Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” farewell on Comedy Central was one for the ages with current and former colleagues, celebrities, politicians and Muppets paying tribute to the satirical legend.
There were many magical comedic moments and some more poignant ones as well.
Here are TheWrap‘s top 5 takeaways from Stewart’s swan song after 16 years helping the show.
1. Correspondents Classic
What began as a typical “Daily Show” debate coverage spoof evolved into an epic segment featuring current and former correspondents.
Jessica Williams, Hasan Minhaj and Jordan Klepper reported from the debate, covering Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker’s debate performance. They were soon joined by returning correspondents Samantha Bee, Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Vance DeGeneres, Mo Rocca, “Veep’s” Matt Walsh and an angry Larry Wilmore, whose “Nightly Show” got bumped for an extended finale for Stewart.
“Black shows matter,” Wilmore said, a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Other correspondents joining the fray included Josh Gad, Rob Corddry and “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader, who made it clear he wasn’t thrilled with Stewart comparing him to Dick Cheney.
Ed Helms and “Gitmo” the Muppet were also nice touches, and John Oliver appeared with an accounting of what he ate for breakfast the first day he appeared on “Daily Show.”
Opening with his correspondents was a classy move by Stewart, an acknowledgment that the “Daily Show” was only as strong as his supporting cast.
2. “Lord of The Colbert”/Trevor Noah Measures Stewart’s Manliness
No farewell would be complete without Stephen Colbert appearing as a “Lord of the Rings” character.
The next “Late Show” host appeared as “Sam” from the fantasy trilogy — who knows why, but it was hilarious, cracking Stewart up throughout.
As Stewart was about to go to break, Colbert wouldn’t let him, smothering him with praise: “We owe you because we learned from you — you were infuriatingly good at your job,” Colbert concluded, drawing Stewart to tear up.
And Stewart’s successor Trevor Noah was also in the building, interrupting a segment as he sprawled a tape measure across the set to prepare for his new show. He then sized up Stewart, measuring his manly parts (outside the pants, of course).
3. “So long, jackass”
Stewart made his living off of skewering politicians, so some of America’s highest-profile politicos naturally had to say goodbye.