Stephen Colbert's Daily Show Reunion Cements Jon Stewart's Legacy

Posted May 12, 2017

Colbert then brought his pal Stewart out for a solo interview in which the comedian poked fun at Colbert's recent scandal.

Why? Well first of all, the entire hullabaloo turned out to be largely drummed up by right-wing provocateurs.

Really, the only past correspondent of note from this era who is missing from the reunion is Steve Carell, who often served as a foil to Colbert in reoccurring bits like "Even Stephven". Sure, but now we're talking about a line comedians aren't allowed to cross, and we promise that scenario doesn't end well when drawn out. TONIGHT on #LSSC: @StephenAtHome, Jon Stewart, @iamsambee, @iamjohnoliver, @edhelms and @robcorddry!

"I'm not comfortable here".

"No", said Stewart. "I enjoyed it and would try and heighten it. John's lucky we didn't do that on pavement".

"That I do", Colbert concurred. "So I miss that and the people like you, and all the great people who were around it". 'But might I say, I learned it from you, Dad'. Then he pointed at Stewart.

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As each donned different getups to parody how they looked 12 years ago, they reflected on what, in hindsight, must have been a simpler time.

Later, viewers were treated to a "flashback" to Colbert's last day as a Daily Show correspondent circa 2005, where Samantha Bee asked her colleague how he could leave smack dab in the middle of the George W. Bush administration. We're never gonna hear from HER again'. (Stewart and his wife own a sanctuary farm in New Jersey.) "But the things that I've gained in terms of time with family, I wouldn't give up", Stewart continued.

Crowding onto couches in a morning show style, the group went on to recall fond memories of the show that launched their careers.

Afterward, the Daily Show team reunited to reminisce on their glory days. "I mean if he's gone, who's going to investigate Russia's ties to - Ohhhhhhhhhhh". "This is what it was like to hang out backstage for years at 'The Daily Show'".

'The process of making the show somehow became intwined with my process of making sense of things that I didn't understand, ' he said, 'so I miss that'.

Colbert also cut to clips from early field pieces, including Helms getting a mole removed, Corddry dressing up in a leotard to cover the Spider-Man craze, Oliver tripping at a Civil War reenactment and Bee learning about gay penguins.