. Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein once lectured journalism students on the superiority of the reporting by Jon Stewart and the Daily Show over the actual news media.

7/26. When this show was originally being developed, the producers offered Jon Stewart the job of hosting the show, but he turned it down. When original host Craig Kilborn left in 1998, Stewart was approached again and he accepted.

8/26. The theme song of the show was performed by indie music darlings They Might Be Giants.

9/26. At the beginning of every episode, the announcer listed the full date (month, day, and year). On the first show of the year 2000, the year was listed as 1900, as a joke about the Y2K bug.

10/26. The show had won the Emmy for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series" every year from 2003-2012, the longest winning streak for a television show in Emmy history. The streak was broken by The Colbert Report (2005), which was a spin-off from this show, and in which Jon Stewart was Executive Producer of.

11/26. Assif Mandvi did a Stephen Colbert impression for his audition on the Daily show. He was given the role immediately.


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12/26. Jon Stewart's interview with CNBC personality Jim Cramer was considered to be a journalistic triumph for Stewart. A few months later, a TIME.com poll posed the question, "Now that Walter Cronkite has passed on, who is America's most trusted newscaster?" Stewart won with 44% in a four-way race with Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charles Gibson.

13/26. Beginning in 2004, every couple of weeks or so, before a commercial break, Jon Stewart would introduce a "new, exciting, already canceled spin-off" of The Daily Show (1996), followed by "clips" from "The Colbert Rport" with Stephen Colbert adding "It's French, b****!" The brief segments consisted of Colbert ranting about news stories and yelling at politicians in fake interviews, using archive footage. These segments became so popular that "The Colbert Report" did actually become a spin-off, The Colbert Report (2005), in 2005.

14/26. According to an October 7, 2003 "USA Today" article, this show is pulled together in the following way: a researcher scans major newspapers, the Associated Press and cable news channels, then gives possible topics to the ten writers. These meet to discuss headline material for the lead news segment. By 11:15 a.m., they meet with Jon Stewart, and by 12:30 p.m., they have come up with jokes for the day's show. The cast hold a rehearsal, then the show is taped at 6:30 p.m. in front of an audience.

15/26. Comedy Central also produced a version of this show for viewers on CNN International called "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Global Edition." It was shown every weekend and contained excerpts from the past week's episodes, giving more focus on global rather than U.S. issues. The Global Edition ran in the format of headlines, report, celebrity interview. Stewart taped an exclusive introduction and outro for the Global Edition (sometimes in front of the audience, other times not), and the "moment of Zen," was called "the international moment of Zen."


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16/26. Host Jon Stewart was the guest on Craig Kilborn's last show as host. Since Kilborn is so tall, he gave Stewart a phone book to sit on to mirror his height.

17/26. The show's theme song is called "Dog on Fire."

18/26. Sen. John Edwards announced his intention to run for President of the United States on this show. Candidate Carol Moseley Braun dropped out of the race the day after she did an interview on the show.

19/26. Jon Stewart usually ended the show with a "Moment of Zen" clip from the media or popular culture. However, during the week after American historian Howard Zinn's January 2010 death, one episode instead ended with a "Moment of Zinn," a brief clip of Zinn's 2005 appearance on the show.

20/26. Ed Helms left the show in 2006 to become a regular cast member on The Office (2005), along with The Daily Show (1996) cast-mate Steve Carell. He returned to The Daily Show (1996) on December 12 to report on the confirmation of new Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and made an allusion to his stint on The Office (2005) by telling the audience he was working undercover in Scranton.


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21/26. Beginning on June 26, 2015, Comedy Central streamed every episode from Jon Stewart's tenure over 42 days, ending on the day of Stewart's last episode.

22/26. Jon Stewart auctioned off the interview couch from the show.

23/26. Jon Stewart hosted the show for sixteen years before leaving in 2015.

24/26. John Oliver met his wife at the 2008 Republican National Convention. He was doing a piece for the show, and she was working for "Veterans For Freedom." She helped to hide him, the other correspondents, and the camera crew from security.

25/26. In 2007 Fox News tried to have a conservative version of "The Daily Show" called "The 1/2 Hour News Hour", it was cancelled after 13 episodes.

26/26. After Al Sharpton didn't show up for an interview on The Daily Show in 2001, Stephen Colbert took his place and was interviewed as Al Sharpton (sacrificing an opportunity to attend the Fellowship of the Ring premier).


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