Jon Stewart announced that the end of his historic reign at Comedy Central will end on Aug. 6. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart loses its iconic host after 16 years behind the satirical-news desk. Stewart annonuced his retirement back in February to the shock and surprise of his fans. He told viewers that they didn’t deserve “an even slightly restless host” and that he had no specific plans for his future. There is no premiere date set for The Daily Show’s next host, Trevor Noah.
In a recent Guardian interview, Stewart pointed to the current “incredibly depressing” state of the news as one of several causes of his burn out. “Honestly, it was a comibination of the limitations of my brain and a format that is geared towards following an increasingly redundant [political] process.” He also looks forward to spending more time with his son Nathan, 10, and daughter Maggie, 9.
Fans have always been able to attend tapings of The Daily Show in New York City for free. For Jon Stewart’s final Aug. 6 taping, tickets will be raffled off via Omaze.com to raise money for New York Collaborates for Autism and the hosts’s Night of Too Many Stars. The most basic $10 contribution gets you 100 entries for 2 tickets to the taping, a hotel room and a flight here to New York for those who live out of town. The more philantrhopic choices include prized memorabilia from the show and Daily Show schwag. The one person who gives $15,000 will receive the Daily Show with Jon Stewart banner that has been hanging outside of the studio on 11th Avenue for over a decade as well as 150,000 entries into the lottery.
Go here to enter the lottery to attend Jon Stewart’s surely heartfelt final episode of the Comedy Central series he transformed into a political powerhouse that has informed young people of the bullshit that is the United States Congress. Watch Jon’s announcement from Monday night’s show below.