List of The Daily Show correspondents

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This article is a list of the correspondents and on-screen contributors, past and present, who have appeared on the satirical television program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Correspondents, collectively known as "The Best F#@king News Team Ever", normally have two roles: "experts" with satirical "senior" titles whom host Jon Stewart interviews about certain issues, or hosts of original reporting segments which often showcase interviews of serious political figures. The show's contributors often have their own unique recurring segment on the show and tend to appear less frequently.

Current cast[edit]

Correspondents[edit]

Name Debut Notes
Samantha Bee July 2003 "This Week in God", "Are You Prepared?!?"; married to correspondent Jason Jones; longest-serving regular correspondent (both active and all-time) after passing Stephen Colbert in 2012.
Jason Jones September 2005 "Are You Prepared?!?", "Jason Jones 180"; married to correspondent Samantha Bee.
Jordan Klepper March 3, 2014 New Senior Caucasian Correspondent
Al Madrigal May 17, 2011 Senior Latino Correspondent.
Aasif Mandvi August 2006 Senior Middle East Correspondent; started as contributor; made correspondent in March 2007.
Jessica Williams January 11, 2012 Senior Youth Correspondent. Senior Beyoncé Correspondent.

Contributors[edit]

Name Debut Notes
Lewis Black July 1996 "Back in Black", he is the longest-running contributor to work on The Daily Show, having served on the show since the beginning.
John Hodgman January 2006 Resident Expert, Deranged Millionaire, "You're Welcome", "Exper-teasers"; "Money Talks"; appeared on the show once as a guest in November 2005 to promote The Areas of My Expertise
Kristen Schaal March 13, 2008 Women's Issues Correspondent; married to long-time Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist.
Larry Wilmore August 2006 Senior Black Correspondent, "Wilmore-Oliver Investigates"

Former cast[edit]

Recurring correspondents[edit]

Name Years Notes
Dan Bakkedahl 2005 to 2007 Hired to replace departing correspondent Stephen Colbert in 2005. Filed his final report on September 25, 2007.
Mary Birdsong 2002 Contributing correspondent.
A. Whitney Brown 1996 to 1998 "Backfire"; was one of The Daily Show's original correspondents. Had his own The Daily Show special in 1998 called "Weirder Than Whitney".
Steve Carell 1999 to 2005 "Even Stephven", "Produce Pete", "Dollars and "Cents"", "We Love Showbiz", "Slimmin' Down With Steve", "Ad Nauseam". Carell had his own The Daily Show special in May 2001 called "Steve Carell Salutes Steve Carell" highlighting his most popular field assignments on the show. Carell is the first correspondent to become a major movie and television star since leaving The Daily Show in early 2005. Steve has since returned numerous times as a featured guest. He is married to fellow former correspondent Nancy (Walls) Carell.
Wyatt Cenac 2008 to 2012 Senior Correspondent; also provides voice for Michael Steele puppet. Filed his final report on December 13, 2012, but also made a cameo guest appearance on August 15, 2013 for the last show of guest host John Oliver.
Michael Che 2014 Left to co-anchor Weekend Update on SNL.[1]
Stephen Colbert 1997 to 2005 "Even Stephven", "This Week In God", "The Jobbing of America". Although Colbert left The Daily Show team in mid-2005, through 2010 Stewart frequently "tossed" to him at The Colbert Report at the end of a show. Colbert has also made a number of Daily Show cameos since 2005, particularly in reference to his mock "presidential campaigns" in 2007/08 and 2011/12, and Stewart's stewardship of Colbert SuperPAC in 2011. With a nearly nine-year tenure, Colbert was the longest serving correspondent on The Daily Show until his record was broken by Samantha Bee in 2012.
Nate Corddry 2005 to 2006 The younger brother of correspondent Rob Corddry. As a running joke on the show, older brother Rob would often appear in Nate's segments usually picking on him. This eventually led to the two brothers having their own "Even Stephven"-style debate segment called "Brother vs. Brother".
Rob Corddry 2002 to 2006 "This Week In God", "Come On!", "Popular Music Omnibus", and as he liked to call them, "Poop jokes". Corddry left the show in September 2006 to start a film career and to star in The Winner, a Fox comedy that ran from March 4 to March 18, 2007. He has also returned as a special guest correspondent several times since. Corddry created and stars in the comedy series Children's Hospital, currently airing on Adult Swim.
Josh Gad 2009 to 2011 Contributing Correspondent. Made his last appearance on December 12, 2011.
Vance DeGeneres 1999 to 2001 "Dollars and "Cents"", "A Tale of Survival", had his own The Daily Show special in 2000 highlighting his popular "Tales of Survival" segments.
Susie Essman 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Rachael Harris 2002 to 2003 "Mark Your Calendar", "We Love Showbiz".
Ed Helms 2002 to 2006 "Digital Watch", "Ad Nauseam", "Mark Your Calendar", "We Love Showbiz", "This Week in God". Helms and fellow correspondent Rob Corddry had their own The Daily Show special in 2003 called "I'm a Correspondent: Please Don't Fire Me". Helms made an appearance on July 21, 2008 as a special guest correspondent. Most recently, Helms was one of the stars of the hit 2009 comedy The Hangover, making him the second prominent former correspondent (after Steve Carell) to star in a hit movie and return as a featured guest on the show. Helms also starred in The Office, which ran from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013.
Beth Littleford 1996 to 2000 "The Beth Littleford Interview", "bETh". In 1999, she had her own The Daily Show special called "The Beth Littleford Interview Special", highlighting her popular celebrity interviews. Littleford was the only original correspondent to stay with the show after Jon Stewart took over as host.
Olivia Munn 2010 to 2011 Senior Asian Correspondent. Made her final appearance on September 12, 2011.
John Oliver 2006 to 2013 Senior British Person; "Wilmore-Oliver Investigates"; on writing staff from 2007 to 2013. Interim host during the summer of 2013. He departed the show on December 19, 2013 to prepare hosting his own late night show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO which premiered on April 27, 2014.
Caroline Rhea 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Rob Riggle 2006 to 2008 Senior Military Affairs Correspondent; Some of his most memorable work on the show included his overseas special assignments. His week-long reports from Iraq in 2007 titled "Operation: Silent Thunder" brought much attention to the show. After the success of "Silent Thunder", he traveled to China for his second overseas four-part series during the 2008 Olympics, titled "Rob Riggle: Chasing the Dragon". Shortly after announcing he would be leaving the show, he made his farewell appearance on December 10, 2008. Riggle made a surprise appearance on the August 3, 2010 show, during an interview with Will Ferrell and again on August 15, 2013 for the last show of guest host John Oliver.
Mo Rocca 1998 to 2003 "Dollars and "Cents"", "Mark Your Calendar", "Mopinion". Rocca went on to parlay his Daily Show correspondent persona in numerous other cable appearances, such as several VH1 "talking head" shows and at the 2004 political conventions for Larry King Live.
Jeffrey Ross 1996 to 1997 Contributing correspondent.
Michael Showalter 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Denny Siegel 1999 Contributing correspondent.
Jeff Stilson 1998 to 1999 Contributing correspondent.
Miriam Tolan 2000 to 2001 Contributing correspondent. Also occasionally filled in for Nancy Walls' on "Dollars and "Cents""
Brian Unger 1996 to 1998 "Backfire", was one of The Daily Show's original correspondents.
David Wain 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Nancy Walls 1999 to 2002 "We Love Showbiz", "Popular Music Omnibus", "Dollars and "Cents"", married to fellow former correspondent Steve Carell.
Matt Walsh 2001 to 2002 News You Can Utilize, "Dollars and "Cents"", had his own The Daily Show special in May 2002 called "Matt Walsh Goes to Hawaii".
Lauren Weedman 2001 to 2002 "Dollars and "Cents"", "We Love Showbiz".
Bob Wiltfong 2004 to 2005 Contributing correspondent.
Lizz Winstead 1996 to 1997 Original correspondent and co-creator of The Daily Show.
Stacey Grenrock-Woods 1998 to 2003 Contributing correspondent.

Contributors and one-time correspondents[edit]

Name Years Notes
Amy Atkins 1998 Contributor.
Dave Attell 1999 to 2002 Contributor, "The Ugly American".
Michael Blieden 1996 to 1999 Contributor, original host of "Ad Nauseam".
John Bloom 1996 to 1999 Contributor, "God Stuff".
Rich Brown 1996 to 1999 Contributor, "Public Excess". Also a one-time correspondent.
Sameer Butt 1997 to 1998 Contributor.
Frank DeCaro 1996 to 2003 Contributor, "Out at the Movies"; he currently hosts his own program on Sirius Satellite Radio and was a celebrity panelist on GSN's revival of I've Got a Secret.
Eric Drysdale 2001 A long time writer for The Daily Show and later on The Colbert Report; Drysdale was a one-time correspondent as well as often appearing in other various comedy bits for the show.
Adrianne Frost 2002 One-time correspondent.
Jon Glaser 2004 One-time correspondent.
Dave Gorman 2006 Contributor, "Poll Smoking"; appeared on the show once as a guest in 2001 to promote Are You Dave Gorman?.
Al Greenwood 1998 to 2000 Contributor, "Al Up in That". Greenwood (known for his local "Bedspread King" commercials) appeared as the show's "elderly consumer advocate". In 2000, he hosted The Daily Show special "Al Greenwood's Wrinkled Nuts", a best-of collection of the correspondent's field interviews with elderly residents. Greenwood passed away on June 6, 2001 at age 93, an "in memoriam" clip for Greenwood was shown as the "Moment of Zen" on the show that week.
Buck Henry 2007 Contributor, "The Henry Stops Here", Senior Historical Perspectivist.
Tom Johnson 2000 to 2001 Contributor, "Lord Viper Scorpion".
Laura Kightlinger 1999 One-time correspondent.
Andy Kindler 2000 to 2001 Contributor, "TV Guy".
Robert Knight 1997 Contributor.
Ed Lover 1997 to 1998 Contributor, "Ed Lover's America".
Demetri Martin 2005 to 2008 Contributor, "Trendspotting". Left to star in his own Comedy Central show, Important Things with Demetri Martin.
Jerry Minor 2000 One-time correspondent.
Molly Pesce 1996 to 1997 Originally co-hosted The Daily Show's movie review segments with Frank DeCaro. Eventually, DeCaro would go solo with his own segment "Out at the Movies" in 1997.
David Pompeii 2001 One-time correspondent.
Tom Shillue 1998 to 1999 Contributor, "This Week in Hate". Also an occasional correspondent.
Campbell Smith 2001 Contributor, "Dollars and "Cents"".
William Stephenson 1999 Contributor, "What I'm Sayin".
Patrick Stewart 2012 Senior Replacement Correspondent.
Paul F. Tompkins 1998 Contributor, "Us People's Weekly Entertainment".
Sarah Vowell 2011 One-time correspondent, "Senior Historical Context Correspondent".

Timeline chart[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Busis, Hillary (2014-09-12). "Remembering Michael Che's too-brief 'Daily Show' run". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 

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