YMMV: The Daily Show

  • Acceptable Targets: Pretty much everyone, but especially other news sources like FOX News (due to their habit of telling Blatant Lies and causing hysteria) or CNN (for just being so darn awful and hyping everything they cover as news of the century).
  • Awesome Music: Done for comedy in the "Tiger Woods Newzak" segment on 12/2/09 certainly qualifies for setting the questions to an elevator-music version of Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Base Breaker: Jessica Williams. Depending on who you ask she's either a brutally honest, hilarious Ensemble Darkhorse or an annoying Soapbox Sadie Scrappy who drags down the show every time she appears.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: On February 24, 2014, Larry Wilmore retorted Andrew Napolitano's assertion that if Abraham Lincoln left the southern slave-holding states alone, then slavery would have died from natural causes and The American Civil War would have been averted, by saying "The South was so committed to slavery Lincoln didn't die from natural causes!"
    • Basically every one of Lewis Black's appearances has a rant that edges on this trope. Of course that's to be expected from Black.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Some people thought that the joke of the other correspondents hating on John Oliver's tenure as show host in-universe wore thin when it was brought up again in the episode before he relinquished control back to Jon, mostly due to just how well he surpassed expectations.
  • Ear Worm: "Stay, Mr. Hannity, staaaay..."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Stoned slackers, appropriated from Bill O'Reilly.
  • Foe Yay: If him and Bill O'Reilly aren't this...
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Saying that Bob Novak contains "the cure for the cure for cancer", only for it to be revealed a week later that the man had brain cancer, could not have been what Jon Stewart intended. In addition, later in the segment, he says that Novak is having an "end of life crisis". Novak died a year later from the aforementioned brain tumor.
    • Sending Jason Jones to Iran just before the 2009 elections for interviews that would air the week after led to some last-minute editing workarounds when they couldn't not air the material, but the prominent opposition supporters they had interviewed in typical Daily Show style had since been rounded up by the government. And Maziyar Bahari actually had the footage used against him while he was in prison.
    • This prelude to the 2000 election.
    • Back when Jon was still young and innocent, on the first day after a break, Stewart ran a story about financial troubles, and when he saw Bush's... Bush-like commentary on the subject, his response was a cheerful "we're doomed!" He then went on to do a story about oil dependency and alternative energy. The date? September 10, 2001. The show's break would be extended a bit.
    • February 17, 2011 Aasif Mandvi makes up the fake "Qu'osby Show" to help people adjust to Muslims like the Cosby Show supposedly did for African Americans, and his "test audience" (who thought they were watching a real show) insisted that the family was too normal and needed "a terrorist uncle in the basement" or were "secretly very jihad" to seem like they were really Muslims to viewers. Cut to December 13 and the show All American Muslim is getting flak for showing Muslims as "normal people" and not focusing on the more extremist parts of the religion.
  • Genius Bonus: When covering Dov Hikind's Purim blackface scandal, correspondent Jessica Williams goes into a long tirade about the "War on Purim" and references obscure Jewish traditions. Throughout the segment, Jon actually struggles to keep a straight face.
    Jon: Somewhere, there is a rabbinical college laughing their asses off at this. Meanwhile, we got an audience of Lutherans going, "I don't know, I thought he was gonna talk about the sequester."
    • At the start of the "Go Fuck Yourself, Bernie Goldberg" segment, a man named Toppington Von Monocle protests Goldberg's assertion that Jon's audience is unsophisticated by quoting Catullus 16. The line he uses (I will sodomize and face-fuck you) sounds so over-the-top that one assumes that Jon and his writers made it up, but no, that's what it actually means.
  • Growing the Beard / My Real Daddy: Jon Stewart is generally credited with turning the show from a light parody of local news to a deep and incisive political satire.
    • If there was ever any doubt that Jon is America's best newsman, remember the 9/11 responders bill? As it turns out, Jon's rage over the fact that the bill had not been passed was credited as being instrumental in the bills ressurection and passing into law.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • "Indecision 2000" started as a funny play on words, then got funnier when it turned out to be the perfect title for that particular election.
    • With the underwear bombing, there was this.
    • There's also a segment from a 1991 HBO comedy special with Jon Stewart talking about the first Gulf War and complaining about how short it was when the pundits were fearing it would become 'a second Vietnam'. Twelve years later...
    • Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, talks about the coming of a left-wing protest group at 06:50 in this clip. A month or two later...
    • Many were surprised that Three 6 Mafia's "It's Hard Out There for a Pimp" from Hustle And Flow beat Dolly Parton's "Travelin' Through" from Transamerica as Best Original Song at the 2006 Academy Awards. This led Jon to note that Three 6 Mafia had won an award Martin Scorsese had not won. A year later, Scorsese would finally receive an Academy Award as Best Director for The Departed.
    • After the first Presidential debate between a dagger staring Mitt Romney and an Obama cardboard cutout, Jon showed various liberal pundits attempting to play "Polish that turd", attempting to make Obama's performance look better or excuse it. Then, fast forward about thirty minutes, Stephen Colbert proceeds to do THE. EXACT. SAME. THING.
    • In a 2000 show intro, Stewart jokes that marathons are a lot like elections in that they're always won by a Kenyan or a Moroccan.
    • The day after Anthony Wiener resigned, Jon Stewart made a joke saying he was also and leaving the show for John Oliver to host. Cut to Oliver sitting at Stewart's desk, before Jon runs up saying he's not actually leaving, and that he would not let Oliver host because something bad would happen. Years later, not only does Oliver guest host the show while Stewart is out of the country making a documentary (during which time Weiner's goings-on come right back into the spotlight), but, as he predicted, the studio had a black-out during the run.
    • Vladimir Putin first came to The Daily Show's attention in 1999 when he became Boris Yeltsin's new prime minister, a position which had a High Turnover Rate. Jon joked that Putin's political career was already over.
    • During the 2008 Democratic national convention, The Daily Show played a satirical biographical film about then-nominee Barack Obama called "Barack Obama: He Completes Us", which extensively parodied The Lion King. In the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner, now-President Obama trolled Fox News and the birthers, particularly Donald Trump, by playing footage of what he claimed was from his birth, before revealing it was really the opening of The Lion King.
    • When original host Craig Kilborn interviewed Jon Stewart (back when he was just a guest), Jon makes a comment halfway through about "The Daily Show" discussing political issues. Craig seems amused by the idea.....
  • Ho Yay: Played for humor many times, especially between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
    • Jon and Stephen seem to actively encourage it.
    • Not to mention Jon and Steve Carrell
      Steve: I missed you!
      Jon: I missed you!
      Audience: Aww
      Jon: Talk about a third wheel.
    • Jon and Brian Williams in any of their interviews.
    • Jon talking to his latest Emmy
      Emmy: I should have slept with Colbert when I had the chance.
      Jon: I beat you to that too, huh?
    • And so, so much between Jon and Brian Williams.
    • And between Jon and Ricky Gervais.
    • There was also the moment in the introduction to the 2006 Oscars ceremony where Jon wakes up in bed next to George Clooney and does a happy dance when George tells him it's not a dream.
    • "If I believed everything you said when you were drunk I'd be Mrs. Denis Leary by now!"
    • Early on, there was that bit with Mike Myers.
    • On August 17, 2011, there was Ho Yay between John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The host of the show is Jon Stewart, not Jon Daily. Jon has on occasion referred to himself as that, though—once when he made a "mistake" and chastised himself verbally, referring to himself as Jon Daly as he did so.
    Wikipedia: Earth (The Book) is a 2010 humor parody satire book written by the authors of the popular television program The John Daly Show
  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: Several reviewers have criticized Stewart for his reliance on a double standard: he can satirize political and religious figures, but when they attack his arguments, he counters that his show is supposed to be a joke.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Roll 212!"
    • This bit, thanks to the 2011 State of the Union address:
    (shows clip of Kathy Proctor looking to the side and pointing to herself proudly)
    Jon: What the—no! No! Kathy Proctor, you are not [insert relevant activity here]!
  • Misaimed Fandom: Quite a few people get their news from the show, much to the chagrin of the producers. Jon Stewart even recorded a promo once yelling for those people to stop. However, he's seemed to embrace his position as the voice of reason in the news world.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • In one episode, Aasif Mandvi covered the Iowa Straw Poll, where they were serving battered and deep-fried sticks of butter. Aasif one-upped them by eating an uncooked stick of butter dipped in mayonnaise.
    • In another, Jon had a blueberry pancake and sausage (onna stick) dipped in bacon-flavoured mayo.
    "I think my tongue just took a shit."
  • Nightmare Fuel/Paranoia Fuel: During his interview with Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, Ronson revealed that one psycho (and psychos in general) really want people to like them because, "you can manipulate them to do whatever you want them to". He also showed that psychologists believe 1 in 100 people are psychopathic.
  • Older Than They Think: The Indecision (year) titles for elections actually predates the show, going back to the Comedy Central coverage of the 1992 election, hosted by Al Franken and Arianna Huffington.
  • Once Acceptable Targets: Subverted. Jon Stewart (a Jew) gives all his correspondents passes to make as many Jew jokes as they please.
  • Replacement Scrappy: John Oliver's character seems to view himself as such, as do the other correspondents' characters. In real life, his guest-hosting was actually looked upon quite favorably—see Ensemble Darkhorse.
    • Trevor Noah is already receiving this reaction upon being chosen as Jon's successor in March 2015. The problem being that A. he's a very new correspondent who's been chosen over all the other, longer serving ones (partly because a lot of them have left the show), B. some finding his humor to be a little too reliant on race jokes, and C. some people just thinking he's not that funny, or at least not funny enough to succeed Jon.
  • Special Effects Failure: The chroma key backgrounds constantly fail. The correspondents hang lampshades on them at every possible opportunity. Stephen Colbert is the best at this.
    • During one particular Chroma Key segment, Michael Steele, seen here telling a waiter there is a fly in his soup, leaves his night time barbecue to answer the door. It then shows an actual Michael Steele clip, happening at day. When Steele returns, Jon asks why it took him an entire day to answer the door.
  • Squick: During the fake press conference after the Anthony Weiner resignation, Jon cuts himself while making a frozen daiquiri. He tries to turn off the blender by pounding the buttons with the side of his hand... while still holding the glass in that hand. For a brief moment when he lifts his injured hand, you can see the glass sticking out of the fresh gash in his hand.
    Jon: (examining bleeding hand) That's not good...
  • Tough Act to Follow: Trevor Noah's fighting an uphill battle to be considered anywhere near on the same level of Jon, especially given how long Jon served as the host.
  • Vindicated by History: Charlton Heston's speech at the NRA conference, which occurred shortly after the Columbine shootings was given poignant context and praised in light of the "Ground Zero Mosque" debate in 2010.