When Jon Stewart signs off The Daily Show for good on August 6, he’ll be closing the door on an era of political satire that he pioneered. Though he has a successor in the form of 31-year-old comedian Trevor Noah, it will take time to fill the void that his departure is leaving behind. The Daily Show under Jon Stewart was an institution, and as is the case with a show that employs fresh writers and comedians, it bred a whole crop of talent in its 15-plus year run. The end of Jon Stewart’s reign is accompanied by a sense of nostalgia for stars before they were the big names we know now. As we bid adieu to Stewart, here are 7 stars who got their start on The Daily Show.
1. Stephen Colbert
Colbert was actually on The Daily Show before Stewart took over in 1999, having started as a correspondent in 1997. He stayed on until 2005, when he got his own Comedy Central show, and now he’s on to late-night big time as David Letterman’s successor (September 8, people).
2. Steve Carrell
Before he was Michael Scott at Dundler Mifflin or the 40-year-old virgin, Steve Carrell was a Daily Show correspondent. “You were here for years, and I never thought you were talented…why didn’t you say anything?” Stewart joked to Carrell in an interview about Carrell’s Oscar-nominated role in the film Foxcatcher in 2014. One of Carrell’s best Daily Show gigs was with Colbert in the segment, “Even Stevphen.”
3. John Oliver
The host of Last Week Tonight is getting street cred each day for his comedic “explanations” to the general public (like his explanation of transgender rights). Being British was his Daily Show schtick (he was “Senior British Person”) and his stint as guest host was probably what got him his own gig.
4. Ed Helms
Another actor who graduated from The Daily Show to The Office: Ed Helms, who was a correspondent from 2002 to 2006. About filming his second field clip, “Touched by a Scalpel,” Helms said, “the script, to me, was the funniest thing I had ever seen. And I was really terrified to break [and laugh] during the taping. But I wanted to do a good job. And Jon looks me in the eye, ‘You know if you laugh during the taping, you’re fired. My heart just stopped. And then he burst out laughing.'” Watch the clip below.
5. Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee was the most senior correspondent on The Daily Show, having departed the show in 2015 after serving 12 years. Though many thought she’d take over Stewart’s hosting duties, she’s off to start her own show on TBS.
6. Rob Corddry
The creator of Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital was a correspondent from 2002 to 2006, and his brother Nate joined in 2005. Rob delivered some of The Daily Show’s signature field reports, and he and Nate had a segment aptly called, “Brother vs. Brother.”
7. Olivia Munn
Don’t think the star of the HBO drama The Newsroom doesn’t know a thing or two about comedy—she fake-anchored the news from 2010 to 2011.