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Tear Jerker / The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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This is the page for tearjerking moments from Jon Stewart's run. For examples from Trevor Noah's run, please see here.

In general:

  • In general, all versions of the I Give Up segment. While Jon does his best to be funny, its really horrifyingly depressing to watch at times.

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  • December 13, 2005: The Moment of Zen for Billy Clarey, a Daily Show employee who was a victim of suicide.



  • February 3, 2014: The Moment of Zen in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • December 3, 2014: After the Eric Garner case, where the cop who strangled Garner in New York City was let free with no charges, just a little bit after a grand jury found Officer Darren Wilson innocent of murder charges after his controversial shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Jon Stewart is so upset and frustrated by the case and how far our society hasn't gone.
    Jon: If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more time. But really, I could do with less fucking tragedy.

  • February 10, 2015: Jon announces that he'll retire from hosting The Daily Show by the end of the year.
    • And by "the end of the year", he meant by August.
  • March 9, 2015: Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis visits the Daily Show and retells his story of the Selma March.
  • April 30, 2015: Samantha Bee, the longest-serving cast member, visibly tears up during her sendoff.
  • June 18, 2015: Jon's reaction to the Charleston shooting.
    • What makes this one particularly disheartening is how, even in his more serious monologues, including his post-9/11 monologue, he still added some much needed humour and hope into the mix. Here?
      Jon: And I'm confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is... we still won't do jack shit.
  • August 6, 2015: Jon's last show.
    • After Stephen Colbert came on at the end of the opening segment (where most every correspondent over the years showed up), he surprised Jon as he tried to throw to commercial by thanking him on behalf of all the lives and careers he has influenced over the years. Jon was so overcome by the sincerity that all the correspondents in the studio rushed over to Jon's desk to give him a group hug as the show went to commercial — and a visibly teary Jon just buried his face in Stephen's shoulder and cried.
    • At the end, Jon's Moment of Zen is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performing "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run", with Jon, his family, and Daily Show correspondents dancing during the latter. After which, Jon signs off by saying "Thank you, good night."

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