The final episode of The Daily Show.
There are so many moments from The Daily Show that have become cultural touchstones for not just myself, but our generation at large. I grew up with the Daily Show. It was very often the outlet that I sought out first in times of joy, in times of incredulity, and even in tragedy. Stewart was our voice of outrage, the shaking fist and the rolled eyes. I've been sitting here on a Thursday night, in bed with a cold, waiting for the final show to begin, high on cold medicine and watching old clips from some of my favorite episodes, thinking about what to post on my blog for tomorrow. (Now that I think of it, the cold medicine could be having a real effect on the humor factor here guys...) I generally do a "What's Making Me Happy" post on Fridays but, in honor of my favorite news source, I thought instead that I would just share some of my favorite Daily Show moments and memories.
The first time I ever watched the Daily Show was Stewart's first episode since 9/11. In a time of utter confusion, true distrust of everyone who didn't look like what you saw in the mirror, and a lot of finger pointing, Stewart shared not just his grief, but most importantly, his hope for the days ahead. It's one of the most touching moments on the show and one that I will never forget. From there, I was hooked.
One of the BEST parts of TDS was it's superb collection of correspondents and comedians on the show. Here are just a few of my faves.
And while Stewart's moments of rage are often some of the most entertaining, it's actually the more serious pieces that truly hit home the hardest.