Trivia: The Daily Show

  • The Cast Showoff: Somehow, even this show can do that. The 6 October 2009 episode features Larry Wilmore doing some pretty awesome (if fairly standard) card tricks while discussing how to play the race card. Who knew he was a magician?
    • Which means...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...by playing the race card.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Even Jon doesn't get it right all the time, such as his interview with David Barton about Barton's book on Thomas Jefferson being a strong Christian. Despite the Jefferson Bible being the one where all supernatural elements are removed, Jon never calls Barton out for blatant lying.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Walter George Alton, who played Puma Man (or was it "Pyewma Man"?), has since become an attorney, appearing in a 2005 segment about anti-lawyer activists.
  • Name's the Same: Don't confuse the host, Jon Stewart, with the Justice League character John Stewart. Believe it or not, Green Lantern: The Animated Series actually managed to get a joke in about this, as John Stewart in this continuity goes on to be the replacement for Guy Gardner.
    • Or the late folk singer John Stewart.
    • Or the Carolina Panthers running back Johnathan Stewart
    • Jon is the host of the show. John, on the other hand, is the British correspondent (and occasional host). Close enough. People sometimes misspell their names, which can cause some confusion.
  • Recycled Set: When Stewart made his debut, the set was exactly the same as the one Kilborn used at the end of his run as host. Averted with Trevor Noah's run, which features a new set and all new graphics and logos.
  • Romance on the Set: Samantha Bee and Jason Jones are married.
  • Star-Making Role: For Jon Stewart himself, in the wake of Indecision 2000 and later 9/11, as well as John Oliver, Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Lewis Black... But perhaps for nobody as much as one Stephen Colbert, who helmed the absurdly successful spinoff The Colbert Report from 2005 — 2014 and ultimately took over for David Letterman on CBS.
  • The Pete Best: Remember when Craig Kilborn was the host? Yeah, me neither.
  • The Show Must Go On: Jon cuts his hand against glass, causing notable bleeding and ultimately requiring stitches? No reason to stop the sketch!
  • Throw It In: Most of the time, if Jon starts laughing, the segment just keeps going. Some guests (and even other reporters) go out of their way to force a laugh out of him.
    • John Oliver tripped and broke his nose while on a field report. They called back to the office and were asked, "Did you get it on camera? Good. Was it funny?"
  • What Could Have Been: Amy Poehler and Chris Rock were both considered as replacements for Jon Stewart.