List of The Daily Show correspondents

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

Current cast[edit]

Host[edit]

Name Debut Notes
Trevor Noah September 28, 2015 Originally debuted as a contributor on December 4, 2014. In March of 2015, Comedy Central revealed that the South-African comedian would be hosting the show.

Correspondents[edit]

Name Debut Notes
Ronny Chieng TBA [1]
Jordan Klepper March 3, 2014 New Senior Caucasian Correspondent
Desi Lydic TBA [1]
Hasan Minhaj November 19, 2014 Senior Indian Correspondent
Jessica Williams January 11, 2012 Senior Youth Correspondent. Senior Beyoncé Correspondent.
Roy Wood, Jr. TBA [1]
Al Madrigal May 17, 2011 Was known as the Senior Latino Correspondent. California correspondent. Current part-time correspondent.
Aasif Mandvi August 9, 2006 Was known as the Senior Middle East Correspondent; started as a contributor; but made correspondent in March 2007. Current part-time correspondent.[2]

Contributors[edit]

Name Debut Notes
Lewis Black July 21, 1996 "Back in Black", he is the longest-running and best known contributor to work on The Daily Show, having served on the show since the beginning.
John Hodgman 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.

Former cast[edit]

Hosts[edit]

Name Year Joined Year Left Notes
Craig Kilborn July 22, 1996 December 17, 1998 The original host. Left the show because he was chosen to host The Late Late Show with host Tom Snyder's departure. Kilborn also made a speaking cameo on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015
Jon Stewart January 11, 1999 August 6, 2015 Jon Stewart replaced Kilborn as the Daily Show host in 1999. He personally chose Trevor Noah to become the host.[citation needed] His last show was an hour long special on August 6, 2015

Recurring correspondents[edit]

Name Year Joined Year Left Notes
Dan Bakkedahl September 20, 2005 September 25, 2007 Hired to replace departing correspondent Stephen Colbert on September 25, 2005. Filed his final report on September 25, 2007. Bakkedahl was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Samantha Bee July 10, 2003 April 30, 2015 "This Week in God", "Are You Prepared?!?"; married to correspondent Jason Jones; all-time longest-serving regular correspondent after passing Stephen Colbert in 2011. Departed the show on April 30, 2015. Bee was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Mary Birdsong January 31, 2002 March 14, 2002 Contributing correspondent.
A. Whitney Brown July 23, 1996 December 15, 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 February 11, 1999 April 4, 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, and the only correspondent to receive an Academy Award nomination since leaving The Daily Show in early 2005. Steve has since returned numerous times as a featured guest and was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015. He is married to fellow former correspondent Nancy (Walls) Carell.
Wyatt Cenac June 3, 2008 December 13, 2012 Senior Correspondent; also provides voice for Michael Steele puppet. Filed his final report on December 13, 2012, but also made cameo guest appearances on August 15, 2013 for the last show of guest host John Oliver and for Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Michael Che June 4, 2014 September 18, 2014 Left to co-anchor Weekend Update on SNL. Shortest correspondent tenure as of 2015. [3] Was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Stephen Colbert June 26, 1997 September 26, 2005 "Even Stephven", "This Week In God", "The Jobbing of America". Stephen Colbert hosted The Daily Show six times (January 24, 2001; February 20 and 22, 2001; March 26–27, 2001; April 3 and 5, 2001; May 2–3, 2001; March 6, 2003; July 6, 2004). 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. Before taking over as new host of The Late Show on CBS, Colbert made his final appearance for Jon Stewart's last episode on August 6, 2015.
Nate Corddry October 4, 2005 May 2, 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". Was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Rob Corddry April 17, 2002 August 24, 2006 "This Week In God", "Come On!", "Popular Music Omnibus", and as he liked to call them, "Poop jokes". Corddry filled in for Jon (on paternity leave) on February 9, 2006. He left the show in August 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 and was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015. Corddry created and stars in the comedy series Childrens Hospital, currently airing on Adult Swim.
Josh Gad May 5, 2009 Jun 27, 2011 Contributing Correspondent. Made his last appearance on June 27, 2011. Made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Vance DeGeneres January 14, 1999 May 17, 2001 "Dollars and "Cents"", "A Tale of Survival", had his own The Daily Show special in 2000 highlighting his popular "Tales of Survival" segments. Was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Susie Essman September 25, 1996 September 25, 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Rachael Harris October 28, 2002 March 20, 2003 "Mark Your Calendar", "We Love Showbiz".
Ed Helms April 29, 2002 December 05, 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 was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015. Helms also starred in The Office, which ran from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013.
Jason Jones September 29, 2005 March 26, 2015 "Are You Prepared?!?", "Jason Jones 180"; married to correspondent Samantha Bee. Filled in for a sick Jon Stewart on October 7, 2014. Departed the show on March 26, 2015. Jones made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Beth Littleford July 24, 1996 May 18, 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. She was the only original correspondent to stay with the show after Jon Stewart took over as host, leaving the show in 2000.
Olivia Munn June 3, 2010 February 3, 2011 Senior Asian Correspondent. Made her final appearance on February 3, 2011. Was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
John Oliver July 31, 2006 December 19, 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. Returned to host the show on November 13, 2014 to promote Jon Stewart's film, Rosewater. Oliver returned for an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Caroline Rhea August 13, 1996 August 13, 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Rob Riggle September 20, 2006 December 10, 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. Made a cameo the week of Nov 17th in a correspondent report and was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Mo Rocca November 16, 1998 August 20, 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. Was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Jeffrey Ross July 22, 1996 June 18, 1997 Contributing correspondent.
Michael Showalter July 22, 1996 July 22, 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Denny Siegel February 2, 1999 April 15, 1999 Contributing correspondent.
Jeff Stilson October 9, 1998 January 18, 1999 Contributing correspondent.
Miriam Tolan June 15, 2000 July 25, 2001 Contributing correspondent. Also occasionally filled in for Nancy Walls on "Dollars and "Cents""
Brian Unger July 22, 1996 December 16, 1998 "Backfire", was one of The Daily Show's original correspondents.
David Wain July 23, 1996 August 6, 1996 Contributing correspondent.
Nancy Walls December 7, 1999 August 8, 2002 "We Love Showbiz", "Popular Music Omnibus", "Dollars and "Cents"", married to fellow former correspondent Steve Carell. Walls was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Matt Walsh May 2, 2001 June 25, 2002 News You Can Utilize, "Dollars and "Cents"", had his own The Daily Show special in May 2002 called "Matt Walsh Goes to Hawaii". Walsh was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.
Lauren Weedman July 16, 2001 October 7, 2002 "Dollars and "Cents"", "We Love Showbiz".
Bob Wiltfong April 6, 2004 December 1, 2005 Contributing correspondent.
Lizz Winstead July 22, 1996 December 18, 1997 Original correspondent and co-creator of The Daily Show.
Stacey Grenrock-Woods April 2, 1998 July 14, 2003 Contributing correspondent.

Contributors and one-time correspondents[edit]

Name Year Joined Year Left Notes
Amy Atkins March 10, 1998 March 23, 1998 Contributor.
Dave Attell April 1, 1999 January 22, 2002 Contributor, "The Ugly American". On August 6, 2015, Attell made a return appearance to say goodbye to Jon Stewart on his final episode.
Michael Blieden July 30, 1996 January 24, 2000 Contributor, original host of "Ad Nauseam".
John Bloom July 25, 1996 June 20, 2000 Contributor, "God Stuff".
Rich Brown October 20, 1998 May 9, 2000 Contributor, "Public Excess". Also a one-time correspondent.
Sameer Butt December 4, 1997 April 16, 1998 Contributor.
Frank DeCaro October 10, 1996 March 19, 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 January 31, 2001 January 31, 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.
Mick Foley November 19, 2009 June 18, 2013 Contributor, "Senior Ass Kicker".
Adrianne Frost March 7, 2002 March 7, 2002 One-time correspondent.
Jon Glaser February 10, 2004 February 10, 2004 One-time correspondent.
Dave Gorman April 24, 2006 October 5, 2006 Contributor, "Poll Smoking"; appeared on the show once as a guest in 2001 to promote Are You Dave Gorman?.
Al Greenwood March 16, 1998 March 28, 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 died 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 January 31, 2007 September 24, 2007 Contributor, "The Henry Stops Here", Senior Historical Perspectivist.
Tom Johnson July 18, 2000 October 2, 2001 Contributor, "Lord Viper Scorpion".
Laura Kightlinger January 21, 1999 January 21, 1999 One-time correspondent.
Andy Kindler October 19, 2000 March 21, 2001 Contributor, "TV Guy".
Robert Knight February 4, 1997 April 23, 1997 Contributor.
Ed Lover September 30, 1996 December 19, 1996 Contributor, "Ed Lover's America".
Demetri Martin November 14, 2005 February 28, 2008 Contributor, "Trendspotting". Left to star in his own Comedy Central show, Important Things with Demetri Martin.
Jerry Minor June 22, 2000 June 22, 2000 One-time correspondent.
Molly Pesce February 24, 1996 May 28, 1998 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 June 25, 2001 June 25, 2001 One-time correspondent.
Tom Shillue September 29, 1998 July 20, 2000 Contributor, "This Week in Hate". Become a correspondent in 2000 before leaving.
Campbell Smith May 8, 2001 January 14, 2002 Contributor, "Dollars and "Cents"".
William Stephenson April 20, 1999 August 27, 1999 Contributor, "What I'm Sayin".
Patrick Stewart September 26, 2012 September 26, 2012 Senior Replacement Correspondent.
Paul F. Tompkins August 6, 1998 December 3, 1998 Contributor, "Us People's Weekly Entertainment".
Sarah Vowell November 17, 2001 November 17, 2011 One-time correspondent, "Senior Historical Context Correspondent".
Larry Wilmore August 22, 2006 December 2, 2014 Senior Black Correspondent, "Wilmore-Oliver Investigates". Left to host The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. On August 6, 2015, Wilmore made a return appearance to say goodbye to Jon Stewart on his final episode.
Bassem Youssef February 10, 2015 April 14, 2015 Senior Middle East Correspondent. The host of Al-Bernameg (The Program), a satirical news program broadcast in Egypt from 2011 to 2014. The press has compared Youssef with Stewart, who served as an inspiration for Youssef to begin his career.[4][5][6] On August 6, 2015, Youssef made a return appearance to say goodbye to Jon Stewart on his final episode.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://press.cc.com/press-release/2015/09/02/press-ronny-chieng-desi-lydic-and-roy-wood-jr-join-the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah?xrs=synd_facebook_090215_tds_42
  2. ^ Getlen, Larry (June 21, 2015). "Why Aasif Mandvi never wanted to fill Jon Stewart's shoes". New York Post. 
  3. ^ Busis, Hillary (2014-09-12). 2014/09/12/remembering-michael-ches-too-brief-daily-show-run/ "Remembering Michael Che's too-brief 'Daily Show' run". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  4. ^ El-Wakil, Mai (21 April 2011). "Drawing inspiration from the revolution". Al Masry Al Youm. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Marx, Willem (29 March 2012). "Bassem Youssef: Egypt's Jon Stewart". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Hassan, Abdalla (28 April 2011). "Surgeon Using Parody to Dissect the News in Egypt". New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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