List of The Daily Show episodes

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The Daily Show is an American late-night satirical television program airing each Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central and, in Canada, The Comedy Network. The half-hour-long show premiered on July 21, 1996, and was hosted by Craig Kilborn until December 1998. Jon Stewart took over as host in January 1999, making the show more strongly focused on politics and the national media, in contrast with the pop culture focus during Kilborn's tenure. It is currently the second longest-running program on Comedy Central, and has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards. A total of 2,634 episodes have aired.

Describing itself as a fake news program, The Daily Show draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, and often, aspects of the show itself. The show typically opens with a long monologue from Jon Stewart relating to recent headlines and frequently features exchanges with one or more of several correspondents, who adopt absurd or humorously exaggerated takes on current events against Stewart's straight man persona. The final segment is devoted to a celebrity interview, with guests ranging from actors and musicians to nonfiction authors and political figures.[1][2][3][4][5]

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1996–2014[edit]

2015[edit]

April[edit]

No. Date Guest Promotion U.S. viewers
(millions)
2,619 April 6 Gene Baur Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better. ISBN 978-1623364892. 
Indiana passes a controversial religious freedom law, Jordan Klepper chases after crowdfunding donations, and Gene Baur discusses his book "Living the Farm Sanctuary Life."
2,620 April 7 Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones
Hasan Minhaj reports on the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, Senator Rand Paul announces his presidential bid, and Peter Dinklage discusses the fifth season of "Game of Thrones."
2,621 April 8 Tavis Smiley My Journey with Maya. ISBN 978-0316341752. 
Rolling Stone retracts an article, Samantha Bee reports on a shocking custody issue, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins re-election, and Tavis Smiley discusses "My Journey with Maya."
2,622 April 9 Elizabeth Warren A Fighting Chance
Kansas passes a lenient gun safety law while enforcing harsh welfare regulations, and Senator Elizabeth Warren discusses corruption, student debt and "A Fighting Chance."
2,623 April 13 Adam Horovitz While We're Young
Hillary Clinton announces her presidential bid, Bassem Youssef unpacks the confusing proxy wars in the Middle East, and Adam Horovitz discusses his film "While We're Young."
2,624 April 14 Fareed Zakaria In Defense of a Liberal Education
Congress criticizes a proposed treaty with Iran, Hillary Clinton overshadows Marco Rubio's presidential bid, and Fareed Zakaria discusses "In Defense of a Liberal Education."
2,625 April 15 Billy Crystal The Comedians
The media struggles to deliver relevant content in appropriate ways, Jordan Klepper investigates the future of Christianity, and Billy Crystal discusses "The Comedians."
2,626 April 16 Eric Greitens Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
Dick Cheney criticizes President Obama's nuclear negotiations with Iran, the winner of the 2015 'Mercun Awards emerges, and Eric Greitens discusses his book "Resilience."
2,627 April 20 Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
The Best F#@king News Team Ever envisions if life were like Congress, CNN adds 4/20 coverage to its programming, and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her book "Ashley's War."
2,628 April 21 Jeff Garlin The Goldbergs
Republican candidates update their positions on same-sex marriage, a man flies past Capitol security in a gyrocopter, and Jeff Garlin offers Jon a part on "The Goldbergs."
2,629 April 22 Dana Perino And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side
Unethical Atlanta educators share similarities with Wall Street bankers, Aasif Mandvi uncovers a GMO conspiracy, and Dana Perino discusses her book "And the Good News Is..."
2,630 April 23 Neil deGrasse Tyson StarTalk
Fracking causes earthquakes in Oklahoma, the NSA debuts a creepy recycling mascot, John Hodgman makes a dramatic exit, and Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses "StarTalk."
2,631 April 27 Elizabeth Olsen Avengers: Age of Ultron
The media misses an important Baltimore news story during the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and Elizabeth Olsen discusses her film "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
2,632 April 28 George Stephanopoulos
Baltimore's mayor declares a state of emergency, Hasan Minhaj reports on bipartisan prison reform, and George Stephanopoulos discusses the responsibility of the media.
2,633 April 29 Judith Miller The Story: A Reporter's Journey
The Supreme Court considers the legality of same-sex marriage, and Judith Miller discusses the lead-up to the Iraq War and her memoir, "The Story: A Reporter's Journey."
2,634 April 30 Kristen Wiig Welcome to Me
Senator Bernie Sanders enters the presidential race, Hillary Clinton faces corruption rumors, Samantha Bee enjoys her last day, and Kristen Wiig discusses "Welcome to Me."

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