The Daily Show began its final episode Thursday night by bringing back some of the most memorable correspondents from Jon Stewart’s 16-year-run.
Stewart started by saying he felt an obligation to devote the entirety of the last show to “our standard post-debate full team coverage.”
Current correspondents Jessica Williams, Jordan Klepper, and Hasan Minhaj gave some quick recaps of the debate: “I can’t believe Trump took out his penis so late in the debate,” Klepper joked. Since there was such a large quantity of Republican candidates, the number of correspondents needed to expand in order to cover the event properly.
And so, out came correspondents Aasif Mandvi, Al Madrigal, John Hodgman, Lewis Black and Kristen Schaal.
Even Steve Carell dropped by, telling his former boss, “I never left, Jon. Becoming an international superstar is just something I did while waiting for my next assignment. We’ve all just been waiting Jon, the whole time. He and Samantha Bee claimed the last two Republican candidates.
Even correspondents like Vance DeGeneres and Mo Rocca — who have not appeared on the show since the show’s early inception — showed up to rehash their old bits.
The segment proved just how influential The Daily Show was in launching so many successful careers, including Josh Gad, Larry Wilmore, Rob Corddry, and Trevor Noah, who closed the segment by measuring the studio in preparation for his own Daily Show takeover.