Colbert, Stewart, Oliver, Bee, Helms, and Corddry. What more could you want?
Less than one minute into a reunion between him and five of his most famous former Daily Show correspondents, Jon Stewart says, “I think the thing I’m proudest of, from The Daily Show was the diversity.”
That sets the tone for the conversation ahead between Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry. The whole thing is really more “fireside chat” than “rousing political discourse between half a dozen political powerhouses,” as it’s friendly, familiar, and nice, but not nearly as cutting or as deep as late night as a whole has been getting recently—nor any of the shows Bee, Oliver, and Colbert currently host. They mainly reminisce about the good old days.
But man, were they good. We get looks at everyone’s first field pieces, including a long-forgotten clip in which John Oliver mocks some Civil War re-enactors and promptly breaks his nose. Check it out:
There are also clips of Samantha Bee investigating gay penguins, and Corddry in a light pink leotard in Times Square, so yeah, a brutal six-way takedown of Donald Trump this was not.
And that’s not really a bad thing! It’s nice! Also, in an earlier segment, Colbert and his former employer (now a farmer, apparently) sat down to discuss some deeper issues in more detail. Does Stewart miss being on TV? Having something to shout about, having someone to shout to?
“The process of making the show became entwined with the process of me making sense of things I didn’t understand, so I miss that.” Otherwise, he’s happy as hell to be out of the public eye.
And, for good measure, here’s a fun sketch from the same show, in which all the Daily Show gang appear as themselves twelve years ago, on Colbert’s last day on the show: