'Daily Show' Set Finds New Home Following Jon Stewart's Final Show
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Jon Stewart, a comedian who for 16 years made us laugh, consider and contemplate, will leave his “Daily Show” on Thursday. However, a major part of the show will live on.
Newseum (h/t CNN Money) issued a press release that promises an opportunity for fans to pay homage to the Stewart iteration of the long-running Comedy Central series, stating, “the Newseum announced it will acquire the set of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ following Stewart’s final appearance as host of the late-night television program on Thursday, Aug. 6.”
For those uninitiated, Stewart dropped the bombshell that he would be leaving the beloved series back in February.
Here he is recently updating fans on Thursday’s finale:
The release states that the museum will acquire items such as the desk, globe and props—although there is no mention of any reams of blue paper that seem to be ubiquitous on the set.
Newseum’s Cathy Trost offered: “From ‘The Daily Show’ anchor desk, Jon Stewart dissected the news with blistering wit and wisdom as millions watched. He also was a voice for a strong and free press, and against the silencing of journalists by repressive regimes.”
For those interested in stopping by, the Newseum in Washington D.C. is open every day from 9 a.m. until 5 in the evening.
It remains a destination dedicated to “champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment.” To further that aim, it will now acquire pieces of a show that has acquired 20 Emmys over its duration on the network. And, as Newseum notes, “The series also is a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.”
“The Daily Show” began in 1996 with the witty and engaging Craig Kilborn. While many were skeptical about the show's future when he left, the show received what would be its longest tenured host in Stewart in 1999.
Humor was occasionally just the byproduct of sharp, cutting criticism that often elevated the national debate on myriad topics. That hardly means the show was devoid of pure, blissful silliness, however.
Now the helm goes to Trevor Noah who will have a new set, an alternative way of looking at the world and, of course, a singular way to make us laugh.
Stewart is one tough act to follow as evidenced by the fact that his news desk will now be enshrined at the Newseum.
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