Yesterday was a sad day for television. The greatest political satirist of all time stepped down from his throne and retired from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – that man was obviously Jon Stewart. Whether you’re conservative or liberal, it’s really hard to deny the awesomeness that is Jon Stewart. He is the truth, in a political landscape littered with lies. Whether it was criticising George W and Obama, or ripping apart CNN and FOX on their constant bullshit, Stewart always found an honest way to make humor out of the absurdity.
In honor of his departure, we here at Nothing Uncut have thrown together a quick run through of some of his greatest moments.
1. BUSH VS. BUSH
This is the classic clip that went viral and slingshotted Stewart into the mainstream.
2. JON’S RETURN AFTER 9/11
This segment is hard to watch, but really showcases what an incredible human Jon is.
3. JON STEWART ON CROSSFIRE
Stewart ultimately got Crossfire cancelled with this appearance. I remember watching this clip over and over, it was so incredible to see the brutal honesty at play in it.
4. THE TIME JON GOT THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS
It’s sad that we live in a world where it takes a comedian to help shed light on the ridiculousness of congress not passing a bill that should be a no-brainer. These two clips show how Stewart brought the matter to light, by first bringing it up on the show, then actually having First Responders show up and talk about it. The bill eventually passed and the NY Times wrote a great piece on Stewart’s roll in it.
5. JOHN STEWART AT THE RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY
With his final speech at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Jon clearly demonstrates why everyone needs to calm the f’ down. “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” I love that line. This speech is a great example of how non polarizing and rational Jon could be.
This bonus clip is incredible. Last night’s final episode of The Daily Show found Stephen Colbert sending off Jon and it was hilarious, but at the 3:20 mark Colbert goes off script and it’s beautiful.
We’ll miss you Jon Stewart. #JonVoyage.