11 of John Oliver's Greatest Moments as ‘Daily Show’ Host (Videos)

11 of John Oliver's Greatest Moments as 'Daily Show' Host (Videos)

The fill-in host has compiled an impressive reel during his summer as TV's highest-profile temp

Thursday marks the end of an epic "Daily Show" era, capping a towering achievment not only in television, but corporate continuity and international relations.

Or maybe it's just the night that John Oliver clears out his desk.

Either way, it's a time Jon Stewart may want to quickly forget, since things went pretty smoothly in his absence — ratings held, no one was fired and TheWrap kept highlighting "The Daily Show's" best stuff, day in and day out. It's a credit not just to Oliver, but to the strength of the show overall.

Now the Brit vacates the seat he's been keeping warm this summer while Stewart was abroad shooting his first feature film, "Rosewater," the close-to-home story of an Iranian journalist locked up in his country after speaking with "Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones.

See video: Jon Stewart's Goodbye: Watch John Oliver Seize 'The Daily Show'

Oliver had big shoes to fill while the man who anchored the show since 1999 was away, and fill them he did — with nine weeks of nothing but memories.

It wasn't easy, but TheWrap whittled down Oliver's ouvre to the Top 11 clips.

Watch the videos here:

Congress voted down the Farm Bill for the first time in at least 40 years. Stop the cows! (That will make sense in a few moments.)

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John Oliver Declares 2nd Amendment the Winner of All Amendments:

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Oliver on Zimmerman Verdict: Florida Law Seems Cut and Pasted From 1881 Tombstone:

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Oliver Urges Donald Trump to Run in 2016: 'I Will Personally Write You a Campaign Check':

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Anthony Weiner's Campaign Had 'A Bit of a Cock-up,' Oliver Says:

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Oliver Asks Why Cable News is Always Using a Thumping Rock Beat:

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Oliver Blames Filibusters on 'Congress's Innate D—ishness':

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Barack Obama Has Become the 'NBC of Presidents':

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"Are you f—ing kidding me? Jon's been gone one day. One day. We had such a fun, gentle first show planned for you — a few harmless 'I'm British' jokes," Oliver said:

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If You're a Whistle, You're Getting Blown:

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Oliver on Sarah Palin: 'Wait a Second – We Can Just Ignore Her':