Jon Stewart’s first attempt at a new HBO series may have been scrapped, but the former Daily Show host isn’t down and out. Not only will Stewart return to standup for the first time in twenty-one years with a new HBO special, but also headline a Night of Too Many Stars.
When young Jews hit that magical age of 13, they go through the coming-of-age ceremony known as a bar mitzvah (for boys) or a bat mitzvah (for gals). There’s music, dancing, and food, you receive lots of money for bravely keeping a straight face while assorted relatives pinch your cheeks, and if you’re really lucky, a major late-night personality will bless your entry into the world of adulthood with his virtual presence.
The Daily Show has gone on long enough that you’d have a hard time picking any one dream cast to reunite. Nevertheless, Stephen Colbert may have found it, setting joint Late Show appearances for Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Samantha Bee and more.
Last week, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart had fan hopes up that his particular brand of acerbic satire might return to TV ahead of this year’s chaotic elections, as HBO officials suggested his development deal could soon bear fruit. Now, Stewart himself acknowledges that some of the animated content he’s helped shepherd could arrive, but also that “I am not going to be on television anymore.”
Jon Stewart said goodbye to The Daily Show last night in equal parts star-studded and quiet, personal fashion as former correspondents like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Olivia Munn returned to pay their respects, while Bruce Springsteen closed out the slow with a performance — at Stewart’s request — of his 1999 song “The Land of Hopes and Dreams” and, for his fellow New Jerseyan, “Born to Run”.