In case you have not heard, Jon Stewart will be stepping down as the host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Currently his contract is set to run out sometime in September, but he has said that he is unsure of when he will actually leave the show. Jon’s satirical reporting is what has gotten me, as well as many other younger people, to watch the news and know what is going on in the world. The show has been on since 1999, 15 years, all of which have occurred since I was old enough to care about the news. Now with him leaving, I am unsure of who could possibly replace him and keep the show as light and funny as it has been for the last 15 years. Let’s look at the possible candidates.
As of right now, there are no for sure leads as to who may replace Mr. Stewart, however there are favorites for the position. Currently three of the shows current or previous analysts are expected to take the place of Mr. Stewart; however,of the three candidates, Jessica Williams, John Oliver, and Jason Jones, I am not particularly drawn towards any of them. I like the work that they do on the show, but I do not feel that they have the personality that Mr. Stewart has shown over the years on the show. Some of the other candidates that have been mentioned are: Chris Rock, John Hodgman, Aasif Mandvi, Ricky Gervais, and Amy Poehler. These are all great candidates except for the fact that they seem to have much more going on in their lives that won’t allow them the time to undertake The Daily Show. As host, Jon Stewart was mostly involved in just the TV show taking a brief period of time off to produce a movie. Thus, if any of these people would like to take his position, it would likely only be if they are choosing this as their career.
The candidate that I am the most stoked on is Amy Schumer. She is by far my favorite choice for the position, as she is a young and aspiring comedian just as Jon Stewart was when he began. Mr. Stewart did not become the figure that he is until he landed the Daily Show, however Ms. Schumer already has a lot going for her. She currently hosts her own show on Comedy Central and will host the MTV Awards show later in 2015. If Comedy Central is looking for someone that can bring in the young crowd, just as Mr. Stewart has done, they need to go with a younger, upcoming comedian and thus I believe that Amy Schumer is the best choice for the job.