After almost two decades, Jon Stewart’s last gig as “The Daily Show” host is Aug. 6. The left-wing “news” show has served has helped many talented names break through over those years. Here are some of them.
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Stephen Colbert spun off his conservative commentator character into “The Colbert Report.” He has also been tapped to replace David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show.” His first episode premieres Sept. 8.
Samantha Bee and Jason Jones
Married correspondents Samantha Bee and Jason Jones have separate talent holding pacts with CBS and CBS Paramount Network TV. She is developing a latenight TBS show of her own, while he stars in an upcoming TBS comedy series that they developed together.
Madrigal is the Señor Latino Correspondent and was a regular in NBC’s series “About a Boy,” based on the film and book by Nick Hornby. His Fusion special “Half Like Me” aired in early 2015.
“The Daily Show’s” Senior Middle East Correspondent had roles in “The Dictator,” “Premium Rush” and “The Internship.” He also stars in, writes and co-produces the Funny or Die web series “Halal In The Family” and acts, writes and co-produces the HBO comedy “The Brink.”
After a successful summer of subbing for host Jon Stewart, John Oliver landed a weekly topic comedy series that airs Sundays on HBO that has garnered him a cult-like following not dissimilar to that of Jon Stewart’s.
Larry Wilmore parlayed his experience as “The Daily Show’s” Senior Black Correspondent into his own gig hosting panelist program “The Nightly Show,” Comedy Central’s replacement for “The Colbert Report.”
Dan Bakkedahl has a recurring role as Congressman Furlong on “Veep” and as Adrian Bergdahl in “The Mindy Project.”
Mary Birdsong is best known for her role on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!” and had a role in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” She’s also appeared in Comedy Central’s “Review” and Cinemax’s “The Knick.”
The comedian opened his one-man show “Running on Empty” on Broadway in 2012 and still regularly contributes to “The Daily Show” with his segment “Back in Black.” He lent his (angry) voice to the animated film “Inside Out” and will appear in the ABC TV movie “Madoff.”
Steve Carell and Nancy Carell
After wrapping “The Office,” Steve Carell has reprised his role as Gru in “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions.” He also went off type and appeared in 2014’s “Foxcatcher.” He and wife Nancy Carell, who was also a “Daily Show” correspondent, have a series order from TBS for “Angie Tribeca,” a satirical police comedy. The duo exec produces the project, which stars Rashida Jones.
Cenac has appeared, in one way or another, in Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” and Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman.” In addition to his comedy specials, he co-stars in Conan O’Brien’s alien abductee TBS pilot, “The Group.”
Brother of fellow “Daily Show” alum Rob Corddry, Nate stars in CBS’ “Mom” and also voiced Zed in Disney XD’s “Tron: Uprising.” He also appears in Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot.
Rob Corddry is the creator and star of Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital,” and won two Emmys for short-format live-action. He also appears in HBO’s “Ballers” and the “Hot Tub Time Machine” movies.
After a Tony nomination for “The Book of Mormon,” Josh Gad also starred as Steve Wozniak in “Jobs” opposite Ashton Kutcher. He was also the voice of Olaf the Snowman in Disney’s hit “Frozen.” He co-starred with Billy Crystal on the short-lived FX series “The Comedians.”
Vance DeGeneres (the older brother of Ellen DeGeneres) runs Steve Carell’s Carousel Productions at Warner Bros. with Charlie Hartsock.
Rachael Harris co-starred with Christopher Meloni in the Fox sitcom “Surviving Jack.” She’s also appeared in USA’s “Suits” and is a series regular on Fox series “Lucifer.”
Ed Helms stars in a reboot of “Vacation” with New Line and the upcoming Starz series “The One Percent.”
John Hodgman cameoed in “Pitch Perfect 2” and lays down the law in his podcast “Judge John Hodgman.” His comedy tour, “Vacationland,” is jokingly referred to as “white privilege mortality comedy.”
Beth Littleford stars in Disney Channel’s “Dog With a Blog.”
“The Daily Show’s” Senior Asian Correspondent, Olivia Munn starred in HBO’s “The Newsroom” and in “Magic Mike.” She’ll also appear in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Zoolander 2.”
Rob Riggle starred in the sequel “Dumb and Dumber To” and lent his voice to Fox ADHD show “Golan the Insatiable.” He also had web series “Coogan Auto” on YouTube’s Loud Channel.
Mo Rocca is a correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning and hosts “My Grandmother’s Ravioli” on the Cooking Channel, where he travels around the U.S. and learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers in their kitchens. He’s a regular panelist on NPR quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”
Kristen Schaal voices Louise Belcher in Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” and co-stars on the Fox comedy “The Last Man on Earth.” She stars opposite Melissa McCarthy in the upcoming Universal comedy “Michelle Darnell.”
An original correspondent and producer on “The Daily Show,” Brian Unger hosted History’s “How the States Got Their Shapes,” and contributes to NPR. He also recurs on FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and hosts the Travel Channel show “Time Traveling with Brian Unger.”
Matt Walsh co-stars as Mike McLintock, the director of communications to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ “Veep” on HBO.
Lauren Weedman had a role in HBO’s gay dramedy “Looking.”