Cheers, Jon Stewart: A ‘Daily Show’ Finale Recap and a Drink Recipe to Celebrate

For those experiencing a ‘Jon Voyage’ hangover this morning, we have just the hair of the dog to get you through another day.

America said toodaloo to Jon Stewart on Thursday night as he broadcasted the final episode of The Daily Show. The show’s news coverage focused on the Republican presidential debates in Cleveland with help from former on-air correspondents including Ed HelmsOlivia Munnand Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver.

Steve Carell joined in on the fun, confessing to Stewart that his run on The Office was merely filler between now and his last appearance on the show.

“Becoming an international superstar is just something I did while waiting for my next assignment.”

The Daily Show king tied up loose ends, making amends with former writer Wyatt Cenac after he accused Stewart of telling him to “f-ck off” after Cenac challenged a bit. A string of haters banded together to sample Stewart with a taste of his own medicine, epically concluded with a message from Senator John McCain that looked something like this:


Stewart’s BFF Stephen Colbert barged in to send his “Frodo” out onto the road to New Jersey with a Lord of the Rings-inspired speech. He went off-script in the final minutes of his appearance for a candid dedication that reduced Stewart and viewers at home to the ugliest of cries. Colbert thanked Stewart for launching his career and those of other comedians who have crossed his path since the start of The Daily Show.

“You are a great artist and a good man and personally, I do not know what I would do if you hadn’t brought me on this show. I’d be back in those [Appalachian] hills mining turds with pappy.”

Stewart made a farewell address of his own, sending love to his wife and children for teaching him “what joy looks like”. The host, who has dabbled in other production roles in film prior to stepping down from the Daily desk, reminded fans that his presence is not disappearing into the good, late night.

“Nothing ends. It’s just a continuation,” Stewart said. “It’s a pause in the conversation. So rather than saying goodbye or good night, I’m just going to say,

‘I’m going to go get a drink.'”

If you studied the 16 Lesser Known Facts About Jon Stewart prior to his final show, you know that Stewart invented a drink called “The Whack in the Head” during his brief stint as a bartender. This combo of an Alabama Slammer and a Long Island Iced Tea is just what you need to wash down the bitter taste of a world without Jon Stewart on your TV.

Pour one up and raise your mug to Comedy Central’s legendary satirical tyrant.

The Whack in the Head:

Serves 1

  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. superfine sugar
  • 1 dash grenadine syrup
  • 1/2 cup cold Coca Cola, or to taste


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Cry. Cry shaking. Pour. Chug. Cry again. Watch Stephen Colbert’s farewell speech below. Repeat.