The Daily Show is a comedy news program that airs on the Comedy Central network. The show, hosted by Jon Stewart from 1999 to 2015, was originally hosted by Craig Kilborn. In 2005, it spun-off The Colbert Report hosted by former Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert. In 2015, Trevor Noah took over hosting duties.
Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, and Kevin Clash have been featured guests on the program, and the show has featured many Muppet references and parodies throughout their reports. The Daily Show appeared on Sesame Street in Episode 4156, wherein Jon Stewart made a special report on "practice" from The Daily Show’s news desk as the Word of the Day.
- Miss Piggy appeared on July 19, 1999 to promote Muppets from Space. Stewart takes several cheap shots, including comments about her cleavage and her relationship with Kermit. Two days later, Stewart took part in a comedycentral.com live chat in which he commented on her appearance: "Besides being oddly erotic, you can't help but leave the interview hungry and I was always fighting not to mention pork products." Three years later, in an interview for his alma mater's newspaper, assistant news editor Meghan Williams noted that he has interviewed everyone from Ralph Nader to Miss Piggy. Stewart replied, "By the way — the same person. Ralph Nader is Miss Piggy. Nobody knows that, it's very interesting." video
- Kermit the Frog appeared on the show, to promote nothing in particular, on February 13th, 2001. Mention was made of a new Muppet show that did not end up being produced. Contrary to Piggy's appearance two years prior, Stewart remarks that it's the Frog who's running circles around him (by way of taking the cheap shots). video
- Kevin Clash appeared without Elmo, to promote Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, on October 24, 2011. They spoke briefly about Elmopalooza, in which Stewart appeared. Clash discussed how he got into puppetry, including meeting Bob Keeshan and Kermit Love. He also talked about how his daughter Shannon interacted with Elmo when she was young, and a time that he was on an airplane and the flight attendant asked him to have Elmo give the landing spiel. Finally, they spoke about how Brian Muehl and Richard Hunt had previously tried to perform Elmo before unceremoniously passing the puppet on to Clash. video
- February 8, 1999 — While teasing topics that will be covered in the next episode, Jon Stewart shows a picture of Monica Lewinsky and asks, "Check us out tomorrow at 11 when we'll find out... Which Muppet is this?" video
- February 23, 2000 — An "In Other News" report entitled "Elmo in Deutschland" talks about the sale of The Jim Henson Company to EM.TV. The report discusses how Jim Henson founded his company in 1958 with one single goal: to keep it out of the hands of the Germans. The report shows some fake German Muppet merchandise plus a fake clip from the new German Sesame Street. video
- March 29, 2000 - While talking about the Pets.com sock puppet, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog says Kermit the Frog also stole his act.
- November 16, 2000 — During the weeks in which the United States was in the middle of a presidential election recount, footage of The Count was used to create the illusion that the Muppet vampire was appearing on the show via satellite. He is introduced as the world's foremost authority on mathematics. video
- June 4, 2001 — A special report entitled "Fozzie Math" shows how due to their failed marketing attempts, the German parent company of the Muppets is putting the characters up for sale. A portion of the report featured an overdubbed clip from The Muppet Movie featuring Kermit the Frog shouting the lyrics to Rainbow Connection in the style of Adolf Hitler, which was repeated during the show's closing Moment of Zen. video
- July 17, 2001 — In an interview with Edward Norton, referring to Norton costarring with Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando in the Frank Oz-directed film, The Score, Norton says, "Remember on Sesame Street in the old days when they had 'one of these kids is not like the other'? That's how I felt." video
- April 17, 2002 — In an interview with Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Stewart mentions that Dreyfuss' new series, "The Education of Max Bickford," films in the same area of New York City as Sesame Street. Dreyfuss then claims that they share the same parking spaces. They agree that Sesame Street is like "Baywatch meets the zoo." video
- May 6, 2002 — Stephen Colbert hosts a segment on Sesame Street’s "negative" impact on children. Colbert speaks to a group of kids and asks them if they'd eat cabbage if the Cookie Monster was "the Cabbage Monster." video
- July 28, 2002 — In a segment about the growing trend of reading, a clip of Lena Horne singing "The Alphabet Song" on Sesame Street is shown. video
- January 7, 2003 — In an interview with Ray Liotta, Liotta says, "You know, you mentioned Goodfellas, Henry's a dealer, Blow obviously is about that, Narc there's drugs, I mean it seems like I just do drug movies. You couldn't mention Muppets from Space?" video
- March 18, 2003 — A member of the British Parliament is shown in news footage speaking on the Iraq war. Jon Stewart interrupts with a volley of indiscernible mumbling which he claims was provided by the 5th Lord of Waldorf and the Duke of Statler.
- April 6, 2004 — This episode included a segment entitled "The Muppets Take Manhattan From Behind." video
- January 19, 2005 — In the intro to the show, Jon Stewart describes a concert he went to the previous night, which featured "Hilary Duff and, uh, Jojo, and the Muppets. Who the hell knows." video
- February 28, 2005 — A Palisades Toys action figure of Gonzo was used in a shot of Michael Jackson's jury, along with Corey Feldman and Jabba the Hutt. After the shot Stewart commented with, "That was Gonzo! Gonzo couldn't get out of jury duty!"
- April 14, 2005 — Reporting on the 36th season premiere of Sesame Street, Stewart mentions the episode's dedication to healthy eating and names a few guest stars, and reports on the new "cookies are a sometimes food" initiative. "It's perhaps the biggest behavior change in a show regular since 1974, when the then popular Smokey Monster then switched to filter tips. Smokey tragically succumbed to cancer of the googly eyes in '83. We miss you, Smokey." video
- October 31, 2005 — After senior White House official Scooter Libby was indicted on criminal felony charges, the story was covered on The Daily Show: "By the way, it's not the first time a guy named Scooter has been in deep with the law. We all remember a certain incident in 1982 (A Photoshopped picture of a beaten-up Scooter Action Figure is shown). You think he looks bad, they had to hose Gonzo off the floor." Stewart then followed with what Muppet fans would recognize as Scooter's signature arm-swinging motion.
- November 7, 2005 - Senator Barack Obama mentions in his interview with Stewart that appearing on the show is earning him "cool points" with his wife, a fan of the show, and his daughter, who remembers Stewart from Elmopalooza.
- January 8, 2006 — A clip from the Harry Belafonte episode of The Muppet Show was used to illustrate a point in relation to Harry Belafonte's comments while speaking publicly in Venezuela. "Don't go in that dressing room. Crazy Harry's in there." video
- January 10, 2006 - Ed Helms visits the town of DISH, Texas, which has changed its name in order to get free satellite TV for all of its citizens. Helms attempts to convince doubtful media professor Mark Crispin Miller that this is a good thing:
- Helms: What could a town possibly need that satellite TV can't provide?
- Miller: OK, a school system.
- Helms: The Learning Channel.
- Miller: Police department.
- Helms: America's Most Wanted.
- Miller: Here's one: garbage removal.
- Helms: That's an easy one: Oscar the Grouch.
- Miller: What does that do?
- Helms: You know Oscar the Grouch? He lives in a trash can.
- Miller: I understand that, but-
- Helms: He eats trash. That's how he survives.
- Miller: Not all of it, no, no. Oscar- he can't eat plastic...I can't believe I'm having this conversation with you.
- Helms: I can't believe you're taking grouches this lightly. video
- Starting in 2005, the show began concluding with a "check-in" to the show's spin-off The Colbert Report which airs directly following the program. On the June 19, 2006 episode, Stephen Colbert's show description paid homage to The Muppet Show, even including a video clip of Sam the Eagle from episode 104. video
- Stewart: Welcome back to the program. Before we go we're going to check in with our good friend Stephen Colbert at The Colbert Report. Steven.
- Colbert: Thanks Jon. Up next on a very special episode: space travel, sure it's possible, but for pigs? An update on Scandinavian cuisine with our in-house chef, and then our very special guest star Harry Belafonte will lead Fozzie and the gang in a chaotic, and hilarious, version of the "Banana Boat Song"...Day-O! It's so good even Statler and Waldorf will allow themselves to smile. All that plus a final off-key trumpet note from Gonzo. Jon.
- Stewart: Stephen, it sounds like you have a dubious collection of guests there.
- Sam Eagle: (clip from The Muppet Show) With a few exceptions, the characters on this program are weird and peculiar and not to be trusted.
- Stewart: That's our show, join us tomorrow at 11. Here it is, your moment of Zen.
- July 12, 2006 — Jon Stewart features a spot on Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in which his re-election campaign involved distributing flyers titled "50 Things You May Not Know About Rick Santorum." In what Stewart called a fun quiz for his audience, a list of things supposedly found in the flyer were displayed on-screen, some of which are meant to be real, others of which are not. The last in several of these "facts" cites that "Rick is voiced by character actor Frank Oz."
- October 30, 2006 — Samantha Bee presented a segment where she re-visited her "home town" in Ohio (despite not actually being from Ohio). She visits a school that she claimed was her "old school." She begins to "reminisce" about her old school days when an administrator from the school asks her who her teacher was. She looked around the classroom and, upon seeing the Think Different poster with Jim Henson hanging on the classroom wall, hesitantly replied "Jim Henson."
- December 18, 2006 — An image of Elmo was featured in a "This Week in God" segment for holiday toys that aren't suitable for children. Elmo morphs into an evil demon version of himself and remarks, "Tickle my ass."
- January 25, 2007 — The check-in with The Colbert Report featured clips and jokes on Colbert's role in the Sesame Street special All-Star Alphabet, in which he played the letter Z. video
- May 23, 2007 — Discussing the passing of an Iraq war funding bill, Stewart says: "As a matter of fact, let me show you how far they've come. This is Harry Reid, describing a very similar bill put forward by Republican John Warner, Virginia senator and part-time Sam the Eagle look-alike." A picture is shown of Warner next to Sam. Stewart continues, describing the resemblance: "It really is close."
- July 26, 2007 — While covering a doping controversy in the Tour de France, Stewart turns to footage of the day's race. It's initially shown as a clip from The Great Muppet Caper’s "Couldn't We Ride" sequence, admitting that they clearly had the wrong footage for that news feed. video
- October 4, 2007 — John Oliver reports from "Dickensian London" as The Daily Show’s Senior Healthcare Analyst. Dressed as Oliver Twist from Charles Dickens' novel and speaking in a heavy brogue, Oliver reports that 19th century Londoners support U.S. President George W. Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, suggesting that a 7-year-old shouldn't be getting his health care from the government, he ought to be getting it from where he works. Helping to bring Oliver's illusion to life is a backdrop borrowed from The Muppet Christmas Carol.
- January 23, 2008 — In the second of a two-part series spoofing 24, correspondent Jason Jones continues his plea with the people of Iceland to send their only troop back to Iraq. During his time of defeat, in which his frustration with the Scandanavian people has crushed his spirits, he lounges in his hotel flipping through the local television channels. He stops on a Swedish Chef sketch from The Muppet Show which quickly lightens his mood.
- April 14, 2008 — Opening the show, Stewart spins off a random list of celebrities involved with the Night of Too Many Stars benefit for autism that he hosted the previous night. He jokingly mentions Big Bird who is explained as not having performed because he was hanging around back stage, suggesting with a hand gesture to have been drinking all night ("Glug, glug, glug").
- June 10, 2008 — Covering the upcoming trial of five 9/11 hijackers at Guantanamo Bay, Stewart jokes that the prison's nickname, "Gitmo," is also the name of "the least popular Sesame Street Muppet ever." Stewart then proceeded to do a brief routine with Gitmo, an Elmo hand puppet equipped with a beard. After Stewart tortures Gitmo by "waterboarding" him, Gitmo confesses that Big Bird is a spy working for the Mossad. Stewart threatens to send Gitmo back to the "untrained puppy room," leading to a cutaway of a dog dragging an Elmo doll around with its teeth.
- June 19, 2008 — Gitmo returns to cover his experiences in Guantanamo Bay. Among other things, he claims to have been a simple cab driver who was falsely turned in by greedy informant Snuf al-Upagus. Stewart later uses the prop to interact with guest Mike Myers.
- June 23, 2008 — During the check in with The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert explains the clean-up required afer Cookie Monster's appearance on the June 19 episode. Although Colbert followed Cookie Monster's bizarre demands for various cookies in the green room, including Triple Stuf Oreos (which had to be made for him, since they don't exist), he still made a mess of the room...because Colbert forgot the milk.
- July 15, 2008 — Discussing the media's celebration of one million names to have gone on the United States' terrorist watch list, news footage reports that President Bush has signed a bill to remove Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nelson Mandela from the list. Stewart mentions that it's a tightly managed list but that "Elmo's friend Zoe" is still considered a terrorist threat.
- August 27, 2008 — Covering the Democratic National Convention from Denver, Colorado, The Daily Show runs footage of MSNBC's own coverage including Chris Matthews heatedly quipping at Keith Olbermann. Stewart remarks, "It's not just Statler and Waldorf there going at it. It's also Waldorf and Sam the Eagle:" Footage of Joe Scarborough follows which includes Olbermann commenting from off-camera, apparently unaware that the live feed picked up his mic. Stewart comments, "But it's not just Waldorf and Sam the Eagle there, it's also Sam the Eagle and Beaker:" Scarborough is next seen chastising MSNBC correspondent David Shuster.
- October 30, 2008 — Commenting on a CNN interview between Larry King and John McCain, both of whom are often ridiculded due to their age, Stewart remarks, "I'm not sure whether those two guys are going to talk politics or heckle The Muppet Show." Footage of Statler and Waldorf in their box seats on The Muppet Show is dubbed over with audio from the interview. "I'd hate to be a bear telling bad jokes in front of those two."
- December 1, 2008 — Boasting about his Black Friday bargains, Stewart mockingly says to the audience, "Good luck giving your kids ****-me Elmo, cuz I gots me some C-3PO!"
- December 2, 2008 — Waiting for footage of Barack Obama's cabinet to run, a series of clips featuring groups of characters from popular movies are shown. A clip of The Muppets Take Manhattan is among them.
- January 21, 2009 — Covering Barack Obama's inaugural parade, Stewart jokes that the Illinois state float- depicting a costumed Abraham Lincoln character alongside the Chicago White Sox mascot- pays tribute to "Our theme-park Lincolns and their baseball-playing Muppet."
- January 22, 2009 — Gitmo returns to debate Jon Stewart on whether or not Barack Obama's proposed closing of Guantanamo Bay will increase the likelihood of terrorists such as himself attacking the United States. A fearful Stewart attempts to appease Gitmo with a fake "virgin"- actually a Bert hand puppet wearing a burqa- but Gitmo does not fall for it. When told the prison's closing will mean he will no longer be tortured, Gitmo responds, "Then why Gitmo still have hand up his ass?"
- February 2, 2009 — Stewart comments on the election of Michael Steele as the first black head of the Republican National Comittee: "Republicans, I appreciate what you're trying to do here- he's your voice of change, your Barack Obama, but it's not as simple as that. I know you want to take this fight to the Democrats, but Michael Steele, he's like...remember when your kid really wanted a Tickle Me Elmo for Christmas, but all the stores were sold out so you went to Chinatown and got him a Giggle-Time All-Mo? Michael Steele is the Republican Party's Giggle-Time All-Mo."
- February 24, 2009 — Introducing GOP chairman Michael Steele, "former Maryland lieutenant governor and perpetually dissatisfied customer at Grover's restaurant". A short clip from Sesame Street is shown, and an image with Steele and Mr. Johnson side by side. Stewart: "Seriously, Grover! Why can't you get that guy's order right, Grover? Why is it so hard to get that guy's order right? He ordered the f***ing spaghetti and meatballs, what's so hard about that?"
- March 3, 2009 — Stewart again uses footage of Mr. Johnson from sesamestreet.org to illustrate a likeness to Michael Steele.
- April 14, 2009 — Stewart was not sure how to pronounce the city of Manama, and the first guess was provided by the clip of Mah Na Mah Na.
- April 16, 2009 — Covering the various "Tax Day Tea Party" protests held the previous day, Stewart comments on a protester dressed as a "big-boobed Obama in her underwear holding a mutilated Elmo."
- April 20, 2009 — Lewis Black's segment "Back in Black" covers the Earth Day themed children's videos hitting the market recently. Sesame Street’s Being Green video is mocked for having included an extra cardboard cover in its packaging (although they fail to mention that the materials were printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper or cardstock). Footage from the video is also used at the end of the show for the Moment of Zen.
- April 21, 2009 — The graphics for Wyatt Cenac's trip to Sweden, in a segment titled "The Stockholm Syndrome," features footage of The Swedish Chef. The same graphic is used for part two on April 22.
- April 29, 2009 — A story on Michael Steele is once again prefaced with footage of Mr. Johnson.
- May 19, 2009 — Footage of Grover and Mr. Johnson is used for a 4th time at the beginning of a story on Michael Steele.
- May 20, 2009 — More of Mr. Johnson as Michael Steele.
- June 16, 2009 — Gitmo returns for a story about the closing of The Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp.
- Oct 15, 2009 — Mr. Johnson as Michael Steele again.
- November 10, 2009 — Lewis Black's segment about people not getting the swine flu vaccine leads him to introduce what he calls this seasons must-have toy: Stickle Me Elmo. It's an Elmo doll holding hypodermic needles. "What it lacks in vaccine, it makes up in huggability." After a high-pitched voice says "Lewis Black stole Elmo from a baby," Black tells it to shut up. At the end of the segment, Jon Stewart asks if he really just told Elmo to shut up.
- November 11, 2009 — After a clip in which Michael Steele says that people are afraid of him because he's black, Stewart responds: "I don't think they're afraid of you because you're black. I think they're afraid of you because of the stupid sh*t you say on television. No disrespect, but as far as intimidating black figures go, Michael Steele ranks somewhere between Urkel and the Muppet who sends his soup back. You know, it really is incredible but, when the two of them are in the same place, the only way to tell them apart? Send them soup. Steele doesn't have the balls to send it back."
- November 12, 2009 — One day after Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary, The Daily Show paid homage with a visual nod. During the intro, the globe in the studio, which often flashes cities with names relating to a recent event or a story covered on the show, shows the names "Sesamo," "Streetz," and "Elmoville." (Of these, only Elmoville, Illinois appears to be an actual city.)
- December 10, 2009 — Listing the credentials of guest Gwen Ifill, Stewart quips that she is "the moderator and editor of PBS's Washington Week, contributes to PBS's The NewsHour, is the top appraiser on PBS's Antiques Roadshow, and is the voice of Abby Cadabby on PBS's Sesame Street. She loves PBS. I made some of those up."
- January 7, 2010 — Guest Maggie Gyllenhaal mentions that she watches the 1970s Sesame Street that she likes with her daughter.
- January 18, 2010 — While commenting on various gaffes on Massachusetts state culture by Democratic candidate Martha Coakley during the election to replace the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy, including believing that Red Sox player Kurt Schilling's favorite team was the Yankees and misspelling the name of the state in a campaign ad, Stewart jokingly adds that she also believes Larry Bird is a Sesame Street character.
- March 18, 2010 — Performing as a Glen Beck caricature, Jon Stewart comes to the end of a 15-minute tirade of conspiracy theories fueled by random information strewn across several blackboards. On one is written the words "con-serv-ative" and "li-bert-arian" split up thusly. Positing to pull meaning from the parts, he circles the final segment of the second word, bert. He then unveils a child-sized drawing board, on which has been placed a photo of Bert. "A fastidious, pigeon-worshiping, felt tyrant. Whose draconian Sharia law allows for neither loud noise or rubber duckies. But yet, who spends his day in a children's workshop telling our impressionable youth what to think. Don't think he's dangerous? Well, I wonder what the letter E would have to say about that?" Stewart then places an E magnet over Bert's upper lip and screams, "It's Hitler!"
- March 30, 2010 — Reporting on GOP funds being used at a lesbian voyeur club, Stewart is disappointed to hear that party leader Michael Steele was not himself in attendance. Entertaining a scenario in which he was, a clip of Mr. Johnson at Charlie's Restaurant plays with some lines dubbed: "Yes, I'd like two lesbian sex slaves." Grover goes back to the kitchen and repeats the order to Charlie: "Two lesbian sex slaves, Charlie!" Dance club music begins as two female puppets from the Muppet Whatnot Workshop dance and kiss, and a third male puppet holds up some money and screams, "I have a total disregard for my donors!" After audience applause, Stewart says, "He does look like that guy from the restaurant with Grover."
- April 7, 2010 — Stewart again uses clips of Mr. Johnson to illustrate RNC chairman Michael Steele. Revealing that Steele had backed out of appearing in the show in January, Stewart interviews a puppet from the Muppet Whatnot Workshop built to look like Mr. Johnson, performed by Daily Show regular Wyatt Cenac.
- April 20, 2010 — Stewart shows a picture of himself watching The O'Reilly Factor with all his friends (a couch full of stuffed animals including Big Bird and Cookie Monster).
- June 3, 2010 — Refuting Glenn Beck's claim that only Fox News was showing footage of Israeli commandos being attacked while raiding an aid convoy destined for Gaza, Stewart shows several other news programs airing the footage. Stewart then says that the only place the footage wasn't aired was Sesame Street, followed immediately by a clip that shows The Newsman from The Muppet Show airing the footage.
- June 7, 2010 — An Elmo puppet toy is interviewed in reference to comments made by Helen Thomas about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
- June 7, 2010 — A photoshopped photo of Aasif Mandvi as a child in the 80s features a poster of The Dark Crystal.
- June 8, 2010 — Stewart: "Those 400,000 temporary census worker jobs? Who says they have to be temporary? The Constitution says we have to take the census every ten years, it doesn't say that it can't last ten years. Just tell them to count slower. Or, maybe now that the census workers have all those valuable counting skills, why don't we re-deploy them? Maybe have them fill in for The Count on Sesame Street, he could use a vacation."
- July 5, 2010 — Wyatt Cenac again plays the Michael Steele caricature in the form of a puppet from the Muppet Whatnot Workshop. Later, guest Denis Leary comments on the segment, and Stewart addresses the show's lack of class in turning a Sesame Workshop character into a recurring late night parody. The show's Moment of Zen was an unaltered clip of a Waiter Grover sketch.
- July 7, 2010 — A segment on Queen Elizabeth II visiting New York City was titled "The Crumpets Take Manhattan".
- August 3, 2010 — When children born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents are referred to as "anchor babies", Stewart says "You mean the hottest new show on Nick Jr: Anchor Babies?" A graphic then shows a Muppet Babies-like logo over a picture of four babies with Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and Anderson Cooper's heads. (Thursday, 9:30PM on Nickelodeon!)
- August 12, 2010 — Stewart talks about "... growing fears of these, uh, 'anchor babies' we talked about earlier... 'terror babies'... M-M-Muppet Babies coming to our shores. By the way, you should check out the new Muppet character 'Anchor-Me Terror Baby'." A modified image of Baby Skeeter (specifically, this image) is then shown, in which she is wearing a turban and a beard, and carrying dynamite and a machine gun, with an anchor chained to her ankle. "Adorably destructive to our country," Stewart says.
- October 7, 2010 — During an interview with Naomi Watts, Stewart shares an anecdote about the "Night of Too Many Stars" fundraiser for autism awareness which the two of them attended, remarking that at one point Steve Carrell sounded like Fozzie Bear while faking an orgasm while holding Watts's hand onstage. When Watts commented about her husband's reaction, Stewart adds, "As long as he doesn't sound like Beaker when he's doing that."
- November 18, 2010 — Parodying Glenn Beck's recent use of puppets to make a point, Stewart surrounds himself with several puppets hanging from the ceiling. Among them is Mortimer Snerd and Elmo. A plush Kermit is also among the puppets, and is used later to represent Stewart in an interaction with a puppet version of Beck.
- December 15, 2010 — Stewart calls the new Barbie Video Girl (a fashion doll with a hidden digital video camera) "one of the creepiest toys since 'Get-In-My-Van Elmo'. By the way, the van and candy are sold separately." An image is shown of an Elmo doll dressed in trenchcoat and sunglasses. In a later segment, after a clip of RNC Chairman Michael Steele saying "I'm much more of a street guy," Stewart says, "Street?? You live in an affluent suburb in Maryland; the only street you remind people of is Sesame Street... where the chairman has for years expressed his dissatisfaction with his soup." (A Waiter Grover clip is shown as Stewart speaks.) Stewart then does another interview with the Michael Steele puppet that resembles Mr. Johnson (again voiced by Wyatt Cenac).
- January 4, 2011 — Stewart compares news stories to movie titles: "So in 2010, the battle to stop Imam Rauf and the Islamic Center [in New York City] was, let's say, The Muslims Take Manhattan...".
- January 17, 2011 — Outgoing RNC chairman Michael Steele is once again referred to as being "best known for his strong opinions on soup" (illustrated with a Waiter Grover clip); later, the puppet version of Steele makes a farewell appearance.
- February 1, 2011 — Stewart: "Former RNC chair Michael Steele will be appearing here for the first time in actual human form... the first time we've had him on the show [and] not been at risk for a lawsuit from the Henson Company." Later, when Steele appears for the interview, he meets his puppet doppelganger and Stewart can't tell the difference between them.
- February 24, 2011 — Stewart compares Moammar Gaddhafi to a series of different complex descriptions, including "what would happen if Jim Henson had made a Muppet version of Prince." Zoot is shown in a side-by-side shot with Gaddhafi as illustration.
- March 23, 2011 — "When we last saw Nancy Grace, she was stealing a baby from Jennifer Connelly and disappearing into her Labyrinth." A clip is shown of David Bowie and Connelly from Labyrinth. Stewart continues, as if receiving a correction over an earpiece: "I'm sorry, what? Really, they're not... they're not the same pers– Are you sure? It's absolutely uncanny."
- May 11, 2011 — Referring to the hip-hop artist Common and his invitation to the White House, Stewart calls him "Elmo's friend" and shows this picture.
- May 17, 2011 — Addressing Donald Trump, Stewart says, "Look at you — you look like the offspring if Lou Dobbs and Jim Kramer f---ed a Muppet." Beaker is shown in the accompanying image mock-up.
- June 1, 2011 — Stewart refers to the episode's guest, Bill Moyers, as "one of the few legends of public broadcasting not made of felt and/or foam rubber." He then says, "Perhaps you saw me on Moyerspalooza," a reference to Stewart's appearance in Elmopalooza.
- June 15, 2011 — In the intro, Stewart points out that he did other things before hosting The Daily Show. "I swear to God, I feel like the audience tonight just looked me up on Wikipedia." He then mimics a hypothetical audience member asking him a question before the show, pretending to read off a piece of paper: "'Uh, you were in, uh, Elmopalooza in 2002.'" (It was actually 1998, though.)
- September 15, 2011 — A segment about President Obama's involvement with the solar-power company Solyndra is titled "It's Not Easy Being Green".
- September 28, 2011 — Stewart describes Sarah Palin's vest as appearing to be "made from the pelt of a Cookie Monster she shot from a helicopter".
- October 24, 2011 — Stewart tells the audience that Kevin Clash is his guest, "And yes — I do plan on tickling him." Later, he notes that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham had criticized President Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, responding, "For the guys who bear a good amount of responsibility for getting us into this clusterf***, to go all Statler and Waldorf on the exit..."
- December 14, 2011 — John Hodgman responds to the Fox Business claim that The Muppets has a liberal agenda. He shows a photoshopped picture of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew as his father and Stewart suggests the franchise should be named The Maopetts after communist China. video
- January 3, 2012 — "Gitmo" (a puppet of Elmo, wearing a beard) returns to the show after a long absence. He taunts Jon Stewart from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility after President Obama signed a new bill allowing indefinite detention for American citizens. At the end of the segment, Gitmo's new cellmate is revealed to be the Michael Steele puppet that resembles Mr. Johnson.
- February 29, 2012 — Stewart says, in response to Wolf Blitzer's reporting on presidential primary results, "The last time I saw someone this excited about numbers changing, it was a vampire made out of felt."
- March 12, 2012 — Speaking of that night's guest, Grover Norquist, Stewart says, "My kids are gonna be so excited that I got to interview Grover. I'm assuming I'm thinking of the right person."
- April 17, 2012 — A segment on the proposed "Buffett rule" for wealthy taxpayers is called "The Great Buffett Caper".
- April 18, 2012 — Stewart suggests that an "objective observer" and "comedy professional" is needed to determine whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is funnier; as an example of such a personality, he cites "Fozzie T. Bear" (as well as "Andrew D. Clay" and himself).
- May 8, 2012 — A segment on gay marriage is titled "Rainbow Disconnection".
- June 12, 2012 — Gitmo makes a return appearance. Stewart refers to him as a "Fabergé Muppet."
- July 23, 2012 — In a recurring segment called "Gaywatch," Stewart talks about Chick-fil-A and The Jim Henson Company's decision to discontinue their partnership. Earlier, the official Twitter feed posted the following tweet: "Muppets sever ties w/ Chick-fil-a due to its anti-gay policies. Also didn't help that they killed & ate Gonzo's girlfriend." This episode's "Moment of Zen" consists of a clip from Miss Piggy and Kermit's interview on Larry King Live in 1993, in which Piggy comments on interspecies relationships.
- September 5, 2012 — Reporting on the Democratic Convention, Jon lists the many different ethnicities present in the convention crowd. When the list starts to reference fictional characters and species, Statler and Waldorf are superimposed into the crowd, referred to as "Muppet Americans."
- October 4, 2012 — During the October 3 presidential debate, Mitt Romney indicated a desire to defund PBS, mentioning Big Bird by name. Stewart says: "Motherf----- fired Big Bird! America's favorite non-fried bird! Motherf----- fired Big Bird and won. Beloved children's character Big Bird..."
- October 8, 2012 — Stewart continues to delve into Romney's comment on cutting funding to PBS, including the aftermath from networks that accuse Sesame Street of being "liberal propaganda." This leads to a segment entitled "This Week with George Snuffleupagus", where Stewart, John Oliver, and Wyatt Cenac each operate Muppet-esque likenesses of themselves. They then discuss how Sesame Street can appeal to conservatives, from changing the show's name to "Patriot Street" and having Grover argue the merits of Atlas Shrugged.
- December 3, 2012 — In a segment on the supposed "War on Christmas," Stewart lists all the different types of Christmas programming, including "otter Christmas specials."
- December 13, 2012 — In a piece on gay marriage, Stewart indicates that the Supreme Court ought to move quickly, because "I hear New York is thinking of legalizing this:" He then shows a clip from The Muppets Take Manhattan, where the minister sings "I now pronounce you frog and pig."
- April 24, 2013 — Jon Stewart: "Yes, a civilian trial for terrorists is not gonna work! That's why Tim McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski, Ramzi Yousef, and The Blind Sheikh roam our fair country in a bus, going city to city, singing medleys of original hits and ... what's... what's that? Really? They're dead or in prison, huh? Well who'm I... who'm I thinking of? Is it... Oh, the Muppets. Oh, all right. I get it. Well, to be fair, they both tried to take Manhattan."
- June 6, 2013 — Stewart shows a clip of Dorothy Rabinowitz complaining about New York City's new bike-sharing program, citing the "bike lobby" as an "all-powerful enterprise." "Ah yes," Stewart says sarcastically, "'Big Wheel'. And their union thugs!" He then shows a picture of the bicycle-riding Muppets from The Great Muppet Caper. "Damn you, Fozzie Bear!"
- June 12, 2013 — The introductory montage for the "Summer of the Whistleblower" segment includes a brief shot of Walter whistling onstage in The Muppets.
- August 6, 2013 — A brief clip of Bob and David singing together on Sesame Street is used to illustrate a report on race relations.
- November 4, 2013 — In the race for Mayor of New York City, "Joe Lhota is doing so badly, he actually may come in third to drunk anti-Semitic Times Square Elmo." The accompanying image shows a costumed Elmo impersonator posing for a photograph.
- May 20, 2014 — Jon Stewart embarks on an epic rant against the city of Philadelphia, at one point referring to its baseball mascot, the Philly Phanatic, as a "f---ed-up, Jim Henson reject-looking piece of s---". The next day he repeats the epithet while apologizing to the city.
- December 15, 2014 — Jordan Klepper interviews Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven. In voice-over, Klepper asks, "What brilliant policies was he cooking up?" while showing a clip of the Swedish Chef.
- December 18, 2014 — Gitmo, the puppet Guantanamo Bay prisoner who looks and talks like Elmo with a beard, makes his return. His comments address President Obama's decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
- January 8, 2015 — In a segment about the New York City Police Department's work slowdown, Jason Jones points out the advantages of lax enforcement: "While cops may still ignore Aggressive Elmo shaking down kids for cash, now they'll ignore this too!" Jones is then shown punching and kicking a street Elmo impersonator.
- April 27, 2015 — In a segment about the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, Jon Stewart recounts the many other times that President Obama has told jokes or appeared on comedy programs, including (facetiously) Muppet Babies.
- June 11, 2015 — The Moment of Zen is a clip from a WNBC (New York City) report on Miss Piggy's award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
- August 6, 2015 — Gitmo makes his final appearance, on Jon Stewart's last episode, thinking that the end of Stewart's tenure as host means freedom for Gitmo. When Stewart tells him that Guantanamo Bay is still open and he won't be getting released anytime soon, Gitmo gets angry and starts swearing.
- November 10, 2015 — new host Trevor Noah makes a joke about Kermit getting STDs as a result of having sex with both Miss Piggy and Denise.
- April 11, 2016 — A segment on presidential candidates campaigning in New York is titled "The Stumpers Take Manhattan".
- May 9, 2016 — Trevor Noah makes a comment on how most people learn math from Count von Count.
- June 28, 2016 — Jordan Klepper compared two arguing Illinois politicians to bickering Muppets by showing a brief clip of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker.
- September 28, 2016 — Noah reports: "We saw how Donald Trump obsessed over the physical appearance of Miss Universe, reportedly even calling her 'Miss Piggy'. Which many people were not impressed by, including the actual Miss Piggy, who was like, 'Oh, I didn't hear you complaining when you were tapping this, Donald.' Uh, now to be... that's, that's not fair, Miss Piggy would never have sex with Donald; I'm sorry, Miss Piggy."
- November 1, 2016 — Trevor Noah compared Donald Trump's ramblings to Beaker.
- March 7, 2017 — Trevor Noah commented on Nigel Farage as A Muppet who smokes.
- April 4, 2017 — Noah compared Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's straining voice to Beaker.
- August 29, 2017 — Noah twice described former FBI director Robert Mueller as a "handsome bird impersonator", illustrating the first instance with a side-by-side image of Mueller and Sam the Eagle.
- September 18, 2017 — Noah pointed out the incongruity of having serious news anchors describing silly Internet memes; he recited a fanciful example: "Kermit is sipping tea and seems unconcerned with the events surrounding him."
- October 4, 2017 — Correspondent Michael Kosta points out that America didn't need memes posted by Russian trolls to divide itself politically: "A meme didn't start the Civil War. You think carrier pigeons were dropping these all over the South?" He then shows the "Kermit sipping tea" meme (sepia tinted, with Kermit in a top hat), captioned "Freedom should be for everybody, but that's none of my business."
- October 23, 2017 — Noah speculates that Bill O'Reilly keeps writing his series of similarly-titled books (including Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton, among others) because he needs the cash to pay sexual-harassment settlements. "I should have known something was wrong when he published Killing Big Bird. I was like, 'Oh yeah, this guy... he's reaching.'"
- January 23, 2018 — Trevor Noah plays clips of several Republicans expressing opposition to deporting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children (known as DREAMers, after the proposed DREAM Act that would grant them legal residency). The last clip shows Kermit the Frog singing "Rainbow Connection" in an episode of The Muppets: "... the lovers, the dreamers, and me." Noah follows that up with later clips of Republicans complaining about Democrats' focus on protecting undocumented immigrants (such as the DREAMers); the last such clip shows Kermit introducing The Muppet Show, except a dubbed voice says, "Get these illegal immigrants out of my country! Aaaaahhhhh!"
- March 12, 2018 — Noah reports, "Now, a sitting U.S. President meeting with the leader of North Korea is like a Sesame Street episode about group sex: it's never happened." A photo illustration of several monsters being watched by Bert and Ernie is then displayed. Noah starts to continue as the audience realizes what the picture shows. "Oh, you can look at that for a moment... you can enjoy that," he says. "They have needs too, you know! It's natural!" He finally continues, "Which is why, like that Sesame Street episode, nobody really knows if it's a good idea."
- April 9, 2018 — Noah suggests that President Trump should get his ideas from Sesame Street instead of Fox and Friends. He imagines the subsequent tweet: "'Big news, folks. I've just learned that sharing is caring. Thanks to a young man with very normal skin. Very normal, good-looking skin.'" Later, Noah says, "We better hope that Sesame Street runs an episode about how to de-nuclearize, people."
- May 1, 2018 — Noah visually compares President Trump's former personal doctor to Junior Gorg, making a reference to Fraggle Rock in the process.
- August 15, 2018 — A segment on deregulation featured a children's show parody "Deregulation Station," which spoofs elements of Sesame Street and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and featured a puppet conductor (puppeteered by Stephanie D'Abruzzo) and several other Muppet Whatnot Workshop puppets. An altered Fisher-Price Rowlf puppet is also shown, appearing as an aging consumer watch-dog.
- May 7, 2019 — Noah refers to a PBS news reporter as a human Muppet.
- Samantha Bee (correspondent, 2003-2015)
- Steve Carell (correspondent, 1999-2005)
- Michael Che (correspondent, 2014)
- Rob Corddry (correspondent, 2002-2006)
- Stephen Colbert (correspondent, 1997-2005)
- Josh Gad (correspondent, 2009-2011)
- Donald Glover (writer, 2005)
- John Hodgman (correspondent, 2006-2015)
- Ed Helms (correspondent, 2002-2006)
- Jason Jones (correspondent, 2005-2015)
- Craig Kilborn (anchor, 1996-1998)
- John Oliver (correspondent, 2006-2014)
- Caroline Rhea (correspondent, 1996)
- Mo Rocca (correspondent, 1998-2003)
- Jeff Ross (correspondent, 1996-1997)
- Kristen Schaal (commentator, 2008-2016)
- Jon Stewart (anchor, 1998-2015)
- ↑ "Jon Stewart Comedy Central live chat" - July 21, 1999
- ↑ Flat Hat "Comedian, alumnus returns to College for Q&A session" by Meghan Williams, Nov 1, 2002
- ↑ Stephanie D'Abruzzo official site
- TheDailyShow.com, official site