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Stephen Colbert on Tuesday assembled an elite group of “Daily Show” alumni to walk down memory lane and weigh in on current events.
In addition to former host Jon Stewart, who’s also an executive producer on CBS’s “Late Show,” Colbert brought former correspondents of the Comedy Central show Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Rob Corddry, and Ed Helms to “The Late Show.” (Colbert also got his start appearing on “The Daily Show.”)
“This arrangement we have right now is exactly something we would have made fun of on ‘The Daily Show,'” Colbert said as the stars took their places on the sofa. Still, it likely was a joy for anyone who fondly remembers the show’s glory days.
Bee, who now hosts TBS’s “Full Frontal,” spoke of the many far-flung destinations she traveled to for “The Daily Show” and what it took to pull off the show’s humorous sketches based on the news.
“I would spend days with the worst homophobes, sometimes just the worst people you could possibly imagine,” she said. “And you have to get them to engage in this big sketch you’ve done. And you’ve taken three airplanes to get there and you need them to give you some content, so you have to be really nice to them all day.”
Many of the other former “Daily Show” stars also have moved on to fruitful careers. Oliver hosts the HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” while Helms and Corddry have shifted to successful film and TV careers. Helms starred in the “Hangover” film franchise, and Corddry has been on beloved shows like “Ballers” and “Childrens Hospital.”
Colbert acknowledged Stewart’s role in their careers.
“I wouldn’t have this gig or any gig if it hadn’t been for this man,” he said.
The last time all five people appeared on TV together was during Stewart’s “Daily Show” farewell in 2015, which featured most of the correspondents from the show’s history.
Stewart referenced the 1995 movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in describing his more mature appearance compared with the former correspondents’ younger looks.
“This really does look like a group of students coming back to see Mr. Holland,” Stewart said. “It’s the end, and I’ve done it all.”
The crew also put together a “flashback” sketch, going back to Colbert’s last day on “The Daily Show” in 2005, before “The Colbert Report” started during the Bush administration, and got in some sharp jokes about how things have changed.
Watch the “Daily Show” reunion: