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The Jon Stewart school of comedy


Satirist Jon Stewart has announced his retirement from The Daily Show. The BBC's Franz Strasser looks at how cast members used the show as a launching pad (or red carpet) to a stellar career.

Stewart nurtured over 40 comedians as so-called correspondents and contributors during his time at the helm of the Daily Show. The show won 10 straight Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series between 2003-2012.


Steve Carell was a Daily Show correspondent for six years before he moved on to star in the US adaption of The Office - he's now nominated for a best actor Oscar for his work in the film Foxcatcher. His wife, Nancy Carell, is also a Daily Show alumnus. Ed Helms, best known for the Hangover trilogy, previously spent four years as a correspondent. Rachel Harris left the Daily Show after just one year, but went on to appear in dozens of TV series and movies.


Stephen Colbert filled in as an occasional anchor for Stewart and ultimately left the show in 2005 to launch The Colbert Report. Later this year he heads to network TV to take over from David Letterman as host of CBS's The Late Show. John Oliver also saw his stock rise when he presented the show in Stewart's absence and was rewarded with his own Last Week Tonight show on HBO. Larry Wilmore became the latest Daily Show correspondent to go it alone when his The Nightly Show moved into Colbert's old timeslot on Comedy Central.


Stewart has received criticism for not featuring enough women on the show, or having a diverse enough roster of guests. But he's also credited with helping young, minority comedians break through. Aasif Mandvi, an Indian-born, British-raised actor, became the show's Senior Middle East correspondent in 2007. Al Madrigal, who is half Mexican, is the show's Senior Latino Correspondent, and Jessica Williams, an African-American comedian, is the Senior Youth Correspondent. She has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Stewart on the presenter desk.


The Daily Show did not just launch careers, it launched imitators across the world. Bassem Youssef, widely described as the Egyptian Jon Stewart, hosted a show called The Program in 2011, putting him on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential list. In Germany, Oliver Welke paid tribute to Stewart by calling his own series Heute Show. It's been a hit since 2009.

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