Jon Stewart started the penultimate episode of his time on The Daily Show by looking back on 16 years of headlines, newsmakers and adjectives.
“I feel like what we’ve built here is a monument to evisceration,” Stewart said, showing headlines of various news organizations covering his nightly take-downs. “Issues, pundits, politicians. We here at the show left no target undisemboweled.”
But in a segment called “The Daily Show: Destroyer of Worlds,” Stewart reflected on how The Daily Show tackled big newsmakers from the last two decades — ISIS, Fox News and more — and then realized that his jokes had no effect on their ultimate success or failure.
“The is demonstrably worse than when I started,” Stewart said before asking: “Have I caused this?” Stewart then broke out small Hamlet impression (complete with skull) before realizing one thing has slightly improved: The New York Mets’ playoff chances.
“Yes! I’ll take it,” Stewart cheered.