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The Best Recurring Jokes on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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List RulesRecurring jokes from the Jon Stewart era of The Daily Show only.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart might be one of the funniest and most politically insightful TV show ever - and those two things don't usually go together. For almost two decades, Jon Stewart has redefined fake news, political satire, and the late night comedy landscape. But beyond all the brilliant political points that have rendered pundits unemployed and politicians enraged, the comedy writing behind The Daily Show is really what makes it shine. That's why it's high time for you to vote on this list, which compiles the best of that comedy writing and gives homage to the running jokes that defined the show during Stewart's time behind the desk.

The best running jokes and Daily Show bits ranged from a few episodes to entire seasons on Comedy Central's biggest hit. These awesome jokes will keep you laughing, enlightened, and feeling nostalgic for all Stewart brought to your TV screen. Jon Stewart is constantly pretending to hear breaking news through his imaginary ear piece, making meta-humor out of his obvious green screen with correspondents, and making his lack of height, his lack of acting skills, and his lack of dancing skills the focus of so many self-deprecating and long-running gags. And then there's that Jon Stewart vs. Arby's debacle.

What are the most funny and most memorable Daily Show running gags and recurring jokes from the Jon Stewart era? Upvote those that you'll remember for years to come, no matter how funny Trevor Noah turns out to be.
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  • 1
    Punny Headlines
    112
    4

    Punny Headlines

  • 2
    Donald Trump's Real Name
    66
    2

    Donald Trump's Real Name

  • 3
    Jon's Height (or Lack Thereof)
    59
    3

    Jon's Height (or Lack Thereof)

  • 4
    Joe Lieberman = Droopy Dog
    59
    3

    Joe Lieberman = Droopy Dog

  • 5
    Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick
    57
    3

    Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick

  • 6
    "Meet Me at Camera Three"
    44
    4

    "Meet Me at Camera Three"

  • 7
    Jon Can't Dance
    39
    2

    Jon Can't Dance

  • 8
    Jabs at Arby's
    43
    6

    Jabs at Arby's

  • 9
    Jon Only Cares About the Mets
    37
    3

    Jon Only Cares About the Mets

  • 10
    Correspondents Who Are Awkwardly Successful
    32
    4

    Correspondents Who Are Awkwardly Successful

  • 11
    Dick Cheney Is Darth Vader
    31
    5

    Dick Cheney Is Darth Vader

  • 12
    Absurdist Impressions
    28
    4

    Absurdist Impressions

  • 13
    Senior BLANK Correspondent
    28
    4

    Senior BLANK Correspondent

  • 14
    Carlos Danger
    26
    3

    Carlos Danger

  • 15
    Blatant Green Screens
    28
    5

    Blatant Green Screens

  • 16
    Vilsack Duck
    25
    3

    Vilsack Duck

  • 17
    Jon's Acting Career (Or Lack Thereof)
    24
    4

    Jon's Acting Career (Or Lack Thereof)

  • 18
    Fake Ear-Feed
    22
    4

    Fake Ear-Feed

  • 19
    Santorum
    21
    6

    Santorum

  • 20
    Brian Williams's Head
    17
    4

    Brian Williams's Head

  • 21
    R. Kelly Singing About Scandals
    14
    5

    R. Kelly Singing About Scandals

  • 22
    NAMBLA
    16
    8

    NAMBLA

  • 23
    Eating Pizza With a Fork
    7
    1

    Eating Pizza With a Fork