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Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee Hand Out the 2015 'Mercun Award on 'The Daily Show'

A lot of dumb news stories have happened so far in 2015, so during last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart welcomed correspondents Jessica Williams and Samantha Bee to hand out the 2015 'Mercun Award, which The Daily Show bestows upon one US news story that best encompasses the "true essence" of America. Spoiler alert: the winner involves Applebee's, which is about as 'Mercun as you can get.

Keeping It 'Halal in the Family' with Aasif Mandvi and Miles Kahn

Funny or Die premiered a brand new web series today called Halal in the Family, a retro sitcom parody co-created and written by Aasif Mandvi and Daily Show producer Miles Kahn that reimagines the typical multi-cam family show through the eyes of an all-American Muslim family and all the stereotypes, misinformation, and prejudice they face on a day-to-day basis. Mandvi also stars with House of Cards' Sakina Jeffrey playing his wife, and Jordan Klepper, Samantha Bee, and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter from The Roots make special appearances throughout the four-episode series. Ahead of Halal in the Family's premiere, I spoke with Mandvi and Kahn about the series' origins, [...]

Trevor Noah Named the Next Host of 'The Daily Show'

The next host of The Daily Show has been chosen. According to The New York Times, South African standup and current Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah has officially been named the next Daily Show host and will take over for Jon Stewart when he leaves sometime this year. "I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Stewart said in a statement. "He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with." Noah made his Daily Show debut in November and has appeared on the show three times. "We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job," Comedy [...]

Kristen Schaal Explains the Future of Gender Wage Equality on 'Daily Show'

Senior Women's Issues Correspondent Kristen Schaal made an appearance during last night's Daily Show to talk equal pay for women, and it turns out that America might figure out how to create human hearts from 3D printers before women are paid the same amount as men: "At this point, we'd be better off printing a 3D penis, slapping it on the bank counter and saying 'Hey society, fuck you. Pay me.'"

'Tickling Giants': The Story of the Meteoric Rise of Egypt's Jon Stewart and His Crusade for Freedom of Expression

Occasional Daily Show guest and one-time member of the Time 100 Influential Persons of the Year Bassem Youssef is more than just a late night host, cutting-edge satirist, and champion of free speech. He’s also a surgeon. Up until 2011, he did that job full-time. Inspired by the Arab Spring in his home country of Egypt and what he observed first hand treating protest victims in Tahrir Square, Dr. Youssef took not to the streets, but to the internet with a simple mission: to find laughter amidst the chaos.

Hundreds of millions — that’s right, hundreds of millions — of YouTube views, the love of many, the wrath of [...]

Jordan Klepper Investigates Christianity's "Super Super Super Dope" Future

Last night on The Daily Show, Jordan Klepper took a closer look at the future of Christianity by interviewing two pastors — the super cool, Grand Theft Auto-playing Pastor Carl Lentz and the very less cool Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek — to find out more. For Lentz, the future of Christianity is all about old-school prayer, reading Bible verses on a cell phone, and selling out stadium venues all over the country, while Benek has something else in mind entirely: robots that "choose" to be Christian.

Jordan Klepper Cashes in on the Bigoted Indiana Pizzeria Craze

While Memories Pizza in Indiana was the target of much outrage following its anti-gay comments in a local news report last week, it's also received nearly a million dollars in donations from bigoted supporters nationwide. Jumping on the financial opportunity, Jordan Klepper filed a new report on last night's Daily Show and introduced Jon to a few of his new businesses: "I'm just a liberty-loving American trying to serve some home-cooked food with a dash of charm and a pinch of absolutely no immigrants. Also, I don't know…no Muslims."

Watch Jon Stewart Say Goodbye to Jason Jones on 'The Daily Show'

After ten years as a correspondent, Jason Jones made his final appearance on The Daily Show last night, and Jon Stewart gave a proper tribute to all the silly and silly-serious segments he's done over the years. "Nothing makes my job easier than knowing there is someone there who I can always go to and always count on who's gonna deliver the funny, the smart, the everything," Stewart told him. "You were always that dude."

Inside the Secret Technology that Makes 'The Daily Show' and 'Last Week Tonight' Work

When you’re watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, you often see these comedians contextualize their commentary with short, specific news clips, like John Oliver’s use of a 5-second clip from a Bloomberg TV news show — just long enough to catch a newscaster saying “March Madness now brings in over a billion dollars in TV ad revenue” — in his recent NCAA segment.

Have you ever wondered where these clips come from? Does one Last Week Tonight employee watch hours of TV in the hopes that someone will drop a reference to the annual March [...]

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Talk 'Broad City' on 'The Daily Show'

Here's a clip from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's visit to last night's Daily Show, where they talked with Stewart about how Broad City went from a web series to a Comedy Central show, how their parents have responded to their fame, and the special person who called just for Abbi during Sunday's Night of Too Many Stars.

Bassem Youssef Stops by 'The Daily Show' to Explain the Middle East Proxy Wars

Here's a clip from "Egypt's Jon Stewart" Bassem Youssef's appearance on last night's Daily Show, where he expresses a little disappointment in not being considered for Trevor Noah's recent promotion and explains the complicated proxy wars in the Middle East using a metaphor Americans can understand: It's like March Madness, and the Great Satan (us!) already made it to the final round.

Comedy Central Reportedly Considered Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer to Take Over 'The Daily Show'

Comedy Central revealed this morning that Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah is set to replace Jon Stewart when he leaves the show this year, and according to Grantland's Bill Simmons, Noah was considered among some huge comedy stars: Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., and Amy Schumer. As Simmons notes, both C.K. and Poehler were probably not the most realistic candidates for the gig, but had Schumer been offered the opportunity prior to making her new film Trainwreck with Judd Apatow, who knows what could've happened? In any case, Noah is an excellent choice for the job, and Schumer agrees.

Hasan Minhaj Heads to Oregon to Meet Sugar Bob the Stoned Deer

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj recently traveled to Oregon to investigate a once-in-a-lifetime story of how legalized medical marijuana is destroying society through a deer named Sugar Bob, who seems to enjoy getting high and eating stolen candy. It's a shame that marijuana is tearing our country apart one deer at a time like this, but hopefully Minhaj's report will shed some light on this growing problem.

Will Ferrell Advises Jon Stewart to Leave 'The Daily Show' as Soon as Possible

To promote his new film Get Hard, Will Ferrell visited last night's Daily Show (wearing an amazing Zach Galifianakis shirt) and was brutally honest with Jon Stewart about his decision to leave the show: "I just want to address the fact that you had the guts to look at yourself in the mirror and say 'Jon, it's not working' … Now you haven't announced when you're leaving, but don't take your time. I'd leave by if not the end of this week, by next week."