If there is anyone who knows how to send you off from a TV show, it’s Jon Stewart … though the one he gave Michael Che last night was not anywhere near the same as the one he gave John Oliver, which was genuinely emotional.
On last night’s edition of “The Daily Show,” Stewart brought Che out to do a bit that was supposedly all about Joe Biden, which quickly turned into a “tribute” instead for the comic. Stewart reminded the crowd that Che had only been there for “58 business days,” and he then brought out many of the other longtime correspondents to wish him well. Jessica Williams acted like she was meeting him for the first time, while Jason Jones treated him like he was Wyatt Cenac.
In the end, this ended precisely as it should: With a rousing piano performance of “I Will Remember You” accompanied by the world’s tiniest montage of footage from Che’s time on the show. The only time, Michael appeared somewhat bemused, knowing that the joke was on him for the most part. At the same time, he was also very well aware of how kind Comedy Central and Stewart were to allow him to leave so soon after he arrived. Being the co-anchor of “Weekend Update” over on “Saturday Night Live,” which Che worked on before joining “The Daily Show,” was far too good of a deal for him to pass up on.
Che will be rehearsing over at “SNL” all throughout next week, and the premiere featuring Chris Pratt as host airs on September 27.
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