As The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s “last dude,” Louis C.K. really had to deliver as a guest. Fortunately for all of us, that’s exactly what he did.
Comedy emissary C.K. made a memorable appearance on The Daily Show’s penultimate episode last night, congratulating Stewart on his incredible run and declaring the host’s tenure on the show “one of the great comedy accomplishments of all time.” “I came on behalf of comedy to say—I represent all comedy—just to say, nice job,” C.K. said, laughing.
All told, the two funnymen had a hilarious, heartfelt exchange, beginning by reminiscing on their days as up-and-coming New York City stand-ups frequenting the Comedy Cellar. “You’re one of the first guys I ever saw there,” C.K. told Stewart. “You were so great. It was like, ‘Who’s this little Jew, he’s funny?’” “That was the original title of my act,” Stewart joked. “Little Funny Jew.”
The two agreed that Stewart is doing the right thing by stepping away from the Daily Show desk. “I’m going to miss watching you on this show,” C.K. said—“I’m going to miss being on it,” was Stewart’s quietly devastating reply—“but I think the most reliable way to take a good thing and make it go bad is to hold onto it too long. So you gotta let it go. Also, you know, it’s really time to go,” C.K. deadpanned, much to Stewart’s delight.
C.K. brought out the proverbial big guns towards the end of the interview, hailing Stewart’s Daily Show legacy in no uncertain terms:
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’s final episode airs tonight at 11 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central. Laugh, cry a little (or a lot), and witness the end of an era in fake news.