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->''"When news breaks, we fix it!"''

[[LongRunners Long-running]] satirical news program on ComedyCentral.

Instead of a straight-up NewsParody, a la ''[[SaturdayNightLive Weekend Update]]'', the program merely relates the actual news in a humorous tone, with special attention paid to the antics and gaffes of politicians and public figures, as well as the reactions of major news shows (particularly [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks 24-hour news channels]]) which range from the theatrical to the absurd.

The main anchor is currently Jon Stewart (who took over in 1999, replacing [[ThePeteBest Craig Kilborn]]), but it's launched a few careers among its correspondents. Creator/SteveCarell and Ed Helms are successful alums, and Creator/StephenColbert got his own {{spinoff}} program called ''Series/TheColbertReport'' (a parody of confrontational talk programs such as ''TheOReillyFactor'') which became a runaway success leading him to be picked to take over for Creator/DavidLetterman. Two more ''Daily Show'' alums have since been given their own Comedy Central shows, ''[[Series/RootOfAllEvil Lewis Black's The Root of All Evil]]'' and the critically acclaimed ''Series/ImportantThingsWithDemetriMartin''. The show's writing staff has also published two books in connection to the show, both parodies of high-school textbooks; they are ''[[Literature/AmericaTheBook America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction]]'' from 2004 and ''[[Literature/EarthTheBook Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide To The Human Race]]'' from 2010.

Before you dismiss it as silliness, the show gets some astonishingly important guests--Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ([[AmericanPoliticalSystem D-NY]]), former Senator Secretary of State UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton (also D-NY), Representative UsefulNotes/RonPaul (R-TX) (three times, most recently in 2011), former [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet UK Prime Minister]] Main/TonyBlair, Senator UsefulNotes/JohnKerry (D-MA) (when he was running for the U.S. Presidency in 2004), UsefulNotes/BarackObama (ditto, 2008, and again in 2010 as well as 2012 while sitting President), Mayor of London UsefulNotes/BorisJohnson, Senator John [=McCain=] (R-AZ) (many, many times, including 2008), the King of Jordan Abdullah II (twice, in 2010 and 2012), Vice President Joe Biden (in 2009), and even former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ''while he was still president'' (who is not even the first sitting head of state to be interviewed), to name a few.

To top it all off, despite being a comedy show, the program has received acclaim for its in-depth reporting, to the point where it is said that its regular viewers are often better informed than those who watch more traditional newscasts. True or not, this notion certainly frustrates Stewart himself to no end. If you glean your news headlines from this show, just remember to never take the "correspondents" at face value.

It can be [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos watched online for free]] (if you're lucky). In Canada, it is available at [[http://watch.thecomedynetwork.ca the Comedy Network's site]]. Just beware of ArchivePanic.

In March 2013, Jon Stewart announced that [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/jon-stewart-taking-hiatus-from-daily-show-to-direct-film-rosewater-this-summer_n_2812933.html he would be taking a three-month hiatus]] as host of the Daily Show in order to direct his first-ever feature film, "Rosewater." John Oliver filled in as host for 8 of the 12 absent weeks (06/10/2013 - 08/15/2013). Stewart returned to hosting on September 3, 2013. Oliver subsequently left the show to start his own program on HBO called ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver''.

In May 2014, Comedy Central announced that ''Daily Show'' contributor Larry Wilmore will have his own spinoff titled ''The Minority Report'', which will take the place of ''The Colbert Report'' once Stephen Colbert begins hosting ''The Late Show'' in 2015.

Not to be confused with WebVideo/TheDalyShow. While we're at it, the host himself is not to be confused for that African-American Comicbook/GreenLantern.
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* TheAce: According to [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/m2tq5t/dennis-kucinich-s-improbable-success an expose John Oliver did on him]], Dennis Kucinich. He eventually settled on 'secretly a robot'.
* AcceptableTargets: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/09wu11/cpac-after-party Parodied]] when Jon Stewart checks a [[{{Doorstopper}} huge book]] on comedian ethics to see if it's all right to make fun of [[TeenGenius a 14-year-old speaker]] at the Conservative Political Action Conference (turns out, only if you're a classmate or sibling).[[invoked]]
* ActorRoleConfusion: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/4d109s/investigating-investigative-journalism John Oliver has trouble understanding]] that [[Series/TheNewsroom Will McAvoy and MacKenzie McHale]] are fictional characters and that he is actually talking to their actors, Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. Though as it turns out, Daniels can give an inspiring [[AaronSorkin Sorkin-esque]] speech on a moment's notice.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Jon admitted to Bill O'Reilly that Stephen Colbert liked his joke that the cover of ''Earth (The Book)'' featured a picture of Stewart and Colbert (the cover actually shows Stewart next to a chimpanzee).
* AdamWesting: Happens a lot with celebrity guests. KeithOlbermann does [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/k40xmh/tech-talch---chatroulette a great one]] in the piece on ChatRoulette.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/5acu1n/tap-fish-dealer Aasif Mandvi exposes the "Tap Fish" I-Pad app as one]] that makes ''a million dollars a month'' since people pay money to resurrect fish or buy better ones (and their Target Players are kids). He then outright ''calls'' the CEO a drug-dealer, [[CrackIsCheaper pointing out that the initial product is free, but the price goes up after that]].
* AlterKocker: As part of the 2008 election cycle, Wyatt Cenac is sent to cover the opinions of a group of Jewish retirees in Florida during the debates. Eventually, the political discourse devolves into them all [[JewsLoveToArgue arguing with each other over trivialities]], with the increasingly bewildered correspondent unable to get a word in edgewise.
** Jon invoked this on himself in all but name when he turned 50.
* AmusingInjuries: Jon Stewart accidentally cuts his wrist on some glass [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/pxo9ic/jon-stewart-press-conference during a fake press conference (at 4:19)]], and [[{{Determinator}} keeps going]]. Then [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/dp12kj/jon-stewart-press-conference---john-oliver-takes-over John Oliver steps in]] and they start making jokes about it while Stewart's blood trickles down onto his hand.
* AnachronismStew: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/m84ws3/joe-versus-the-volcano Right here.]]
* AnalogyBackfire: When several news pundits [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/jrddi7/indecision-2010---republican-earthquake-tsunami-of-nothing compared the Republican victory in the 2010 midterms]] to tidal waves, earthquakes and tsunamis, Jon was quick to point out that all of those things they are comparing the Republican victory to have ''killed thousands of people''.
* {{Angrish}}: After some clips, Jon will be incapable of speaking English for a few seconds due to disbelief or rage.
** [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/j5ujut/i-give-up---9-11-responders-bill This]] has quite a lot. Understandably.
* ArcFatigue: InUniverse, Creator/{{CNN}}'s excessive coverage Malaysia Flight 370 is lampshaded heavily by Stewart.
* ArchiveTrawl: Almost, if not the entire, show's run is available on the website.
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering?: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/bj1166/mass--hysteria "It's like a combination of 'gay' and 'radar'. It's called The Homometer."]]
* AppealToObscurity: After playing a [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-16-2013/thanks-for-nothing--d--k-trippers clip]] of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying, "If they wanna make new rules about disasters, well they picked the wrong state to make the new rules with," Jon follows it up (in "mobster" tone) with, "Hey, nice state you're representing. It'd be a shame if it ended up like New Delaware. Oh, you never heard of New Delaware? Yeah, that's right."
* ArchEnemy: Jon doesn't really hate most of the people he riffs on, but he does tend to go the extra mile to mock DonaldTrump.
--> '''Jon Stewart''': [[[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/1lvzto/truthiness-to-power After calling Tucker Carlson an arrogant douche]]] Tucker and I can talk like this because we already have a visceral negative reaction to each other. Not an ounce of friendship or respect between us. Truly one of the only people in the world I feel that way about.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Jon [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-15-2013/the-silence-of-the-clarence speculates]] that the reason why U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas never spoke during Court proceedings for seven years was to protect America from his lovely baritone.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** In the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-5-2010/american-apparently 5/5/10 episode.]] [[CaptainObvious "I'm beginning to think 'the American people' is a meaningless phrase.]] ...And as such, perhaps should be struck from public utterance, along with other such false monolithic projections such as 'the Founders intended', 'our children deserve better', and [[BlatantLies 'nobody doesn't like Sara Lee'."]]
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: When interviewed on the Daily Show, Neil deGrasse Tyson reminded Jon that the globe in the opening is spinning in the wrong direction. This has become a RunningJoke each time Tyson has returned.
* AscendedExtra: Jon Stewart, who guest-starred at least twice during the Craig Kilborn-era, for the interview segments.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: When Pat Robertson made his infamous "pact with the devil" remark in the wake of the Haiti earthquakes, Stewart responded by [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-14-2010/haiti-earthquake-reactions reminding him what the Bible really says.]]
-->"Have you ''read'' this book?"
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-september-13-2010/islamophobiapalooza Squirrel!]]
** He also likens them to "kids playing soccer." No strategy, they just run after the ball.
* AttractiveBentGender: [[ItMakesSenseInContext Al Madrigal]], [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-20-2013/strife-of-pie---new-york-pizza-is-magic through the magic of New York Pizza]].
* AuthorFilibuster: The "Meet Me at Camera Three" segments.
** Also, the anti-pornography segments.
* AwardSnub: DiscussedTrope. In the middle of a segment about unrest in Europe, John Oliver starts complaining about ''SavingPrivateRyan'' losing Best Picture to ''ShakespeareInLove.'' Jon pipes in to complain about ''DancesWithWolves'' over ''{{Goodfellas}}''.[[invoked]]
* {{Badass}}: MickFoley: Senior Asskicker
** Also shown to be a bit of a GeniusBruiser in his demonstration on filibusters
* BerserkButton:
** Jon has a few things that get his goat, including bad journalism, racism and homophobia. But do not, do not, ''do not'' imply that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwiBBtMX0ac- New York or other big cities]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-20-2008/pfriend-or-pfoe- are less American]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-20-2008/quiz--are-you-a-real-american- than small towns and rural areas.]]
** The final part [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-20-2008/governor-palin-clarification here.]]
** Not to mention implying that voting for a certain candidate in an election will [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-7-2008/mitt-drops-out "aid a surrender to terror"]].
** [[http://tv.gawker.com/5497006/the-jon-stewart-clip-that-will-make-glenn-beck-cry-real-tears Any ]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-18-2010/conservative-libertarian hyperbolic comparison]] to Nazicommunism. He has no time for anyone of any political ideology who uses HitlerAteSugar, and it's one issue that causes him to drop the comedic tone and get serious.
** Crossfire. Stewart's face when John Oliver tells him it's coming back is priceless.
** Hiding behind a religion to make death threats on [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark the staff of other shows on the same network]]. Jon Stewart has respect for FoxNews, even though it might seem otherwise, because as he's noted before they have a mission and they stick to it like glue. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-22-2010/south-park-death-threats He has none for the people in the same city his shows are taped in using the Islamic faith merely as a means to induce terror.]]
** As of August 4th, 2010, Congressional Republicans voted against a bill giving aid to rescuers of 9/11 victims. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-august-4-2010/i-give-up---9-11-responders-bill This was his response.]]
*** In his last show of 2010 (December 16), [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-16-2010/worst-responders he dedicated the entire show to this issue]]
*** The bill was finally passed about a week later, with many crediting that episode as a major reason for it happening.
*** Stewart's continued focus on the issue also lead to his being appointed to the board of directors for the National 9/11 Memorial in late January of 2011.
** As a New Yorker, Jon takes his pizza [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-1-2011/me-lover-s-pizza-with-crazy-broad very seriously]].
*** The discussion of Chicago's deep dish pizza being better than New York style pizza led to [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-november-13-2013-key---peele a very colorful rant]].
** And do no disrespect Music/BruceSpringsteen around him, or try to cut off the power on one of his concerts. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-17-2012/keep-quiet-and-don-t-carry-on Especially if he's on stage with Music/PaulMcCartney!.]]
--->"NOBODY PUTS BRUCIE IN A CORNER!"
** Speaking of New York, the citizens in general, and Lewis Black in specific, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-17-2013/back-in-black---new-york-vs--texas are majorly pissed off by Rick Perry dissing the city]].
** John Oliver hates people pretending to be British, insulting the British royal family, and British people deliberately acting stereotypical. Jon uses the former two to [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/video-playlists/uafwpm/the-daily-show-19094-highlights/tpqeyg force John to make a cameo after leaving the Daily Show.]]
* BetterThanABareBulb: In response to CNN putting together a discussion panel to discuss simply what they'll discuss after the 2009 election in NY's District 23rd, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-november-3-2009/indecision-2009---reindecision-2008-and-beyond TDS's ensuing speculation-on-speculation panel provides four full minutes of Lampshading goodness. (Starting near the 5min mark)...]]
-->'''Oliver:''' "[[AlphaBitch I'm]] likely to try to put this in a [[BlatantLies ludicrously fabricated]] [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie historical context]], the BroadStrokes of which I will have derived from a [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer cursory reading]] of [[TheOtherWiki Wikipedia]] [[RefugeInAudacity literally moments before going on air]]."
* BigNo: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=189149&title=gaffe-in Just one example]].
** [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/nka3cd/the-parent-company-trap Here]] Jon starts going into the BigNo, but the view doesn't change to the dramatic camera angle. He turns to a different camera to try again... and another... and another...
* BlatantLies: When John Oliver was subbing for Stewart, he'd say he was there instead of Jon Stewart because Jon was doing something ridiculous. Subverted in his last episode, where he comes clean.
* BodyguardBabes:
** After she defended her [[MayDecemberRomance much older husband]], RupertMurdoch, from a pie-throwing prankster, Jon treated Wendi Murdoch like this.
** Sasha Baron Cohen showed up in character as [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-7-2012/admiral-general-aladeen Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen]] from TheDictator. This character was a pastiche of Middle Eastern tyrants. He took a page from Muammar Gaddafi's infamous Amazonian Guard and brought two quite lovely BodyguardBabes along with him.
* BookEnds: On John Oliver's first show during Stewart's time filming a movie, [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/vqr3nx/good-news--you-re-not-paranoid---america-betrayed the entire cast of correspondents trashed him]]. Later, on his last show [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/fwm1sy/one-crazy-summary---correspondents--send-off they still bashed him. And Wyatt Cenac and Rob Riggle came back to insult him as well.]]
* BrainBleach: In response to an argument against gay marriage that it's not how nature intended, John Oliver plays a clip of a dog humping another dog in the face. He then informs his viewers that they will never be able to unsee it.
** Jon has this reaction to Jason Jones' [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-18-2011/stars-war roaring lion tramp stamp]].
-->'''Jon:''' I'm gonna have to actually get that image removed by laser from my brain.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Gay marriage! Pot! Gay pot marriage!
** "Gelato is nice. Tom Hanks is nice. [[ImAHumanitarian Tom Hanks gelato]] is disusting..."
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Um, how was your weekend? Let's see...on Friday, I...got a haircut. Uh...''({{Beat}})'' [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/mr122o/your-show-blows called a guy a dick on national television..."]]
** During the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-december-3-2012/the-war-on-christmas--friendly-fire-edition 12/3/12 episode's The War on Christmas: Friendly Fire Edition segment]], Jon plays mock Mad Libs and requests for some words to fill in what Fox News is covering this time. He gets Santa Monica, atheists... and ass.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Jordan Klepper's debut as on-site correspondent has him so nervous that he constantly breaks character, talks about himself instead of the Russian invasion of Crimea, and chastises himself on camera for screwing up before finally just walking right out of "Crimea" and next to Jon's desk.
--> '''Jon''': It's fine! You're doing fine, focus. What have you learned so far today?
--> '''Jordan''': Well, uh...you have to dial 9 to get an outside line...um, lunch is at 1...uh...and if I keep my head down here for a couple years I have a real shot at getting my own sitcom on NBC.
* BreakoutCharacter: Creator/StephenColbert started off as a Correspondent here.
* BrickJoke: While anything that can be used as such, IS used as such, on August 16, 2010, Jon Stewart told John Oliver that his "F*** ing Stupid English Accent" was offensive. No points for guessing what the first thing out of Creator/EmmaThompson's mouth was when she came on for the interview at the end of the show.
** F*** You, John Oliver
* BrooklynRage: Jon will drop into a Brooklyn accent from time to time, especially when hallmarks of New York culture are viewed in a negative light. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-13-2013/tower-record Here he is on a rant defending Pizza]]. (starts at about 3:25 in)
* ButtMonkey: Stewart is routinely insulted and abused by correspondents (and occasionally guests).
** John Oliver (of TheBugle fame) gets this as well (usually when Stewart reminds him about his visa expiring). See the example under {{Pirates}}.
*** Oliver himself thinks of the US Soccer team as this ("I'm here with the US ''pffft'' hahahahah! No, no, I've got it... ''[[TearJerker Sudan, Sudan, Sudan]]''. Hi, I'm ''HAHAHAHA!''"), but when he sees they're not as bad as he expected he gives them "helpful vacation tips" for visiting South Africa like "Go on a nighttime stroll in Soweto in all your fanciest jewelry."
** Wyatt Cenac, as the youngest member of the team (at least before Jessica Williams joined the lineup), often gets this as well: for instance, while everybody else was given their own promotional advertisements, Wyatt was forced to make his own (with things like [[UnsoundEffect Wyatt saying "laser sounds"]] in place of actual laser sounds), and is forced to stop at the end to allow Jason Jones to shoot additional footage for his own ad atop a horse surrounded by models.
** Steve Carell usually filled this role when paired with Stephen Colbert. Aside from their memorable Even Stevphens segments, there was an episode where Colbert took him out drinking and got him so drunk he [[StupidSexyFlanders admitted that he thought Antonio Banderas was very sexy.]]
** [[NewMeat New correspondent]] and TwoferTokenMinority (black and female) Jessica Williams was sent into a disaster zone for her first assignment, then became a hobo, and was ignored by a Fifties-style panel of all-male correspondents until she put on a fake mustache.
*** Later, she revealed that she used to be ''white'' before she went to college and, as Rick Santorum put it: "Was remade in President Obama's image."
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* CallBack: Jon [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-may-8-2012/joe-biden-voices-his-support-for-gay-marriage takes appropriate safety precautions]] after his previous [[AGlassInTheHand unfortunate encounters]] [[TheShowMustGoOn with broken glass.]]
** Months after taking Creator/DonaldTrump to task for serving chain pizza to a non-New Yorker (UsefulNotes/SarahPalin) and eating his with a fork, he offers to eat pizza with a fork alongside Trump if he, Trump, agrees to reenter the Presidential race for the benefit of bored comedians.
* TheCameo: With overlapping OneOfUs part, in one episode when Jon Stewart was criticizing the national spying programs and mentioning a spy satellite NROL, there was [[LightNovel/HentaiOujiToWarawanaiNeko one particular cute highschool girl]] who is being tentacle raped by the logo's octopus. [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/12/09-1/tsukiko-from-henneko-makes-a-cameo-appearance-on-the-daily-show You'll have]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/mon-december-9-2013-husain-haqqani to see it for yourself]].[[note]]It's around the 4 minute mark of the video[[/note]]
* CanadaEh: Samantha Bee, whose Canadian-ness has often been fodder for jokes. Her equally-Canadian husband, Jason Jones, doesn't get anywhere near this kind of treatment.
** Sam's entries in ''America (The Book)'' are parodies of excessive Canadian politeness, usually prefaced by the header "Would You Mind If I Told You How We Do It In Canada?" and full of apologies.
* CanonDiscontinuity: The show's website has virtually every clip of the show since Jon Stewart became host, none from when Craig Kilborn was host.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: During a week where Jon Stewart was out sick, Stephen Colbert and Steven Carell took over hosting duty and showed the audience a video of the two at a bar where Carell is so drunk he starts making comments on how sexy Creator/AntonioBanderas is.
* CaptainObvious:
** Political commentator Bernie Goldberg of Fox News was called out on this after stating that the show was not just a comedy show; it was also providing social commentary. Jon responded that comedians have been providing social commentary for literally thousands of years.
** Regarding the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-15-2012/stockblockers STOCK Act]]: "Yes, Congress should obey the same laws as everyone else. I believe that was in the 'No Shit, Sherlock' Act of 2000 and ''always''."
* CastHerd: Up until about the 2008 presidential election, correspondents and contributors tended to come and go at the rate of + /-1 a year. Since then, the five main correspondents jobs have been consistently held by Aasif Mandi, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and John Oliver. This trope still applies to the less frequent contributors, however.
* TheCastShowoff: Somehow, even this show can do that. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-6-2009/playing-the-race-card The 6 October 2009 episode]] features Larry Wilmore doing some pretty awesome (if fairly standard) card tricks while discussing how to [[IncrediblyLamePun play the race card]]. Who knew he was a magician?
** Which means...[[MagicalNegro Uh-oh]]...
** Lampshaded where Jon says that the only reason Larry is doing this segment is to show off the magic tricks he's been trying to get on the show. Larry responds...[[VisualPun by playing the race card]].
* CatchPhrase: "BOOM!" when Jon makes a TakeThat joke.
** "CNN slaaam!"
*** Don't forget the air guitar!
** "My point is this!"
** ({{Beat}}) "...Okay two things."
** (dreamily) "Go On..."
** (''high-pitched sing-song'') "Awkward..."
** (whenever the audience laughs at a segment title card) "You like that?"
** "Meet me at Camera Three."
* CensorshipBySpelling: Subverted in a segment, when Samantha Bee has her young son standing right next to her (Take Your Child to Work Day) while talking about torture methods:
-->'''Sam:''' When a bound and naked prisoner has electrodes attached to...
-->'''Jon:''' ''(interrupting)''' Okay, Sam, Sam, Sam...
-->'''Sam:''' Oh, I'm sorry. To his T-E-S-T-I-C-L-E-S... testicles.
* ChewBubblegum: Parodied when John Oliver discussed filibusters.
* ChewingTheScenery: Jon can never seem to resist a good SkywardScream or BigNo.
** '' '''[[{{Gladiator}} ARE YOU NOT]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-10-2011/indecision-2012---mercy-rule-edition ENTERTAINED?!!]]''' ''
* ChirpingCrickets: Lampshaded and spoofed in a [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-16-2007/deal-or-no-deal segment ]] comparing Apple's release of the iPhone to a White House announcement of an increased troop deployment in Iraq.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: If a correspondent just isn't well-liked by the audience, they get subtly phased out instead of the usual [[PutOnABus official send-off]] that more popular correspondents get.
* ChromaKey: Combined with StockFootage to put correspondents "live at the scene". The background once notably changed in the middle of one of these sketches.
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-september-1-2004/rnc-protestors "...It was as though the street was melting away from him."]]
** Lampshaded and then subverted when Rob Riggle was in Sweden. Jon assumed he was just chroma-keyed in, and Rob felt insulted and pushed a pedestrian walking by to prove they were real.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Parodied [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/d4e6m3/here-comes-the-pride here]]. Poor John Oliver...
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-march-17-2010/health-con1---the-mediscarening 3/17/2010 episode]], John Oliver frantically implores Jon and the studio audience to do this to save the life of [[ItMakesSenseInContext a rose named Reagan, the final breath of American freedom.]]
** And at the Rally to Restory Sanity and/or Fear, John Oliver did it again, asking the audience to help revive Jon Stewart after Colbert nearly beat him in their Fear vs. Reason debate. Bonus points for doing this while being dressed as Peter Pan.
* ClusterFBomb: Done quite humorously while discussing [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-28-2010/speech-therapy Obama's first State of the Union]] address.
** Not to mention his tirade towards FoxNews: "Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself! Go fuck yourself!..." Etc. ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome With a gospel choir backing him.]]''
*** Repeated for the terrorists that threatened the creators of WesternAnimation/SouthPark.
** The segment ''Clusterf#@k to the [insert adjective] House''.
** Done several times by John Oliver when discussing the 2010 World Cup.
* CommieNazis: Jon's discussion of the 2012 Greek elections, which somehow elevated both extreme right and left parties to significant power, making them the world's first literal Commie Nazis.
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: Robert Novak, frequent target of {{Take That}}s due to his role in the Valerie Plame affair, was asked in an interview whether he'd ever seen ''The Daily Show'' or any of its material on him; he said no, then promptly went on to describe Jon as "self-righteous" and a "phony" and so forth. The old incident of Geraldo Rivera ranting to Bill O'Reilly about how TDS and TCR "exist in a small little place where they count for nothing" is most likely also an example, since he cited their supposed use of [[Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos "video of old ladies slipping on ice and people laughing,"]] which are not exactly Stewart and Colbert's stock in trade. (We would say these were in-universe examples, except y'know, it happened in ''[[RealLife this]]'' [[RealLife universe]]).
** Jon Stewart also lampshaded this in regards to ''Film/{{Noah}}'', with FOX complaining about it using the word "Creator" instead of "God". Jon Stewart points out that in the movie, Noah's son says that the Creator is God. It is then taken a step further with some of there complaints showing that they must not have read [[Literature/TheBible the source material]] either.
* ContentWarnings: On the Global Edition only, as it airs on serious news channels in some countries.
-->The show you are about to see is a news parody. Its stories are not fact checked. Its reporters are not journalists. And its opinions are not fully thought through.
* ContinuityNod: You know how Jon made Kristen Schaal depressed by revealing that the Chinese "one baby" rule [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-15-2008/olympic-mascots had some bad consequences to female babies]]? Well, apparently he learned his lesson when she expressed how nice it was that Hugh Hefner "lives with his three grand-daughters."
-->'''Kristen''': Why, what do you mean?
-->'''Jon''': ...nothing.
* {{Corpsing}}: Jon tends to giggle a lot while trying to report. One of the greatest examples is when he and Stephen completely lose it while reporting the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-10-2003/prince-charles-scandal Prince Charles Scandal.]] He does it often during the tosses to the Colbert Report as well, or whenever one of his correspondents says something he wasn't expecting. Jon rarely tries to keep a straight face during his reporting, however.
* CosmicPlaything: John Oliver somehow turned into this when he filled in for Stewart in 2013. He expected to have a quiet Summer filled mostly with jokes about his Britishness. First day of guest hosting: the NSA spying scandal broke out. Then after weeks of other major political news stories occurring during his tenure[[note]]and on the day George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin[[/note]], the studio loses power.
-->'''John Oliver''' (to camera): "Sorry Jon, I've broken the show."
* CouchGag:
** The scrolling list of cities at the beginning of the show.
** The toss at the end of the show (once or twice a week, anyway) [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-15-2008/daily-colbert---who-s-the-toss- And now let's check in with our good friend Stephen Colbert over at the Colbert Report]].
** "And here it is, your moment of Zen."
* {{Crossover}}: Applied liberally during the writer's strike, culminating in a brawl between Stewart, Creator/StephenColbert, and Conan O'Brien.
* [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Crouching Comic Hidden Badass]]: A good portion of the show could be construed as cutting, but pretty average, criticism of subject X. But, interviewees beware: if you try to weasel out of, [[BlatantLies outright deny]] or [[TemptingFate fire back at]] the allegations raised, you will get ''schooled''.
** With elements of BadassBookworm, AwesomenessByAnalysis and BewareTheSillyOnes. Yes. He has read your damn book. He knows what you've said. He also knows what you said three weeks ago. And what you said to the NRA in 2003. And where you worked when you said it. So answer the damn question.
*** Stephen Colbert noted in a ''Rolling Stone'' interview that he doesn't understand where Jon finds the time to do it, but yes, he reads EVERY book that people are there to promote on his show... every word. Colbert notes that obviously this gives Jon a formidable advantage in an interview, as most people do not expect the host to have gotten past the summary or "cliff notes" that a staffer gave them.
*** One of the rare exceptions was when Jon was interviewing Jeremy Scahill for his book ''Blackwater'' (about the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors PMC]]), Jon clearly ''hadn't'' read the book and the interview came off confrontational, while failing to discuss the novel's main themes [[note]]ie. the limited government oversight on hired contractors in the Middle East[[/note]]. Fast-forward a week, where Jon clearly ''had'' read it in the interim, owned up to his mistake and dedicated a segment showing just how badly he'd dropped the ball.
--->'''Jon''': Sometimes I can be unexpectedly confrontational, and other times...it’s almost as though I don’t know what the f**k I’m talking about at all.
*** It also happened that all the terrible things surrounding Blackwater began to appear in the news which completely validated Scahill's argument.
** There is a very, ''very'' good reason that Lawrence O'Donnell once said:
--> "The bottom line: don't pick a fight with Jon Stewart. ''Do not do it. You cannot win.''"
* CuteKitten: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-11-2009/clusterf--k-to-the-poor-house---wall-street-bailout This video]] has Jon show a kitten's adorably despondent reaction to the bank bailout - just 'cause.
** Used again on [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-7-2010/pope-opera April 7, 2010]], when more sex abuse scandals come to light around the Catholic church:
--> '''Jon:''' Very cute. The kittens lack the capacity to understand the horror of this story.
*** PlayfulOtter: In fact, kittens playing isn't enough to take the whole of the scandal so a baby otter is thrown in too:
----> '''Jon:''' Aw, now the baby otter is playing with a kitten.
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* DastardlyWhiplash: Jason Jones claims Geraldo Rivera is [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-12-2007/was-it-murder- this.]] To be fair, he does have the mustache for it.
---> '''Jason Jones''':Plus, what is with that ridiculous disguise? I mean, come on. I'm surprised he didn't put on a cape and tie [Anna Nicole Smith] to a railroad track!
* DeadpanSnarker: Almost the entire staff.
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-26-2009/brian-williams Any interview Jon has with Brian Williams turns into a deadpan-off.]] Brian can hold his own.
** Aasif gets extra points for getting the people he's interviewing to not realize he's making fun of them (such as a republican strategist about science) and getting them to say honest and crazy things as a result.
* {{Deconstruction}}: On Thursday, March 18th, 2010, Jon, playing the role of Glenn Beck, tore apart Beck's tactics and hysterical persona, again.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Stewart to John Hodgman in a "You're Welcome" segment - "Why, [[CrazyEnoughToWork that's so crazy]] - it [[AvertedTrope might just be fucking crazy.]]" (This in response to Hodgman's plan to shirk off America's debt by faking a 300 million passenger car crash.)
* DespairEventHorizon: When Congressional Republicans voted down a bill that would give healthcare to those to who helped out recovery efforts during 9/11. Aside from being legitimately pissed off about it, the whole spiel was detailed in a segment called, "I GIVE UP."
** The bill was finally passed near the end of December 2010. A week earlier, Jon had four 9/11 responders as guests on the show (and the first segment was another lambasting of Congress for still failing to get it passed, while the primary guest was Republican Mike Huckabee, who also agreed the bill should be passed, going against the majority of his party), who all gave their stories. [[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/business/media/27stewart.html?_r=2 Many major sources credited Jon and that episode]] for being influential in [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome spurring congress to finally get it done.]]
* {{Detournement}} / TheTag: "And here it is, your Moment of Zen."
** Since the election of Barack Obama, a common gag has been showing the blatant hypocrisy of Fox News by airing their defenses of George Bush immediately before/after the exact same circumstances with a Democratic president (ie. denouncing protests as "temper tantrums" in 2004 yet calling them "inspiring" in 2008). He also does so to the other news networks, but they don't have a Fair And Balanced slogan to pin against them, so it happens less often.
* DistractedByTheSexy: On the December 3rd, 2012 show, Jon got distracted by a shirtless Ryan Gosling.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/o71y32/daily-colbert---just-a-quickie Here's]] a fairly good example of it.
* DontExplainTheJoke: On "Back in Black" discussing the power vacuum in Al Qaeda following bin Laden's death.
-->'''CNN Anchor''': [Al-Zawahiri] is more of a no. 2 than a no. 1
-->'''Black''': I dunno, Al Qaeda's former no. 1 seemed like more of a no. 2 to me. ({{Beat}}) I'm talking about poop, Jon.
-->'''Stewart''': Yes, I know.
* DoubleEntendre: the "Jon Stewart [insert double entendre such as "Touches Kids" here]" segments.
** Perhaps the best yet, lifted directly from a senator's rant to Anderson Cooper: "Jon Stewart and Anderson Cooper Have Their Fun Looking At Gaping Holes".
** During a segment inviting former president GeorgeWBush to, er, be a guest on the program: "Come On Jon Stewart!"
*** He later asks them to change this when he's asking the same of Glenn Beck to come on. First they make an offer to take some thing off his chest into "Drop a Load on Jon Stewart", then an offer to get to know each other becoming (despite [[LampshadeHanging Jon's hopes]]) "Two Established Television Personalities Penetrate Each Other On The Daily Show While People Watch".
** When NYC enacted both a soda ban and a relaxation of the laws regarding marijuana within the same week (June 7, 2012):
-->"Jon Stewart Tries to Figure Out What He's Allowed to Put in His Mouth"
** The official ''Daily Show'' website has a special tag for such occasions: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/topics/questionable%20graphics "Questionable Graphics."]]
* DoubleSubversion: For instance, when during the episode with the Glenn Beck impression he made reference to masturbating to a Calvin Klein billboard he could see from his apartment window. An ad with a shirtless male model came up, to which he said, "No!"; then it was replaced by an ad with a scantily-clad female model, to which he said, "Ewww, no!"; it turned out to be an ad with a more muscled and and well-oiled male model.
* DramaticDrop: When he interviewed Republican senator Marco Rubio Jon got so frustrated with the senator's ability to talk in circles he dropped his pen in exasperation.
* DramaticPause: A frequent gag. Here's an [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/zrcz8f/was-it-murder- example]].
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[[folder: E - F]]
* EagleLand: Obviously. But when ever he [[TakeThat makes a few jabs]] at the more...[[TheFundamentalist extreme]] conservatives we see in news clips, he or one of the correspondents makes it [[{{Anvilicious}} quite clear]] that said people fit in with "flavor 2" as they tend to "hate 50% of the country".
* ElectionNight: Heavily spoofed whenever it rolls around.
* MrFanservice: Have you seen the movie "Playing By Heart"?
** Also [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-26-2011/state-of-the-union-2011---correspondent-rebuttal here,]] when Larry Wilmore reminds modern viewers what Jon looked like back in 1999. Rowr.
* EskimosArentReal: In a segment [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/mvygd0/oy-to-the-world satirically examining the "over-commercialization" of Hanukkah,]] Stephen Colbert refers to the occasion as the "holiest of holy days" and is corrected by his (Jewish) guest. Colbert asks him to name one holier, and responds to Rosh Hashanah with, "Okay, now you're just making words up."
* EveryEpisodeEnding: "Here it is, your moment of zen." During Kilbourne's run, the clip was usually a ridiculous or surreal non sequitor, while during Jon Stewart's run it's usually a funny or ironic news clips that is related to something covered previously.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Apparently Romney's business practices are [[TheMafia too shady for]] [[NationalStereotypes Italy]]. Romney has to say to Italy "Hey, I'm a legitimate businessman."
* EveryoneIsBi: ''Everybody'' on the show has either shown bisexual tendencies [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-september-3-2008/the-best-f--king-news-team-ever---larry-craig-bathroom on screen]], or simply [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/b6zjg2/bus-tour-of-the-other-america hinted at]] having had sex with both genders.
* {{Expy}}: Often a source of them, as Jon and the other correspondents will take other acting roles in quite a similar vein as their characters in the show. Jon himself played an OnlySaneMan news anchor in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' and Ed Helms showed up as the quite similar Andy Bernard on ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' (which, of course, stars former "reporter" Steve Carell.)
* ExtendedDisarming: When Vance [=DeGeneres=] [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/777uap/women-s-health-with-vance-degeneres made his farewells]], Jon had to nudge him to hand over his standard-issue badge and handgun. Isn't there something else he's forgetting? Brass knuckles. And fine, combat knife. And ''bomb''.
* FaceHeelTurn: The show's treatment of Senator John [=McCain=] following his 2008 presidential campaign makes frequent allusions to his 'fall from grace' from his (now-abandoned) maverick position. Appropriately, 2008 was also the last year Senator [=McCain=] made a personal appearance on the show.
* FacePalm: A favorite reaction of Jon when confronted with the most [[TVTropesWikiDrinkingGame egregious]] [[YouFailLogicForever logical fallacies]].
* FauxtasticVoyage: A gag using the ChromaKey.
** In one memorable example, two correspondents are supposedly broadcasting from Iraq. The one who is actually in Iraq demonstrates that his (real) footage is being used as the fake background for the other's shoot by waving his arms.
* FilmAtEleven
* {{Fingore}}: Stewart once accidentally smashed a margarita glass in his hand on camera bad enough to require stitches.
* FlameWar: The Even Stephvens debates which at one point attempted to prove which religion was the right one by holding a "Smite-off" (praying to either God or Mohammad to smite the other Ste(v/ph)en.)
* FlatWhat: In an interview with Barbara Walters, former GOP candidate Herman Cain said that, if offered a cabinet position, he would want to be Secretary of of Defense. Walters was so flabbergasted that she could only stammer out a '''''What?''''' This prompted Jon to show examples of people and comments that ''didn't'' faze her, including Syria's Bashar al-Assad saying that no government has ever killed non-deserving people.
* FoodPorn: Darn near literally in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-2-2011/parliament-slight one sketch]].
* FoxNewsLiberal: Notable aversion. Though a decidedly liberal-leaning program, the Daily Show often hosts conservative guests. When it does, Jon Stewart treats them with respect and actually attempts to understand their point of view, and thus help the audience to do the same.
** In addition, despite the assumed viewpoint that he would go "easy" on the Obama administration, he is perhaps one of its most vocal critics. Yes, they are pulling for them to have success and find ideological similarities, but that merely colors his criticism, which is expressed more as disappointment when the administration fails to follow through on something they claimed. In other words, it bases its views not on party, but progress. Or in layman's terms:
--->"C'mon, guys, we should be doing ''better'' than this!"
* FollowTheLeader: The Daily Show has spawned a number of similar shows in the Middle East, notably ''[[http://parazit-parazit.blogspot.com/ Parazit]]'' [[http://www.theworld.org/2010/12/irans-daily-show/ in Iran]] and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUvufBZoieEr1YOFhOMnzHw El Bernameg]][[note]]Literally, "The Program" or "The Show"[[/note]] with Bassem Youssef'' [[http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2011/04/15/03 in post-revolution Egypt]]. Both show's hosts and producers [[SincerestFormOfFlattery openly admit that they are attempting to replicate]] ''The Daily Show''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Of course, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-6-2000/intro---marathon Jon didn't intend to do so.]]
** Another bit of unintentional foreshadowing happened during the Anthony Weiner scandal, wherein Jon Stewart fake-resigns and John Oliver takes over the show (temporarily, before Jon Stewart reminds him that it was just a bit). A few years later, the Weiner scandal reemerged with a vengeance while Jon was on hiatus and John Oliver was hosting.
* FriendlyEnemy: Stewart and Bill O'Reilly of Fox. Bill has been interviewed by Stewart several times over the years, and while they obviously disagree with each other strongly on numerous issues, there is an odd sort of WorthyOpponent-type respect between them.
* FunWithAcronyms:
** The [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/suc7l3/10-f--king-years---nambla NAMBLA]] RunningGag.
** On April 23, 2013 Jon [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-23-2013/insider-house-rules comments on the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) act]], guessing that Fiscal Use of Congressional Knowledge is Expressly Restricted (FUCKER) act was a little too much to-the-point.
** On October 28, 2013 when Jon learns about the National Intelligence Priorities Network (NIPF) running all intelligence ops in the USA, Jessica makes the comment they are run by the National World Order of Regional Directors (NWORD) and Jon cannot speak of them, but Jessica can [[NWordPrivileges because she has the "security clearance."]]
* FunnyForeigner: Both played straight and subverted with John Oliver. There are plenty of times where his British-ness is used for laughs, but it's also heavily implied that he ''wants'' to be taken seriously as a journalist, but is forced to play the Funny Foreigner role for Jon Stewart's personal amusement.
** He's also used in lieu of a calculator whenever a measurement is given in metric, as part of the segment "Is that a lot?"
** On the other hand, it's usually not brought up with Canadians Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, unless the subject turns to Canada.
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-17-2011/la-douche-vita---italian-stereotypes The correspondent segment]] on Silvio Berlusconi's trial for statutory rape was a grand mockery of the trope, what with Jon's attempt at playing the whole thing seriously.
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[[folder: G - H]]
* GagDub: Whenever you hear a voiceover, it's fake.
** By the same standard, if Jon has to [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer strenuously emphasize that the voice-over is real]], [[PoesLaw it is quite real, no matter how unbelievable it might be.]]
* GameBreakingInjury: When exasperatedly noting how Barack Obama's mishaps during the 2012 campaign are overshadowed by the far more numerous gaffes of challenger Mitt Romney, and the audience begins to cheer, Jon compares a victory over Romney to a victory over someone suffering one of these.
-->'''Jon:''' Really? That's how you want to win this? Other guy tears his ACL?
* GameOfNerds: Jon has openly admitted to being a Mets fan.
* GeekyTurnOn: Elizabeth Warren (yes, the future Senator) gives an eloquent and accurate speech on the urgent necessity of Wall Street reform. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-26-2010/elizabeth-warren Jon wants to make out with her.]]
* GeneralRipper: Puppet Senator John [=McCain=] against illegal immigrants.
* GiverOfLameNames: Jon will sometimes do this to his segment titles as a RunningGag, going through several increasingly horrific versions before settling on the final one.
* AGlassInTheHand: Parodied in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-11-2009/clusterf--k-to-the-poor-house---wall-street-bailout this clip]] as Jon handles a series of bad news about the Wall Street bailout by breaking a champagne glass, then the accompanying bottle, and finally his "comically convenient fish tank." (He's done similar gags with Spit Takes, as mentioned below, and one time with a Jenga game.)
** A CallBack was made to that clip in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-1-2011/america-s-next-tarp-model this clip]] on TARP, where Jon reacts to the financial loopholes involving the bailout by first snapping a pencil, crushing a piece of coal so hard it becomes diamond, before doing the same to [[CrossesTheLineTwice a cute (live) kitten.]] [[spoiler:Not really.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She's p-p-p-p-[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-2-2009/changing-of-the-garb poisonous]]
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Cribbing a quote from a CNN Anchor about a sex scandal, Jon proclaims
--> '''Stewart''': "If there's not a hip indie band named ''Lesbian Bondage Fiasco'' by next week..."
** In a bit about abortion laws, he mentions "Transvaginal Ultrasound" as being a 15-member jazz fusion band.
* GodwinsLaw: The ''Back in Black'' segment ripping [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-12-2010/back-in-black---glenn-beck-s-nazi-tourette-s Glenn Beck's "Nazi Tourettes."]]
-->'''Lewis Black:''' It's "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon", [[{{Dissimile}} except there's just one degree, and Kevin Bacon is Hitler!]]
** Also [[DefiedTrope defied]] in a "Rally to Restore Sanity" poster - "I may disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're ''not'' Hitler."
** Later subverted in a segment about Planet Fitness, a gym that excludes hardcore weightlifters.
-->'''PF Rep''': All the animals [the bodybuilders] can go in their cages and the rest of the people can come here."
-->'''Jason Jones''': You know who else said that?
-->'''PF Rep''': .....Hitler?
-->'''Jason Jones''': What?? No! I was going to say ThomasJefferson!
** Jon does not like when anyone, of any stripe, compares anyone else to the Nazis. He's been complaining about it since as early as 2004 on Oprah, when it was the Democrats comparing Bush to Hitler and Republicans in the House comparing Democrats to Hitler and Democrats in the House comparing Republicans in the House to Hitler.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Stewart refers to his 'weekend squash partner' BillOReilly
* TheGoldenRule: Subject of a Crosses The Line Twice joke in The Daily Show, where apropos of a meeting between Catholic Cardinals to discuss the sexual molestation scandals, Jon claims that the aformentioned Bible verse will be altered to include the footnote "except when explicitly prohibited by law".
* GoneHorriblyRight: Discussed. In an interview with Creator/RichardDawkins, Jon speculates that humanity's last words will be, "It worked!"
* GospelRevivalNumber: "I guess what I'm sayin' is this..." "GO..." "If 'Fair and Balanced' is how you want to sell yourself..." "FUCK..." [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-20-2010/bernie-goldberg-fires-back "Guess what I'm sayin' is this..." "YOURSELVES!"]]
** "Revolution Muslim and that kind of hate, that's the enemy. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-22-2010/south-park-death-threats And so...I say to you..." "GO..." "And I KNOWS ya get cable..." "FUCK..." "And I say this to anyone who's threatening death in the name of religion or politics..." "YOURSELF!"]]
* GuestHost: The correspondents, when necessary.
** "Welcome to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Ironically enough, I'm Stephen Colbert."
** Jon Stewart is perhaps one of the most dedicated news anchors on TV. In one instance, despite ''losing his voice'' for three days, [[HeroicSpirit he refused to]] ''[[HeroicSpirit not]]'' [[HeroicSpirit appear on the show]], even though he had to speak up (and therefore lengthened his recovery by abusing his already abused vocal cords).
*** And got extra jokes out of it, too. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-15-2007/dance-dance-resolution "It's as if Harvey Fierstein had hosted the Daily Show!"]]
** John Oliver guest-hosted the show during the Summer of 2013, while Stewart was filming his adaptation of Maziar Bahari's book ''And Then They Came For Me'', entitled ''Rosewater'', in Jordan.
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: When RobertPattinson appeared on the show after KristenStewart was caught cheating on him (his appearance had been scheduled long before the incident), Jon pulls out 2 pints of Ben & Jerry's. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-13-2012/robert-pattinson Unfortunately, it melted.]]
* HereWeGoAgain: Jon Stewart cut his hand by breaking a glass object [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-25-2012/space-innovators AGAIN!]]
* HighClassGlass: Toppington Von Monocle, the show's "biggest fan," who appeared in a segment in response to Bernie Goldberg accusing Jon of playing to an "incredibly unsophisticated audience" (see SophisticatedAsHell below).
* HilariousOuttakes: Frequently left in. For instance, Jon Stewart stumbling all over the camera placement while talking with Gitmo.
* {{Homage}}: Jon riffed on [[WinstonChurchill Churchill]] while talking about his ''Crossfire'' appearance: "Tomorrow, I will go back to being funny, and [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/mr122o/your-show-blows your show will still blow."]]
* HostileShowTakeover: On Election Night 2008, Stewart and Colbert co-hosted a live show reporting on the results (in between humorous bits and interviews, of course). After Ohio went to Obama, it became obvious he was going to win the election. The Daily Show's two black correspondents, Larry Wilmore and Wyatt Cenac, took this as a sign that they could do "whatever they want", and tried to host ''The Daily Show'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'', respectively. It was over by the commercial break.
** Kristen and Samantha also once tried to take over the show when Jon went to the toilet, because they felt it was time for a female host.
* HypocriticalHumor: Often.
** "Yes, it's cathartic - it can be so therapeutic to publicly ridicule those whose views you find repugnant when they are in no way able to respond."
** The end of his Special Comment about KeithOlbermann, accusing him of name-calling: "And as we both know, ''[[MemeticMutation Sir]]'', that's ''my'' thing!"
** The episode on SOPA absolutely ''runs'' on this trope, with Jon faux-seriously lecturing on the evils of using copyrighted material and the background consisting entirely of clips taken from other shows.
** Making fun of CNN doing a splitscreen satellite interview with two reporters in the same parking lot, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-8-2013/the-standlot Jon said:]] "The audacity of something even resembling a news organization to pretend that a correspondent is in an entirely different location when in fact that correspondent is standing no more than a few feet away, maybe in the very same studio for all we know - pretty shameful."
** When John Oliver first starts hosting the show during Jon Stewart's absence, [[CanadaEh Samantha Bee]] expresses outrage at a "godforsaken foreigner" being selected for the position over her.
** Al Madrigal does an interview with an animal-rights whistleblower defending the editing of their videos for time, pointing out that ''The Daily Show'' does the same with its interviews. Al Madrigal objects... in two different clips of him wearing two different outfits.
** Jon dismissed the pissing contest between New York City and Chicago over which city had the tallest skyscraper in the country and urged everyone not to take the issue so seriously. [[RantInducingSlight Then he watched a clip of a pundit declaring Chicago's deep dish pizza to be better than New York's pizza.]]
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[[folder: I - J]]
* IfIHadANickel: "You know, if I had a nickel for every time Bush has mentioned 9/11, I could raise enough reward money to go after bin Laden."
* IKnowKungFaux
--> '''Jon:''' You can't be a dick to (Newt) Gingrich. He's a master of [[FooFu dick fu]]. He will use his opponents' dickishness against ... Newt studied it in the mountains of Tibet with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_lama Dicky Lama]].
* ILoveNuclearPower: Alluded to during the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning.
* ImplausibleDeniability: They get sitting heads of state, major government officials, Hollywood stars, scientists at the top of their field, and ''actual news anchors'' as guests. They've earned Emmys and Peabody Awards(!), and can get celebrities to drop by unannounced for a cameo and good joke. Their news is at ''least'' as insightful as the regular stuff put out by the networks and the 24-hour news channels (though people like Fareed Zakaria and Christiane Amanpour are probably better). But as he said when it was still true (and people were even treating the show as serious news), "The show leading into mine is puppets making crank phone calls."
* IncrediblyLamePun: He warned the Audience after they laughed at this that, because it was positive reinforcement, he would use more of these in the future.
** Kristen Schaal pulled one of these in a [[strike:BlackComedy]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-3-2010/sarah-palin-s-mama-grizzly-coalition never-have-baby-comedy]] moment. After talking about UsefulNotes/SarahPalin's new group, "Mama Grizzlies", she mentioned that she'd "never be a Mama Grizzly."
---> '''Jon Stewart:''' I'm sorry Kristen, I... why, why, why is that?
---> '''Kristen:''' Well Jon, you might just say... I'm "bear-en".
** Jon criticized the news media's habit of using lame puns in a segment called [[HypocriticalHumor You're Not Punny]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Jon begins his interview with Mike Huckabee about abortion by pouring them both shots.
* InformedJudaism: Part of Jon Stewart's material since his stand-up career, with a combination of pride in his Jewishness and SelfDeprecation at being not very good at it.
** So, basically, he's Reform.
** But for the most part Jon subverts that trope. He clearly knows his Judaic lore and customs, but chooses to make part of his act about his choice to live as an ultra-assimilated, intermarried New York Jew.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: The names of Mississippi Secretaries of State Dick Molpus and Delbert Hosemann.
* InJoke / NoodleIncident: Jon comes out to chat with the studio audience for a bit before the show starts, and then during the show he will often make a CallBack to something that one of the audience members said, leaving the home audience scratching their heads at the seeming NonSequitur.
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike
* InnocentInnuendo: An open-shirted Jason Jones was on Chat Roulette looking very relaxed while his arms were making jerking motions. He turns out to be playing Wii Craps [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope while masturbating]].]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: Played brilliantly straight in the manner of Glenn Beck. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-5-2009/the-11-3-project Watch it on video here.]] Comes complete with spoofing HitlerAteSugar.
** Topped on the March 18, 2010 episode by taking it even further in a ''fifteen minute'' segment that concludes that Bert from SesameStreet is actually Hitler. Perhaps he is in cahoots with his colleague, Gitmo.
** On June 27, 2011, the Moment of Zen showed a clip from Fox News:
---> "I'm going to say it right now, Jon Stewart is a racist. I don't believe that to be true, but I'm saying it."
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: In a sketch introducing the newest correspondent, Aasif appears from behind a piece of greenscreen down to his waist.
-->'''Jon Stewart:''' Uh, Aasif, how did you do that?\\
'''Aasif:''' I'm ''Asian,'' Jon. I'm a ''ninja!''
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Jon's internet history is mostly {{Sideboob}}s (and some ESPN).
* InterspeciesRomance: John Oliver/Orangutan OTP!
* IrishmanAndAJew: ''The Daily Show'' is headed up by Jon Stewart ([[StageNames born]] ''Jonathan Leibowitz''--and no, [[DoNotCallMePaul you're not allowed to call him that]]); its sister show, ''Series/TheColbertReport'', stars Creator/StephenColbert, who self-identifies as Irish-American, despite the French-sounding name. Like many other instances of such pairings, the Jewish half is [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] and exasperated with [[CrapsackWorld a world gone mad]], while the Irish half is blustering and [[TedBaxter self-assured]], but [[TooDumbToLive oblivious to the problems around him]].
** Also happens during the many times Jon's good friend Creator/DenisLeary is on the show.
** Jon also has this dynamic with Bill O'Reilly. Their ''Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium'' debate was truly something to behold.
* IronicEchoCut: A staple of the show is Jon recapping the basics of a story and assuming a result, then cutting to a clip of a reporter or speaker saying the exact opposite.
* ItsBeenDone: After Jon's recap of the Bipartisan Health Care Summit of 2010, Stewart and John Oliver proceeded to [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-25-2010/bipartisan-health-care-reform-summit-2010---government-unity explain in great detail]] a hypothetical system where legislators could come together, sit down, and talk about relevant issues. OH WAIT, THAT'S CONGRESS.
--> "What if both of those bodies are ''fucking idiots''?"
* JewishComplaining: Some of the jokes.
* JewsLoveToArgue: Often joked about, and once they captured empirical evidence on camera.
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: Rob Riggle apparently joined the Marines because he thought he could [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mplEt-7HNR8 kill flaming demons with a sword.]]
* {{Joisey}}: Jon Stewart is from New Jersey (he even got to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome introduce]] BruceSpringsteen at the Kennedy Center Honors!) and will often use a parody Joisey accent.
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[[folder: K - L]]
* KentBrockmanNews: Most of the correspondents
* KillThePoor: During the banter segment with Jon Stewart at the end of ''The Daily Show's'' 10th Anniversary episode, Creator/StephenColbert remarked about how Stewart's show is all about supporting "the underdog" and Colbert can't believe how he ever backed that "losing horse." That's why Colbert on [[Series/TheColbertReport his own show]] now supports "the overdog" (specifically, big business). When concluding his point, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-july-17-2006/daily-colbert---kill-the-poor Colbert quotes the Trope Namer!]]
--> Like ''[[GratuitousSpanish mis hermanos]]'' The DeadKennedys say, "Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill the poor!"
* KungFuJesus: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-may-11-2010/god-smacked Weight class 155-170 lbs!]] Extreme Ministries ftw!
* LampshadedTheObscureReference: "Deep cut!"
* LeftItIn: Commonly PlayedForLaughs.
* LenoDevice: The Daily Show popped up in the middle of ''Evan Almighty''. Bonus points on that one, since the star of that movie, Steve Carell, started out as a Daily Show correspondent.
** Jon Stewart has Matt Damon's congressional candidate character on as a guest in ''TheAdjustmentBureau''.
* LeeroyJenkins: Invades CNN's 2012 Super Tuesday [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-march-7-2012/indecision-2012---super-tuesday---endless-suffrage-2012 coverage.]]
* LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics: If news reports trot out questionable statistics, the show will call them out on this, like the time(s) Fox's statistics totaled over 100%.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Apparently, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-28-2013/wait-wait----don-t-tell-him- President Obama]].
* LogicalFallacies: Thoughtfully provided by the "[[ScienceIsBad Large Hadron Collider]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt will destroy the world]]" pundit/high school science teacher.
-->'''Teacher:''' I'd say there is a 50/50 chance. It will either destroy us or it won't.\\
'''John Oliver:''' I'm not sure statistics work that way.\\
''later''\\
'''John:''' After the apocalypse, we should try breeding. ''(the teacher is male)''\\
'''Teacher:''' I don't think that will work.\\
'''John:''' It either could happen or it won't.
** They had a field day with people claiming that [[SnowMeansCold snowstorms proved global warming wasn't real.]] Apparently global warming=negation of seasonal weather trends.
** A homophobe who didn't want open gays in American military claimed that Nazis were gay and persecuted gays to hide their own sexuality...[[YouAreWhatYouHate wait]].
** John used the fallacy-ridden manner of thinking GlennBeck uses to prove things to prove him wrong and evil.
* LogicBomb: Jon drops one on the Reagan US 9/11 by pointing out that Obama was conceived in Hawaii. Thus either Obama was created and became a person in the US which should count for more than where he emerged from his mother's womb... or fetuses aren't people. Unable to cope with having to abandon either its Birther or Pro-life stance, the machine promptly crashes.
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[[folder: M - N]]
* MagicalNegro: Referenced by the GenreSavvy [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/assqw3/obama-s-running-mate Larry Wilmore]].
** And also, rather more slyly [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/x7ejht/imaginary-black-on-white-crime by Wyatt Cenac]].
** Again referenced by Larry Wilmore when discussing Obama's first year. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-19-2010/the-first-364-days-23-hours Negroes aren't magic]]
*** Except for when they're performing card tricks (see CastShowoff, above).
* ManlyTears: The first episode after 9/11. Scientifically proven to be impossible to watch without [[TearJerker joining in]].
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: With regards to Dick Cheney:
--> Here's what's upsetting about this guy; fucking guy acts like we were 20 seconds away from total victory in Iraq, when suddenly ''Obama'' just gives it away at midfield, and then ''Osama bin Laden crosses it, and ISIS heads it home; [[TheWorldCup God, how did we blow that game!?]]''
* MicDrop: Jessica Williams ended an epic rant about racism with a mic drop ... which she first had to pull out from behind her desk because she wasn't using it during said rant.
* MisplacedNationalism: Made fun of a few times. The 2010 World Cup has this as a RunningGag between Jon and John Oliver regarding the performance of the US and English teams, usually ending with John Oliver dropping a ClusterFBomb after Jon's parting shot against England.
* MistakenForPedophile: Due to the unfortunate titles for the segment for kids.
* MoodWhiplash: The first episode directly after 9/11. This one ''isn't'' funny in the least. Instead, Jon puts all the jokes aside and confronts both the audience and his heartbroken home of New York very seriously... and in [[TearJerker tears.]]
* MoralMyopia: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-23-2010/international-house-of-handshakes Jon's take on Ahmadinejad.]]
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: Jason Jones, while in Russia, did a segment on how Russians aren't sissies, which included talking with a math teacher who walks across rooftops in her spare time.
* MotorMouth: ''"[=WelcometotheDailyShowmynameisJonStewart=]!"''
* MsFanservice: While there's little doubt that Creator/OliviaMunn would be this whether or not that was the plan, a veritable tempest in a teapot arose when a feminist (possibly or possibly not of the [[StrawFeminist silly variety]]) accused the ''TDS'' staff of sexism, saying they only hired her to try out for her sexiness. While most agreed that Munn's first two segments [[SoOkayItsAverage left something to be desired]], her third segment (a field assignment in UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}) was [[GrowingTheBeard enough of an improvement]] that {{Slate}}, at least, said she warranted a little bit of patience.
** It's worth noting that this is the exact same complaint that gave her something of a BrokenBase among ''Series/AttackOfTheShow'' fans, which still lingers after several years of her hosting.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "The best f* cking news team ever. We have a rocket. CNN doesn't have a rocket."
** Which is topped by the Election Day intro [[Creator/StephenColbert Stephen]] cooked up: '''''THE FINAL ENDGAME ALPHA ACTION GO TIME LIFT-OFF DECIDE-CIDAL HUNGRY MAN'S EXTREME RAW POWER ULTIMATE VOTESLAM SMACKDOWN '08 NO MERCY: JUDGEMENT DAY '08'''''
*** ''''''08!'''''
*** And then Jon Stewart lit former Majority Leader of the House Dick Gephardt [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]], and [[StuffBlowingUp blew him up]].
---> '''Stephen Colbert''': ...did you set fire to Dick Gephardt?
---> '''Jon Stewart''': That's right, Stephen, we lit former Majority Leader of the House Dick Gephardt on fire...and then we blew him up.
---> '''Stephen Colbert''': ...kudos.
* {{Muppet}}s: A RunningGag that when former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney or former GOP Chairman [[AwesomeMcCoolName Michael Steele]] are mentioned, a clip of a similar-looking Muppet (Guy Smiley and the hapless restaurant patron, respectively) will be shown.
** The muppet!Steele became a guest on April 7, 2010. HilarityEnsues
*** And when the ''real'' Michael Steele appeared as a guest, [[FunnyMoments so did muppet!Steele]].
----> '''"Real" Michael Steele:''' Take a hike, Dick van Dyke.
----> '''Puppet Steele:''' ...I can take that he's better looking than me, but rhyming's ''my'' thing, Gordon Sumner - also known as Sting!
** Or when he was trying to pronounce the name of the island "Mah Na Mah Na"...
*** Don't forget Gitmo! Never thought that Elmo's cousin (or whatever) was a member of Al-Qaeda, but it's a small world, I suppose.
*** Also, don't forget that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC_-tk5qV_U Elmo himself is a neo-Nazi...]]
** When then-Prime Minister Tony Blair was "Harumphed" (heckled) by Parliament, Stewart noted that "The act of harumphing dates back to the [[StatlerAndWaldorf Earl of Statler and the Duke of Waldorf]]."
** And don't forget when he interviewed [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-february-13-2001/kermit-the-frog Kermit the Frog]]:
--->'''Jon''': Isn't that the whole thing, if you lick a frog you get crazy thoughts?
--->'''Kermit''': If you lick a frog, you're crazy before you started!
--->'''Jon''': I can't believe it, the frog's running circles around me!
*** And [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-13-1999/miss-piggy Miss Piggy]]
---> '''Jon''': [[DoubleEntendre Got a little frog in your throat?]]
** And now that John [=McCain=] is refusing to do the show, Muppet John [=McCain=] has been filling in for him from time to time.
** In the last show of 2012, Wyatt Cenac was turned into a Muppet after mocking a Puerto Rican news show because one of the hosts used a puppet suit. [[spoiler:He turned out to just be operating the puppet, which led to an awkward moment at the end of the show.]]
* NWordPrivileges: Invoked [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-24-2010/the-hurt-talker here]] when John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac try to debate which racial insults are worse; John can't bring himself to use the N word.
** Also see [[http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/59858/detail/ this clip]]. John Oliver and Larry Wilmore interview a local politician trying to ban the N word. John will ask a question and pause for Larry to fill in the actual word.
** Frequently invoked with the topic of Rick Perry's family's former name for their ranch. Every time after Jon tries to say it, a clip would play of Herman Cain helping a reporter by saying it instead.
** Jon cannot say the N-word, but Jessica can. [[note]]The N-word being "New World Order". She has the security clearance.[[/note]]
* {{Nerdgasm}}: Jon was particularly flummoxed that among the revelations about Anthony Weiner's sexual escapades was an exchange between him and one woman suggesting that they watch back-to-back Daily Show and TheColbertReport to "get them in the mood."
* NeverTrustATitle: As Jon pointed out, ''The Daily Show'' is on four days a week, and only for a part of the year.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Spoofed in [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/rk9abw/bloggers this sketch]].
** Usually spoofed in some way in Demetri Martin's [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/topics/Trendspotting Trendspotting segments.]]
* NewsParody
* NiceGuy: Among other things, Jon Stewart has been an active proponent for granting medical aid to the dying rescue workers and volunteers from the 9/11 terrorism massmurder; and improved education for autistic children.
* ElNinoIsSpanishForTheNino: This is a bit of a RunningGag regarding Arabic phrases with the article "Al". For example, in one episode featuring an interview with an Al Jazeera reporter, Jon helpfully informs us that "Al Jazeera" means "The Jazeera" and that hopefully their guest will explain what a "Jazeera" is (he doesn't).[[note]]Al-Jazeera means "The Peninsula" in Arabic, in reference to the Arabian Peninsula.[[/note]]
* NotHelpingYourCase: In the midst of an uphill battle to retain his Senate seat, John [=McCain=] had Sarah Palin speak for him to garner some much-needed publicity for his campaign. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-march-30-2010/lady-and-the-gramps This proved to be a very bad idea.]]
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer:
** "-- and this is true --" Jon has to do this with disturbing frequency.
** During his tongue-in-cheek review of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Al Madrigal at one point stops to provide a source for his claim that the Decision Theater will actually play of video of Bush telling the user why they're wrong if their decision contradicts his (namely, when deciding against the Iraq war).
** In his "India Jones and the Election of Doom" series, Jason Jones learns that Indian newspapers can be paid to print pretty much anything, which he demonstrates by having a completely fictional story about himself printed for a few thousand dollars. He then stresses that he really did this and provides a link to the article in question.
* NotSoDifferent: His claims to this effect - which he insists are weaker than they've been taken - have provoked a ''lot'' of backlash from the left, especially following the Rally to Restore Sanity, which he [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-8-2010/msnbc-suspends-keith-olbermann mocked]] with his "[[BlameGame The Rally to Determine Precisely the Percentage of Blame to be Doled Out to the Left and the Right for Our Problems]] [[ALighterShadeOfGrey Because We Know the Only Thing That Matters Is That the Other Guys Are Worse Than We Are]] [[Series/TheColbertReport and/or Fear]]."
* [[NotWorthKilling Not Worth Mocking]]: Stewart grabs a pair of glasses similar to those worn by GlennBeck. It comes off as a setup of another thorough, annihilating parody of Beck's rhetoric...until he throws the glasses down and says he's just not worth it anymore.
* NoTrueScotsman: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-17-2010/on-topic--in-the-news---the-real-america Points out the tendency fairly often]] InUniverse.
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[[folder: O - P]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-december-8-2009/gretchen-carlson-dumbs-down A charge leveled at Gretchen Carlson]] of "Fox and Friends" for her having to look up the words "czar" and "ignoramus", despite being a Stanford honors graduate in Sociology, having studied at Oxford and being a talented violinist, and so probably being familiar with those words.
** And done ''again'', [[LampshadeHanging lampshade included]] ''and'' [[InvokedTrope vocally invoked]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-23-2010/the-parent-company-trap by Wyatt Cenac]] when discussing how Fox and Friends had connected the "Ground-Zero Mosque" with the leader of The Kingdom Foundation, Prince Al-waleed bin Talal... who happens to be a 7% shareholder with [=NewsCorp=], parent company of FoxNews. (This makes him the largest shareholder outside of the Murdoch family.)
-->'''Wyatt Cenac''': Bum-bum-bum! That's some evil shit! It's a level of knowing obfuscation that can only come with having a heart filled with ''pure evil''!
* OhCisco: The Moment of Zen.
* OhGodWithTheVerbing: On pronouncing Rod Blagojevich:
-->"It's not that hard to pronounce. Repeat after me: Rod-- BLAGOJEVICH WITH THE SCHNITZENDREUBLE, WITH THE GOVERNING AND THE CORRUPTION..."
* OneManArmy: Former correspondent and all-around BadAss '''[[ColonelBadAss Lt. Col.]]''' Rob Riggle, USMCR.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. In addition to Jon Stewart the show has John Oliver, and occasional ''You're Welcome'' host John Hodgman. And of course, there were also Creator/SteveCarell and Creator/StephenColbert before they left the show (complete with the segment "Even Stephven" where they "debated" a topic by hurling insults at each other).
* OnlyInFlorida: During a segment about Florida demanding that welfare recipients take drug urinalysis tests, Aasif Maandvi manages to crash an actual press conference with Gov. Rick Scott and requests that he take a test himself. The other reporters even help to pass him the cup.
* OnlySaneMan: Jon Stewart, with the insanity provided either by correspondents, or clips of real life politics.
* OrgasmicallyDelicious: Anything prepared by Mario Batalli.
* OverlyLongGag:
** Jon will occasionally do something random (like vigorously scratch the back of his head) while waiting for the audience to stop applauding or laughing, then when they quiet down, he'll continue to do it until they laugh again.
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-29-2011/democracy-on-the-lurch---wall-street-pepper-spray-incident Full clip]]. When MSNBC named a New York police officer "Anthony Bologna" (pronounced like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna the Italian city]]), Jon insisted on calling him "Tony Bologna" (pronounced like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna_sausage the sausage]]) and proceeded with a rap:
-->Guy's name is Tony Bologna\\
Favorite pasta, rigatoni\\
Favorite island, Coney\\
Favorite Italian prime minister, Berlusconi\\
Favorite southern buffet restaurant, Shoney's\\
Favorite dessert, [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion fresh mixed berries]]\\
(''beat'') \\
[[DiscussedTrope You thought I'd say]] spumoni or tortoni\\
No, he's [[PainfulRhyme lactose intoleroni]]
*** After the rap, Jon showed a clip of a fake TV show, ''The Vigilogna,'' starring [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Meloni Chris Meloni]] (spelled "Melogna" in the clip) as the rogue Tony Bologna.
*** Later, on the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-28-2011/spray-it-forward November 28, 2011 show]], he [[CallBack mentioned Tony Bologna]] and continued:
----> The theme music to that done by Tony! Toni! Toné!\\
Sponsored by Rice-A-Roni\\
The lead-in program: ''MyLittlePony''
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: The titles given to the correspondents often follow this mold, such as "Jessica Williams, our senior Christmas historical accuracy correspondent"
* PaedoHunt: RunningGag.
** During the MichaelJackson trial, then-correspondent Creator/StephenColbert was referred to as "...our Senior Child Molestation Expert."
--->'''Stephen:''' [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-14-2005/acquitted-o----california-brain-drain Jon, I've been meaning to talk to you about that...]]
** Another time, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-december-1-2008/jon-stewart-touches-kids---plaxico-burress "Jon Stewart Touches Kids"]].
* PaintingTheMedium: When discussing ways to grab the attention of younger viewers, Demetri Martin [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-28-2008/trendspotting---youthquake created pictures, sparkle and rainbow effects, and a ticker with hand gestures]] while the person he was interviewing stared at him, confused.
* PaperThinDisguise: At first, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-2-2010/out---about-with-john---wyatt this video]] seems to be the first episode of a new segment focusing on small towns, however, as the video goes on, it becomes increasingly obvious that the whole thing is just John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac desperately trying to find a way to sneak into the Chelsea Clinton wedding.
* PassThePopcorn
* PerfumeCommercial
* {{Pirates}}: [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/a8xeww/the-buccaneer-stops-here "Yo ho ho, the piracy epidemic requires a long-term solution..."]]
* PetTheDog: In the height of his bad reputation, Jon Stewart, a Jew, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-18-2006/m--night-shyamalan gave one to Mel Gibson.]]
* {{Pixellation}}: Whenever someone makes a rude gesture, and everything Dick Cheney touches.
* ThePlan: Larry Whitmore speculates in the 4/28/10 show that Chairman Michael Steele is intentionally screwing up his job [[WildMassGuessing so that the Republican Party can show]] [[BarackObama that having a black man in charge never works.]]
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-28-2010/exclusive---ken-blackwell-extended-interview-pt--3 Ken Blackwell]] postulates (at 2:10) that this is the Obama administration's stance in terms of gun control - Yes, he passed the law allowing people to carry guns in national parks, but only because he's ''simultaneously'' putting in Judges that will overturn it!
* PornStash: John Oliver, with his life supposedly in danger, not only lists the location of the porn in every room he has, but also:
-->''In the bedroom you'll find a box marked porn...it's not porn, Jon, it's [[NoExceptYes erotica]]! It's my legacy! [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-10-2009/only-in-new-york----escaped-detainee That has to go to a library!]]''
* PrayerOfMalice: Back when [[Creator/StephenColbert Stephen]] and [[Creator/SteveCarell Steven]] were still on The Daily Show, an "Even Stevens" segment had them debating whether Islam or Christianity was the one true religion. Needless to say, prayers of "Smite mine enemy" were evoked on both sides.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** Done with beauty while commenting on [=CNBC=]'s having had a guest - Sir Allen Stanford - on the show who was being investigated on allegations of running a Ponzi scheme (arrested one month later) and they get to [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-march-4-2009/cnbc-financial-advice the final question...]] Cut to 7:50.
** Another example, in the unsubtly-subtle vein, occurred on [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-18-2009/daily-show--the-rogue-warrior 11-18-09]] segment about Sarah Palin's surge in popularity (accompanied by book-signing). Bernie Goldberg stated that "[Sarah has a son who] has Down's Syndrome. Liberals certainly don't - don't allow that to happen!" Cue a pause from Jon, who shuffles around some papers on the desk prior to holding them in front of his mouth and coughing "Go fuck yourself!"
*** Done in the same vein on [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-7-2008/mitt-drops-out 02-07-2008]] with perverse deliberation.
** Used against [[FoxNewsChannel Fox News]] on [[http://www.mediaite.com/online/jon-stewart-to-fox-news-go-f-yourselves/ April 15th, 2010]] (making it worse, the timing was ''right'' after one of them making a remark that having five kids and one of them having Down Syndrome was something that liberals "certainly don't allow to happen"). Fox's response was then analyzed, line-by-line, on the 20th, culminating in a [[ClusterFBomb cluster-GoFuckYourself-bomb]] set to music.
---> "I've said this before, and I'll say it again... [[PrecisionFStrike Go fuck yourself]]!"
** Done several times by John Oliver when discussing the 2010 World Cup.
* PreppyName: Stewart likes to make up names for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee that sound even ''more'' preppy than Willard "Mitt" Romney.
* PunBasedTitle: Many of the headline segments involve these, such as Mess O Potamia, Guantanamo Baywatch, and Exper-teasers.
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[[folder: Q - S]]
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: John Oliver finds one in Britain while [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-28-2011/royal-wedding-excitement-in-london covering the royal wedding.]]
-->'''John Oliver:''' You are the most English thing I have ever seen.
** Oliver himself is often portrayed as this, when he's not being portrayed as any number of other British stereotypes.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Dog on Fire" by Bob Mould, as covered by TheyMightBeGiants.
* RedOniBlueOni: The entire show these days is the Blue Oni to ''The Colbert Report's'' Red Oni, the ''Report'' being driven entirely by Stephen Colbert's egomaniacal LargeHam strawman, while ''Daily Show'' focuses more on Stewart being the OnlySaneMan SurroundedByIdiots.
* RedScare: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-7-2010/socialism-studies Teaching Mandarin in middleschool]] will taint the next generation with COMMUNISM!
* ReplacementScrappy: [[invoked]][[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-16-2013/the-daily-show-blackout John Oliver to Stephen]].
-->'''Stephen''': I hate you Oliver! You're not my real Jon!
* TheResenter: Every member of the supporting cast toward John Oliver when John got to be Jon Stewart's replacement.
* ResistanceIsFutile: After Jon Stewart laid the smackdown on Fox News with a [[ClusterFBomb Cluster go f*ck yourself]] (backed by a Gospel Choir) MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell came to the conclusion:
-->''"Do not pick a fight with Jon Stewart. Do not do it, you can not win."''
* RetroactiveWish: Jon after ''Crossfire'' got canceled: "''AccordingToJim'' is hurting America." It [[LongRunners took a while]], but his wish was finally granted in May of 2009.
* RidiculouslyLoudCommercial: The full episodes online have faint audio relative to most youtube and other online videos, requiring viewers to turn up their speaker volume. The ads, however, are so loud you have to turn your volume down almost all the way to keep them from blaring.
** The episodes posted on Hulu avert this, either because Hulu turns up the volume of the videos before posting them or because they just have quieter commercials. The ones posted on the show's official site are still too quiet with too-loud commercials, though.
* RousingSpeech: John Oliver's [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-20-2009/scamalot rousing defense of moats]] during the 2009 British [=MP=] expenses scandal (during which one [=MP=] was found to have used public funds to preserve the moat on his property) comes complete with LampshadeHanging:
-->'''Jon Stewart''': You're going ''Richard II'' on us?
-->'''John Oliver''': [[SoundEffectBleep F--k]] yeah, strap in!
* RuleOfFunny: In a spot mocking the NFL Referees' dispute, Jon and John Oliver (and Patrick Stewart) characterize it as a strike. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_NFL_referee_lockout It was actually a lockout]], but the joke wouldn't work that way.
* RuleThirtyFour:
** The Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation on a Betsy Ross carpet with the Magna Carta stroking its wax seal.
** Rudy Giuliani and 9 fucking 11 - [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-16-2007/fighting-rough literally]] (at 4:01). [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-16-2007/colbert-s-big-announcement Boy, you can put]] [[BowChickaWowWow porn music]] [[SoundtrackDissonance to ANYTHING.]]
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-13-2010/news-of-the-weird---mark-mcgwire--game-change---sarah-palin John Edwards' hair and Rod Blagojevich's hair.]] (at 2:47)
* RunningGag:
** The unfortunate subtitles given to certain segments. At one point it was [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-december-1-2008/jon-stewart-touches-kids---plaxico-burress "Jon Stewart Touches Kids"]], and on the June 21, 2009 broadcast, a segment was entitled [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-21-2009/jon-stewart-jizz-ams-in-front-of-children---cap-n-trade "Jon Stewart Jizz-ams in Front of Children"]]. Both of these gags fit well with the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-july-27-2006/10-f--king-years---nambla NAMBLA]] running gag.
*** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-16-2009/windowless-news-van-for-kids---the-ball The latest version]] of the one mentioned at the top: it goes from "Jon Stewart looks at children's things", over "Uncle Jon wants to show you something" to "Jon Stewart's Windowless News Van For Kids".
*** "[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-21-2010/daily-show--15080-pt--2 Jon Stewart Looks at Kids' Junk]]".
*** "Jon Stewart's Story Hole!"
*** "Jon Stewart's Complicated Gay Issues"
** In health segments: Jimmy Dean Blueberry Pancake and Sausage on a Stick.
*** Baconnaise! (and Lite Baconnaise!)
*** [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Jimmy Dean Blueberry Pancake and Sausage on a Stick dipped in Baconnaise]].
** Also, Jon Stewart unsuccessfully attempting to fist-bump Larry Wilmore at the end of Wilmore's segments, which they apparently resolved with a high-five.
** Jon plays a clip of some pop culture figure insulting someone, and then goes "Oh, snap!" and launches into a sequence of not especially funny "[[YourMom your mama]]" jokes.
** Alternately, the thuggish-Italian-New-Yorker-picking-a-fight voice (always adding "No disrespect" and "How you doin'?").
** Rod BLAGOJEVICH
** Whenever the audience boos someone Jon is talking about, he tries to claim that they weren't booing, they were saying [something that wouldn't even remotely sound like "BOO!"]
** "Keep fucking that chicken!"
** It used to be a running gag that Jon still had to night-manage a Bennigan's to supplement his income from the show.
** {{Lampshading}} the use of ChromaKey in the correspondents' "live reports."
** Jon really loves Goodfellas.
** Roll 212!
** "(insert name here) is right!", after a clip of a pundit or politician making some sort of hyperbolic statement. This usually prompts a sarcastic agreement from Jon.
*** A variation of this is when the name is switched with some outragously long description like: "That twit who's nearly run out of 24 hour networks to appear on is right!" when talking about Tucker Carlson or "That old man who's been in Washington for nearly forever is right!" when talking about [=John McCain=].
** Whenever Jon does an impression of either a famous person or a famous movie character, he claims that he's doing it to promote his "new one-man show" of that exact same impression.
** The 2010 World Cup coverage with John Oliver. Usually ending with Stewart making a humiliating observation - such as USA tying England in the group round due to an own-goal - and driving Oliver to respond "FUCK YOU JON! FUCK YOU SO VERY MUCH!"
** The *Insert T-Shirt logo here* shirt exchanges between Aasif Mandvi and Wyatt Cenac for the first time, then John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac for the final pair, which has (so far) only been done for 3 shows in a row. First it was "Team Mohammed" versus "Team Jesus" to settle the "coming religious war". Then "[[HanlonsRazor Team Stupid]]" versus "[[ObfuscatingStupidity Team Evil]]" when discussing "Fox and Friends" blatantly avoiding naming, or even picturing, the founder of The Kingdom Foundation, despite tying him to the "Ground-Zero Mosque" due to his 7% share in Fox's parent company [=NewsCorp=]. Finally "Team N-Word" versus "Team Retard" regarding which epithet was worse... apparently the word "retard" is trading for 11 N-words, and "kike" was up 3 1/4... not to mention a "nicer" way to say Jew.
*** They brought it back for the revolutions in the Middle East and who gets the credit for Egypt and Tunisia opting for a democracy: Team Bush (John Oliver), Team Obama (Olivia Munn), and Team Local Conditions (Aasif Mandvi).
*** It popped back up in the 2013 shutdown, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-7-2013/shutstorm-2013--america-sits-on-its-balls---web-site-down---team-nihilism-vs--team-incompetence when Samantha Bee and Jason Jones]] represented "[[IdiotBall Team Incompetence]]" or "[[StrawNihilist Team Nihilism]]" (read: Democrats vs Republicans), respectively.
** Mispronouncing the US president's name Bearick Obemuh.
** Another popular RunningGag is [[BlatantLies Jon throwing his coat and tie into the audience]]. ''*puts finger up to ear*'' I'm sorry, I'm being told that Jon putting his finger up to his head as if receiving a correction message on a headset is the actual gag.
** On [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-10-2011/indecision-2012---mercy-rule-edition the November 10, 2011 episode]], whenever Jon got stuck on a list of something, he finished with a government agency, usually the [=EPA=]. (The main highlight of the episode was Rick Perry's gaffe at the [=CNBC=] GOP Debate, where Perry stumbled on the 3rd government agency he would do away with as president.)
** He has started doing variants of spit-takes, saying he will watch the clip while doing various things, including, at one point, holding a kitten. Coal turns to diamonds, the kitten to glass, food is destroyed, pencils are broken...
** John making up names for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, ranging from 'Willard Mittnerd Romnerd" to "Willington Mittfor Romnefeller the Third."
** ...Two things.
** After New York City Mayor Bloomberg proposed a ban on large soft drinks, Jon mocked his logic on nearly every episode for weeks.
** As of 2013, blaming anything on the uber-prankster and Manti Te'o nemesis Ronaiah Tuiasasopo, even if it's probably not [[RhymesOnADime true-iasasopo]]. Lampshaded when Jon admits that he wanted to do the joke four days in a row, just to carry it through-iasasopo.
** Telling the audience to send complaints to/call Brian Williams.
** Chuck Hagel, whose last name Jon chokes on then pronounces as "Heyyy-gul" (usually only the first time it comes up during an episode).
** John Oliver, taking over during Jon's three-month hiatus, opens every episode with a different excuse for Jon's absence.
** Starting in 2013, there have been a lot of potshots leveled at Arby's for no particular reason in the middle of unrelated segments, with lines like "Arby's: Start a Fight With Your Digestive System." Lampshaded by Jon at one point when he admitted he has no idea why they keep making fun of Arby's, adding that they're perfectly nice people who make perfectly good food.
* SarcasmFailure:
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-august-4-2010/i-give-up---9-11-responders-bill Stewart's reaction]] to the Senate Republican filibuster blocking a bill to provide treatment to firefighters who suffered respiratory problems from working in the WTC ruins rescuing survivors (because it was funded by closing a tax loophole used to keep corporations from paying income taxes) is a particular example. Appropriately, it was even named "I give up".
--->'''Stewart:''' [[{{Angrish}} I mean, if they had... I don't even... Honestly, I just don't...]]
** On March 26, 2012, Stewart opened the show with two news items: Dick Cheney's heart transplant, and the Treyvon Martin shooting. Every time he'd try to lighten the mood with a heart transplant joke, he would fall flat over the seriousness of the shooting, until he finally gave up.
* SarcasmMode: Happens quite frequently, but particularly in the entirety of [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-february-25-2010/bipartisan-health-care-reform-summit-2010---government-unity this]] where Jon and John throw out completely hypothetical ideas of two government bodies discussing and voting on ideas inside buildings. ...Then again, what if both of those bodies are ''fucking idiots''?
* SassyBlackWoman: Jessica Williams.
* {{Satire}}: Of course. The type of satire depends on the subject: they tend towards the Juvenalian when discussing Fox News and most GOP politicians, and runs Horatian when covering Obama and certain other politicians. Note that the dividing line is not necessarily political; George W. Bush was typically covered in a Horatian fashion after the 2006 midterms, portraying him as a harmless bumbler of a president, while some Democrats have been treated quite harshly (for instance, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-august-1-2012/you--harry-reid--are-terrible unloading on Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid]] in August 2012).
* SchmuckBait: Jon's TakeThat segments. Don't try to [[TemptingFate answer back]] unless you're ''really'' sure you can win [[spoiler:([[FailureIsTheOnlyOption you can't]])]]. This fact is so well known by now that KeithOlbermann played with it a bit, teasing a typical LargeHam response for a whole episode before meekly agreeing with Jon's main point and apologizing.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In one skit, Stewart was mocking a (defeated) bill that would've said, "Life begins at conception." He then monologues to himself about a screenplay idea involving the killer being a woman's unborn baby. The camera then pulls away like they're going to commercial, leaving Stewart confused and {{Corpsing}}, and [[DiscussedTrope quoting the trope]] by name ([[PrecisionFStrike mostly]]):
-->'''Stewart''': You known it's bad when ''the camera guy'' goes, "Fuck this! I'm outta here!"
* SelfDemonstratingArticle: When Jon plays a clip of George Carlin's famous "The Seven Words That You Can't Say On TV," the entire clip is bleeped out. [[CaptainObvious You can't say those words on TV, you see.]]
* SelfDeprecation:
** Jon, at both himself and the show. He even gave kudos to a man with a very unfortunate name for putting up with "this juvenile bullshit."
** Sometimes, when they point out someone being a {{hypocrite}}, they'll say it's like a program that airs four nights a week calling itself ''The Daily Show''.
** On the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-25-2013/the-more-you-molpus 2/25/2013 episode]], Jon apologized for using former Mississippi Secretary of State Dick Molpus, a longtime advocate for civil rights, as a scapegoat for bigoted behavior, basically ripping himself apart.
-->'''Jon''': We went with (randomly slamming a dude because he had a funny name) mainly because I am a twelve-year-old boy trapped in a 75-year-old man's body.
* SeriousBusiness: Pizza in New York, as Jon demonstrates [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-1-2011/me-lover-s-pizza-with-crazy-broad while chewing Donald Trump out]] for taking UsefulNotes/SarahPalin to a pizza chain and [[BerserkButton eating his pizza with a fork]]. Then New York's own mayor Di Blasio was seen doing the same, and Jon humourously had to try to hold in his contempt.
* ShoehornedFirstLetter: On one [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-25-2007/alphabet toss]] to ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Jon Stewart made fun of Creator/StephenColbert for playing the letter "Z" on ''SesameStreet: All-Star Alphabet'', leading to this exchange:
--> '''Stephen:''' Yeah, you know what "z" stands for, Jon: ''[[{{Revenge}} zrevenge]]''!
--> '''Jon:''' See you in a minute, Stephen!
--> '''Stephen:''' ''I will have my zvengeance!''
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle: Many of the guests' books.
* ShownTheirWork: Jon's interviews. Especially the authors - Jon reads every book plugged on his show cover-to-cover, and it shows.
** A particularly hilarious example when Herman Cain closed his campaign for the GOP Presidency by quoting the [[Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}} second Pokemon movie.]] His response is to make fun of this with his ''own'' flurry of particularly accurate Pokemon references.
-->'''Jon:''' Look it up, bitches. Look it up.
* ShoutOut: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-4-2010/the-best-f--king-news-team-ever---tiger-woods--faith A truly hilarious one.]] [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Five words:]] [[spoiler: John Oliver as a [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'vi]].]]
** Jon's impression of Dick Cheney depicts him as Burgess Meredith's version of [[Series/{{Batman}} The Penguin]].
** John Hodgman is perhaps best known as the PC in Apple's ''"Mac vs. PC"'' ad campaign. Jon Stewart forces him [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-19-2006/net-neutrality-act to admit this during the show]].
** ''Possibly'' "[Give the banks bailout money or] everything you love and hold dear will become [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Tang]]."
** Jon admitted in his interview with RachelMaddow that his famous labelling during the rally of cable news as "the 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator" was a reference to ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
** "Why is Jon Stewart's [[BeardOfEvil evil]] cousin [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] hosting the show?"
** "[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-14-2011/indecision-2012---saturday-right-fever The subject was foreign policy]], and all the candidates seem to agree: America needs to start [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} kicking the world's ass]] [[MemeticMutation and taking some funny-sounding names]]."
** "To be fair to Herman Cain, we can't all be as wise [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} as Slowking wearing the Shellder of knowledge]]. The Shellder of knowledge; look it up!" The culmination of a lengthy discussion on why Herman Cain picked the wrong ''Pokémon'' film quote to use to close his campaign.
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/collection/421106/democalypse-2012/419418 On Romney leading up to the election:]] "It's like he's Charlie from ''FlowersForAlgernon'' and the serum is wearing off."
** Many of the leading news stories are puns on popular movies, TV shows, games, and events, usually with original artwork modified for the new title. These used to elicit huge cheers from the crowd, prompting Jon to comment about how they put so much work into the show and the bad ShoutOut pun is what gets all the applause.
** The 2/28/13 segment covering House Speaker John Boehner's use of the word "ass" was titled "[[Franchise/MassEffect Ass Effect]]", complete with an altered version of the ''Mass Effect'' logo.
** In the high-pitched voice of his ''"Helloooo!!"'' Queen Elizabeth II impression, Jon continues, "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus There's a penguin on the television set!]]"
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "Here it is, your moment of zen."
* SkywardScream: A failed attempt can be seen [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/s121fb/9-11-earwig here]].
** Played straight [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-2-2009/cpac-after-party here.]] [[TheKhan "KROOOOOOOOOHHHHHHNNNNNNNN!"]]
** [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/jhnzbw/intro---justin-bieber-and-jon-switch-bodies BEEEBEERRRRRR!!]]
** Going back to the original instance of it on the show...he got in a proper [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-february-10-2004/the-wrath-of-khan KHAAAAAAN]].
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: North Carolina GOP Precinct captain Don Yelton, who was being interviewed by Aasif Mandvi about the states voter ID laws, used this defense to say he wasn't racist (Specifically saying some of his friends are black), despite also talking about, in his words, "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything." Unsurprisingly, [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/lazy-blacks-daily-show_n_4159210.html he resigned the next day]] (There's a video of the interview in the link).
* SophisticatedAsHell: John Oliver. A nod must be given to Toppington Von Monocle, who quoted [[http://www.vroma.org/~hwalker/VRomaCatullus/016x.html Catullus 16]] to disprove the notion that the Daily Show audience is uncouth.
** This is also the effect of those times when they forgo the elaborate joke and just insult someone, such as the long campaign of describing Robert Novak as a "douchebag" (culminating in an attempt to "bury the hatchet" wherein Jon earnestly explained, "I only ever said those things to you because I sincerely believe... that you are a terrible person") or "In Dick Morris's defense, he ''is'' a lying sack of shit." And of course the "go fuck yourself" choir.
* SpitTake:
** Both used straight and spoofed regularly. [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/96ud0c/changing-of-the-garb Here's]] an example.
** Subverted [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-13-2010/news-of-the-weird---mark-mcgwire--game-change---sarah-palin here]] (about 3:05 in) when Jon obviously sets himself up for a spit-take...and then nonchalantly keeps on drinking from his mug.
** Once it seemed like he was going to do one, but instead he bit into the cup.
** [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/fyu9wm/the-bad-news-mayor It occurs on May 1, 2014 when talking about Rob Ford]]. He starts drinking from his mug, and when he learns that Ford's back in the news for smoking crack... he just finishes his drink, and right afterwards points out as much. He then learns that Ford is going into rehab, and does a spit take proper. When he learns that Ford is still planning on running for mayor despite those events, he picks up the cup and does another spit take.
* SpoofedWithTheirOwnWords: It does this all the time. Interviewing Jon Stewart, RachelMaddow even claimed to see little difference between his method of parodying events and her own of humorously reporting on them.
* SpringtimeForHitler: An interesting interpretation by John Oliver of the 2012 elections: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-8-2012/losing-the-election "The president f***ed up."]]
* {{Squee}}: After showing [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-1-2010/q---o President Obama having a candid talk at a GOP conference]], and President Obama completely blowing away every one of their talking points, Jon Squeed.
--> (In high pitched voice) "...Holy S** t! They're gonna air this!? This is gonna be awesome!"
** You can literally hear the female section of the studio audience squeeing in the 4/26/10 show when [[FetishFuel Jason Jones swaggers on set holding an assault rifle.]]
** And of course, the time they had RobertPattinson on, and the entire audience was made up of teenage girls.
* {{Squick}}: Invoked with Ed Helms getting a mole on his nose removed. You can hear the audience groaning as it happens. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-13-2002/touched-by-a-scalpel]]
* StacysMom: Made fun of in their sketch about [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-july-17-2008/cougars "cougars"]].
* TheStoic: Of all the possible people, Colbert had a moment of this during the 2008 elections. When Obama locked up California and, thus, the elections, the entire crew started freaking out and wondering what the post-Bush world must be like. So, they head outside and start gushing over the fact that the sun is shining, children are at play, etc. Meanwhile, Colbert just stands there, and firmly reminds them that Bush is still president for two more months, killing the mood of the others.
* StraightMan: Stewart to the correspondents. Upon John Oliver' ascension to temporary host, he has taken on playing the StraightMan to the other correspondents.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: Invoked intentionally during one of Stewart's Glenn Beck impersonations.
--->"Strawman slippery slope dumb guy may have a point."
* StuffedIntoALocker: John Oliver, [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/8ymspt/sidwell-friends-quad reporting live from inside Malia Obama's locker]].
* StylisticSuck: On March 6, 2013, in response to [=Neil deGrasse Tyson=] having pointed out that the globe in the opening spins the wrong way, an alternate opening was recorded. With a single camera, a man is recorded spinning an off-the-shelf globe, the camera pans to the street (for the "New York" part), and then zooms into a ''Daily Show'' coffee mug for the logo.
* TheSwearJar: An "[[BarackObama Obama]] [[OsamaBinLaden Osama]] Flub Jar".

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* TakeThat: Several times over, typically directed at various news networks for failing in the investigative portion of "investigative reporting." Among them are FoxNewsChannel (typical fodder for the show), followed by [=CNBC=] (over bad financial advice), and Creator/{{CNN}}, for "Leaving it there".
** Jon's [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-5-2009/the-11-3-project deconstruction of Glenn Beck]] was absolutely hilarious.
*** And then [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-18-2010/intro---progressivism-is-cancer he did it]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-18-2010/conservative-libertarian again]].
*** And once more, in the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-18-2010/george-soros-plans-to-overthrow-america November]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-18-2010/the-manchurian-lunatic 18th, 2010]] episode. He does NOT like Glenn Beck.
*** He geared up for it [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-december-1-2010/the-food--the-bad-and-the-ugly in December 2010]]... then said "Ah fuck it. It's not worth it anymore."
*** In what may be the farewell for such segments, on [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-7-2011/intro---jon-tells-the-truth-while-wearing-glasses April 7, 2011,]] he did one more, a tour de force that took it over the top and then below the bottom and then over the top again just for good measure, in honor of Glenn Beck's contract not being renewed.
** An older TakeThat at CNN for letting someone go by without calling them on a completely [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-26-2005/fill-in-the-blank BS claim]].
** The [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-21-2010/special-comment---keith-olbermann-s-name-calling deconstruction of Keith Olbermann]] was choice as well.
--->And no, this teleprompter is not stuck!
** A more playful TakeThat was when former-correspondent Creator/SteveCarell was a guest. Their opening clip was not of Steve Carell in his new movie, but of other-former-correspondent Creator/EdHelms in ''Film/TheHangover''.
** Jon's TakeThat against Bernie Goldberg was genius. [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-20-2010/bernie-goldberg-fires-back It is quite possibly the best and most hilarious use of a Baptist choir in recent memory.]]
** After the Haiti earthquake, he finds out that Rush Limbaugh believes Obama will use the humanitarian efforts as a publicity stunt to gain minority votes. Stewart's response: "Hey, I think I know the cause of your heart trouble--''you don't have one.''"
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-2-2011/conservative-minorities-vs--liberal-minorities This]] is a huge TakeThat against Donald Trump and Ann Coulter proclaiming racism on the left.
** [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-july-15-2013/acquitted-development The first part of the July 15, 2013 episode]] consists largely of an infuriated TakeThat against Florida's legal system and the state itself over the results of the George Zimmerman murder trial.
** The first two segments of September 17, 2013 were vicious attacks first on the rush to getting something out on the Naval Yard shooting, then a direct and armor-smashing attack on [=CNN=] for reporting every possible detail, theories on false or faulty ''assumptions'', and all around shitty journalism. And then tops it off if there is one thing they should know how to do by now, is how to comport themselves during tragedies, since there have been so many the past few years but they don't seem to remember their previous failures.
* TemptingFate: A favorite of the show during the first segment. Usually used to show the hypocrisy of news programs (most often FOX News), where Jon will show a video, then say something along the lines of "next thing you know, they'll say..." and sure enough, another video rolls showing them saying that.
** A Memorable "Take That" was aimed towards the inventors and the people behind the SOPA/PIPA (ACTA) bill. The day when all the rebellion and internet shutdowns happened he went wild, taking down the supporters of the bill, the people who don't support the bill and "every other person who's for this ever"...and even Wikipedia for taking its stand against it.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] on the June 16th episode, when he shows a clip of a FOX News anchor blasting Obama for asking people to pray to God in a speech even though he doesn't regularly go to church. Jon comments along the lines of "wouldn't it be hilarious if they had previously begged him to show his religious side and tell people to pray?". Immediately afterwards he says, completely [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan]] "cue FOX News clip from the day before the speech" showing just what he wanted.
** Anyone notice that every time the show goes on hiatus, even CRAZIER crap happens? When Jon and the crew come back from vacation, they've got twelve different scandals or disasters to cover. It's as though, "hey let's take a break here while nobody's doing anything! So here we are in sunny Hawaii and... what's that on CNN?... holy shit, the Vice President shot someone in the face!"
*** Some might even think that those in the scandals do it on purpose, knowing that Jon and his crew would be more damaging to them then the "actual" journalists.
*** In late 2007, they went off the air on a Thursday. The following Monday embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suddenly resigned, and the day after ''that'' the [[GayBarReveal Larry Craig scandal]] broke.
---->'''Jon''': [[BlatantLies Thank God we didn't miss any inherently funny scandals!]]
*** And again, during the Egyptian uprising of February 2011 the show was on hiatus ''again''. By the time Jon and crew made it back, the protesters had gotten the military to throw out Mubarak. And left Aasif Mandvi complaining about missing out on all the love reporters were getting from the protesters after the overthrow.
*** During a weeklong hiatus in March 2011 Japan got hit by the earthquake and the tsunami, Middle Eastern leaders opened fire on their own people, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Knut the polar bear died]] and the US militarily enforced the no fly zone in Libya.
---->'''Jon''': When we left the world's two biggest trouble spots were Wisconsin and the set of ''TwoAndAHalfMen''. And then suddenly ALL HOLY HELL BREAKS LOOSE! I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO LOOK AT!
*** Jon went on hiatus in June 2013, with John Oliver serving as replacement host. Not one day passed before the NSA whistleblowing story came to light. John addressed it in his opening segment.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Jon says this in the Sept 26 2013 episode after saying "let's forget about the Holocaust" (as in "let's move on to another subject").
* TheGlassesComeOff: In this [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-21-2010/special-comment---keith-olbermann-s-name-calling segment]] he takes off and puts on various pairs of glasses while making his dramatic speech.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: In October 7, 2008, while analyzing the "stupid" vote, John Oliver broke it down into twelve sections: paste eaters, numbskulls, nitwits, fucktards, people whose hands get stuck in pickle jars when they eat pickles, people who lose arguments to babies, douchenozzles, tiger petters, people who jump up and down on frozen lakes, shaved gorillas who've somehow managed to acquire a driver's license, the voluntarily lobotomized, and [[TakeThat Cubs fans]].
** In their commentaries on the television news media, they'll often show the news media's hive-mind collective latches onto a particular key-word or -phrase and repeats it incessantly by means of a montage. They'll show sometimes upward of a dozen clips of different news anchors, reporters, and pundits repeating the same catch-phrase about an item, then end it with one of the talking heads (usually a Fox News pundit) saying something ... really bizarre, though still on-topic.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-15-2008/satire-on-the-street Think again, bitch!]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: "Ohh, this one's gonna get you upset..."
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: Done, amazingly, without actual time travel, when [[Creator/StephenColbert Stephen]] hijacked one of the "And on tonight's ''Series/TheColbertReport''" segments.
-->'''Jon''': [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-3-2009/daily-colbert---reverse-toss You're hurting my brain, Stephen.]]
* {{Tontine}}: In one segment, John Hodgman suggests fixing the national debt by making Social Security into a tontine. And making murder legal.
* TotallyRadical: Spoofed in a segment about the rush by politicians and the media to embrace {{Twitter}}, Samantha Bee gave a report which included the following exchange:
--> '''Samantha Bee''': Man, this stuff is wizard!
--> '''Jon Stewart''': Is that a new word for "good"?
--> '''Samantha Bee''': Probably.
* TrainingMontage: John Oliver performs one of these ''Film/{{Rocky}}''-style to "get in shape" for being [[FootballHooligans a drunken, violent lout]] during the 2010 World Cup.
* TranquilFury: Jon's evisceration of ''Crossfire''.
** Also, much of his talk on the Zadroga Bill, which would give health relief to 9/11 first responders, constantly being blocked for petty reasons.
* {{Troperiffic}}
* {{Troll}}: Aasif Mandi takes this to an ''art form'' with his interviews, slowly unrolling all the rope his subject needs to hang themselves.
* UnfazedEveryman: During an interview with a Russian protestor, [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-24-2014/jason-jones-live-from-sochi-ish---no-safety-nyet the mikes cut out]], and the man nonchalantly says that [[BigBrotherIsWatching the bugs in his office were probably responsible]].
* UnfortunateNames: ''Every soldier'' in the [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-3-2008/britain-s-fallen-soldiers Britain's Fallen Soldiers]] skit.
* VerbalTic: Cock. ''Caaaaaaaaahhhhhhhk...''
* VitriolicBestBuds: With [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]].
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* WalkingWasteland:
** The running joke about Dick Cheney. Did you know that anything he touches becomes pixelated? Except plants, which die three days later?
** When Cheney had a heart transplant, Stewart did an intro in which he thanked the gods of comedy for the setup... except that it coincided with the Treyvon Martin shooting and he [[SarcasmFailure couldn't keep up the gag]].
* WaxOnWaxOff: Referred to literally. First, chase a chicken. Then, use chicken to wax a (read: Colbert's) car. Then, turn chicken into Chick-Fil-A sandwich.
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-march-8-2012/the-socialist-network The Socialist Network]].
* WhenIWasYourAge: Happens briefly in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-may-3-2005/colbert---sign-of-the-crimes this]] segment. Creator/StephenColbert tries to outdo an interviewee's impoverished upbringing with "[[AlienGeometries Did you have floors?]]"
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: ''"Yo, white dude runs for President like this..."''
* WhoWritesThisCrap: [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-february-2-2010/story-hole---children-s-cartoons-from-hamas Right here.]]
--> '''Jon Stewart''': In a segment we like to call "Jon Stewart's Story Hole". Remember, it's our little secr-who wrote this?
** Jon's also a good enough sport to admit this about ''[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-29-2009/for-fox-sake- himself]]''.
---> '''Jon''': *chuckles* I'm a bad writer.
* WorstNewsJudgementEver: Mentioned [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-7-2003/headlines---teutonic-plague here]].
** Done again, along with a subtle [[WhatTheHellHero What the hell, news!?]] [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-25-2011/indianapolis-homeless-talent-show here]], where John can be seen literally ''pleading'' that the interviewer realizes just how idiotic the piece is, and cut it short. No points for guessing what happens.
*** And to elaborate a bit - the local news program [[FollowTheLeader tries to find their own "man with the golden voice", a homeless man that sounded strikingly like a DJ]]. They then went into the streets of Indianapolis to see what talents their local homeless might have. It starts off with the interviewer asking a homeless woman if she's "heard about the homeless man who had the golden voice?" on Website/YouTube[[note]]Because the homeless have internet access, right?[[/note]]... and gets worse from there.
** After the Christmas break of 2012/2013, a lot of things happened in the weeks missed by the show. The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and how to deal with it, the US fiscal cliff problems, the shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school, major cabinet reassignments with "inverted political stances" (such as GOP members complaining about a Democrat being anti-gay), leaving Jon to wonder what to start the show with. He then decides on Gerard Depardieu moving from France to Russia.
** Jon rips into the CNN morning show "Early Start" [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-january-10-2012/waking-bad here]] because they cold-called Caroline Kennedy ''at 5 AM'' and then proceeded to ask her ''about her father's assassination.''

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[[folder: Y - Z]]
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Jon's been known to pepper his lines with Yiddish, and (as part of Jon's grant of NWordPrivileges), so do some of the correspondents.
** Also, note this exchange between him and Brian Williams:
---> '''Stewart:''' What's with the Yiddish tonight? What's with the -- "shmaltzy", and the "just gave me a little schpilkis, but" -- "I took my punim over there", bing bang boom -- \\
'''Williams:''' Joey Bishop, ladies and gentlemen.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Jon's response to [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Dana Perino]], a commentator on FoxNews, when she criticized [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-august-4-2010/i-give-up---9-11-responders-bill Anthony Weiner's tirade]] over the 9/11 healthcare bill.
-->'''Dana Perino''': I don't know all the particulars of the bill, *stammers* the point of it... I have no idea what Anthony Weiner's even talking about! He's just screaming and it is ''such'' a turn-off.
-->'''Jon Stewart''': Is it? Is it a turn-off? Is that from your ''Playboy'' profile? "My turn-offs include Weiner screaming, and in any way [[TakeThat justifying my being treated as an expert]]"?!
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Jason Jones asks if the (bigoted) local leader of and ''Americans Against Hate'' chapter knew what "against" meant. Said leader had passed out pamphlets to not officially allow a Muslim-American into the party.
* ZombieApocalypse: in 2029, of the ThoseWackyNazis variety. It's at about 7:30 [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-november-10-2009/legends-of-the-wall here]].
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--> Now here it is, your moment of zen:

--> '''Waldorf''': Hey, do you think we could get on this show?
--> '''Statler''': Hm. They only let Muppets on if they're in Guantanamo Bay... or Republicans!
--> '''Waldorf''': Uh... well, [[TakeThat I best start packing for Cuba then]]!
--> '''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Both]]''': [[MemeticMutation Doh-ho-ho-ho-ho!]]
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