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John Oliver sheds a tear in 'Daily Show' farewell -- VIDEO

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In the final Daily Show of 2013, Jon Stewart surprised John Oliver with a heartfelt tribute and retrospective highlighting his more than seven years with the show. Oliver was unprepared, especially since he and Stewart had spent the afternoon readying a bit about the royal hacking scandal. Instead, Stewart kicked back, put a foot on his desk and just started talking about his friend, who’s leaving to host his own HBO show. “We’re not doing the bit?” interrupted Oliver, who was clearly disappointed at first.

The lengthy tribute included Oliver’s Dickensian imitations, “sophisticated wit,” rhythm-challenged dance moves, and hilarious jaw-dropping interviews with oblivious political figures. “We’re going to miss you,” Stewart said, as Oliver, clearly moved, shed a tear.

Carry on, John Oliver. We’ll miss you.

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'Anchorman 2' gang breaks Jon Stewart's will to live -- VIDEO

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We learned a lot of things when the Anchorman gang visited Jon Stewart. We learned that Paul Rudd’s non-aging magic — fueled by stored Nazi blood — enables one to become him if you kill him. We learned that Steve Carell craves Chilean hors d’oeuvres picked by abused migrant workers. And we learned that the Daily Show green room isn’t exactly the Taj Mahal.

When Carell returned to the Daily Show last night, flanked by his three tag-along co-stars, they presented Stewart with special gifts — drab gifts from the green-room walls and end-tables. Stewart clearly was expecting something grander in the holiday spirit — or at least something that he didn’t have to return to its rightful place, like the cup of straws.

Carell and Stewart bonded briefly over champagne and food, but things soon fell apart. One moment they were discussing David Koechner’s affinity for airline porn, the next, there were threats of cutting off Paul Rudd’s face.

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Jennifer Lawrence almost wore a turkey on her head on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Here it is, your moment of zen — a.k.a. eight minutes of Jon Stewart ostensibly interviewing Jennifer Lawrence about her starring role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

But because the movie’s so huge that there’s barely anything left for J. Law to say about it — and because this was the Oscar winner’s last stop on a long, grueling press tour — and because anyone who’s seen Lawrence do talk shows before knows that she can make even diarrhea sound charming — Stewart instead chose to spend the entire segment simply riffing with Lawrence, variously discussing her haircut, her resemblance to a young Helen Mirren, and her brief urge to stick her face into a Daily Show prop turkey, Monica Geller-style. “I passed that turkey backstage, and I thought for one second about putting it over my head and running out,” Lawrence explains to Stewart. “But then I was like, ‘Ehh, you have enough attention.'”

False, Jennifer: Keep up this charisma offensive, and we’ll never get sick of you. Also: Someone Photoshop an image of Jennifer Lawrence wearing a turkey on her head. NOW.

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Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and more take a crack at Toronto mayor Rob Ford's drug scandal

Anthony Weiner owes Rob Ford a big, fat, thank you text. The Toronto mayor’s crack-smoking scandal is the latest bumbling politico to hijack the headlines, and in particular, a favorite subject to be lampooned by late night hosts.

In case you’ve been holed up in a D.A.R.E sweatshirt cocoon, Ford is the Toronto mayor who was saddled with allegations that he was caught smoking crack on video. In a news conference on Tuesday he admitted, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” he said. “But no, do I, am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.” This slippery slope of shoddy substance abuse logic had late night hosts in a comedy stupor of their own last night. Read on for our round-up of the best Rob Ford jokes of last night from Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and more. READ FULL STORY

Stewart and Colbert celebrate 'Rockin' Government Shutdown Eve' -- VIDEO

“For those just joining the story in progress, our government is going to shut down in 57 of your Earth minutes,” Jon Stewart declared around 11:03 p.m. ET last night. To mark the occasion, both he and his networkmate Stephen Colbert kicked off their shows with segments celebrating “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve” — though naturally, each comedian put his own spin on the material.

Stewart indulged in his trademark righteous indignation, sniping at Republican explanations for the shutdown – “‘it’s an unconstitutional takings of God-given American–‘ it sounds like ‘a bullsh—ing of random patriotic buzzwordies'” — and comparing the GOP to a losing football team that threatens to shut down the NFL if they’re not awarded more points. (“What I’m saying,” Stewart continued, “is, wouldn’t it be nice if the united states congress aspired to the maturity and problem-solving capacity of football players?”) The Daily Show host ended the bit with his very favorite Willy Wonka clip — words that Republicans should heed, since they’re coming from “a small business owner.”

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Piers Morgan makes Twitter dig at 'Daily Show' Emmy loss: 'It's over for Jon Stewart'

Does Piers Morgan have a beef with Jon Stewart? The British host of CNN’s Piers Morgan Live took to Twitter to react to The Colbert Report winning over The Daily Show for Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys last night:
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'The Daily Show': Jon Stewart makes his triumphant return -- VIDEO

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As of Sept. 3, Stephen Colbert’s worst nightmare is finally over. Jon Stewart, once and future fake news maven, has emerged from the Jordanian desert to take his rightful place at the Daily Show‘s anchor desk. (Sure, John Oliver did a great job filling in for his boss over the past 12 weeks — but as Colbert noted on his own show tonight, there’s just something morally reprehensible about getting news from someone with an English accent.)

Of course, Stewart’s transition from Hiatus Jon to Business-as-Usual Jon wasn’t entirely smooth. READ FULL STORY

John Oliver bids farewell to 'Daily Show' hosting gig -- how'd he do? VIDEO

Can The Daily Show with Jon Stewart survive even without Jon Stewart?

After this summer’s Great Oliver Experiment, it’s safe to answer that question with a “yes.” Sure, it took a few weeks for John Oliver to get comfortable in the anchor’s chair. Once he did, though, the Brit proved that he’s got enough affable charm to ably fill Stewart’s formidable shoes — as well as a winning, self-deprecating attitude that automatically made viewers want to root for his success.

Throughout the summer, Oliver worked hard to keep reminding us that his hosting stint would only be temporary. (See, for example, the lies about Stewart’s whereabouts that opened every single Oliver episode; he never let the audience forget that he was just filling in for the show’s real host.) But if there’s any justice, Oliver won’t have to say a second stringer for long. Over the past three months, he demonstrated that he’s ready and able to carry his own show — or to take over for Stewart permanently if and when the longtime Daily Show host decides to step down from the perch he’s held for the past 14 years.

It helped, of course, that Oliver happened to luck into a summer filled with juicy stories including the search for Edward Snowden, Paula Deen’s racism snafu, and the United Kingdom’s royal baby. When you see each of them mentioned in quick succession, it’s kind of hard to believe that just three months could hold this much ridiculosity:

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Where has Jon Stewart been all summer? Let John Oliver explain...

For the past nine weeks, viewers expecting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to live up to its name have been in for a rude awakening.

Aside from one quick Skype visit, Stewart himself has been nowhere to be found. Instead, the show’s been helmed by another, more “h”-happy John: John Oliver, who stepped in for Stewart on June 10.

In reality, Stewart took the summer off to film a movie in the Middle East. But explaining that over and over again would have gotten pretty boring pretty fast — which is why Oliver has instead opened each of the show’s past 31 episodes with a new, ridiculous explanation for where Stewart’s actually been hiding.

Before Oliver sits down at the anchor’s desk one last time tonight, relive his tenure as Daily Show host by reading every single one of those excuses — some of which come with an awesome photo illustration, courtesy of TDS‘s graphics department. (Many of the lines double as reminders about this summer’s biggest news stories; remember when that red panda escaped from the National Zoo?) Sure, we’ve missed Jon the First — but these jokes are reason enough to celebrate his scrappy British replacement.

“I am John Oliver — still here for Jon Stewart, who…
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John Hodgman takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

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John Hodgman, whose end-of-days comedy special John Hodgman: Ragnarok is currently streaming on Netflix, hadn’t yet seen Man of Steel when he visited EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, so he couldn’t weigh in on Superman’s mass-casualty battle with General Zod (Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Shannon) for Earth, or the ending that had everyone talking. “I know what it is: Superman flies around the Earth and reverses its orbit such that time goes backwards and Zod takes a job in the alcohol enforcement division of the IRS and starts busting bootleggers in Atlantic City during Prohibition. Is that what happens?” he said.

Hodgman could, however, dip into the debate about whether Superman (Henry Cavill) needs to lighten up. “Here’s the thing: I am a big Zack Synder fan. I want anything that you take from my mouth to be prefaced by this: I loved Watchmen, loved Dawn of the Dead. I think 300 is one of the most important American movies of the 2000s, without question. I’m not joking. It’s groundbreaking cinema. But if there’s a Superman movie, I want to be able to take my 7-year-old to see it! Just like I want to be able to take my 7-year-old to see a Batman movie. They’re comic books, everybody,” he said. “I loved the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, and I bet you I’ll love the Superman movie, too. That’s because I’m a big, overgrown juvenile nerd. But I equally — and perhaps even a little bit more — love watching Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoons with my son, because that’s what they’re supposed to be. Thought-provoking — you can do that with comics. Deep, heavy — you can do that with comics. But also entertaining and distracting and not traumatizing for children — another thing you can do with comics.”

For more of Hodgman’s musings on pop culture — including why it pays to have MythBusters‘ Adam Savage, who expertly replicates props from beloved movies in his downtime, as a hero-turned-friend — watch his Personality Test below. READ FULL STORY

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