Jon Stewart once again hosted Comedy Central’s bi-annual Night of Too Many Stars autism fundraiser on Sunday, but the main question on everyone’s mind is still who will take over his day job of hosting The Daily Show. EW took the opportunity to quiz some of the brightest stars in comedy about who they think should fill those shoes.
“Weird Al” Yankovic: “I’m hoping that human cloning will be possible by that point, and they can just have Jon Stewart 2 doing it.”
Gilbert Gottfried: “Oh yeah, who should host The Daily Show? I guess I’ll be hosting The Daily Show, whether they know it or not. They might have security throw me out, but dammit I’ll be there.”
Sarah Silverman: “I don’t envy whoever it is. They’re really big shoes to fill. I think whoever it is needs to really make it their own, y’know? Somebody said Tig Notaro, and of course I’m a big fan. I think she would make it a totally different show which I think is what has to happen. Jon did it when he took over the show, and for it to continue it’s gotta change. Like anything, it’s gotta change and grow with the times or it won’t be relevant. It’s brilliant and it’s gonna die with him and whoever takes it over needs to make it their own. But I vote Tig Notaro!”
Amy Schumer: “Obama. I mean, who’s better?”
The Daily Show isn’t the only late-night staple changing hosts this year, of course. Now that Stephen Colbert and James Corden are joining the Jimmy’s in the ever-lasting battle for late-night, we asked these comedians who among this new slate has their loyalty.
Steve Carell: “Well, Colbert. I’ve known Stephen since, gosh, the mid-’80s, so I can’t wait to see what he does. I think he’s gonna be fantastic.”
Sarah Silverman: “I can actually say I’m friends with every single talk show host there is right now. Other than this new James Corden, I just met him the other night, but my very good friend Reggie Watts is doing the music on his show and he is brilliant so I at least know that he will be worth tuning in for.”
“Weird Al” Yankovic: “I can’t choose. They all have my loyalty. I wish them all the best, and I hope they all book me.”
Maya Rudolph: “I can’t wait for Stephen Colbert. That’s gonna be amazing. I don’t think anyone wishes for anyone to take over for Letterman, but I think they picked the right man for the job. He’s so beloved.”
Gilbert Gottfried: “All of my money is with Johnny Carson. I think he’s gonna make a comeback.”
Jim Gaffigan: “It’s so weird as a comedian to see the changing of the guard, to see how great Larry Wilmore is. Cause when I first started stand-up, people would reference Ed Sullivan and I’d be like, I don’t know what you’re talking about. So there is gonna come a time when we reference Letterman or Jon Stewart and people will be like, we don’t know what you’re talking about. ‘You don’t remember Jon Stewart?!’ You know what I mean? That’s what I think is more interesting about it. But I do think, as the entertainment industry gets more and more fragmented, it’s not gonna be a measure of whether they live or die by ratings, it’s whether they can find their audience. So I think everyone’s fine, you know what I mean?”
Jim Gaffigan on what he learned from his stint on The Late Late Show: “We did it very different, but I was amazed at how little time you have to prepare for the actual comedy of the show. You know, every night I was putting on my pants as I walked to the stage. Then you get done with the show, and you’re kind of relaxing and patting yourself on the back and regretting things, and then the anxiety of the next one comes up. You enjoy it for 20 minutes and then before you know it, you’ve gotta go on. But what was also fun was my kids; they had this moment where they were out there with their siblings. It’s not like they’re gonna go into show business, but they have this moment of ‘Remember when Mom and Dad had us do that crazy thing?'”