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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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    135
    12

    "Meet Me at Camera Three"

  • 2
    140
    18

    Jabs at Arby's

  • 3
    100
    4

    Correspondents Who Are Awkwardly Successful

  • 4
    104
    13

    Dick Cheney Is Darth Vader

  • 5
    88
    4

    Absurdist Impressions

  • 6
    93
    13

    Senior BLANK Correspondent

  • 7
    93
    15

    Blatant Green Screens

  • 8
    83
    12

    Carlos Danger

  • 9
    79
    11

    Jon's Acting Career (Or Lack Thereof)

  • 10
    67
    7

    Santorum

  • 11
    71
    11

    Fake Ear-Feed

  • 12
    57
    10

    Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick

  • 13
    52
    6

    Brian Williams's Head

  • 14
    48
    9

    NAMBLA

  • 15
    40
    6

    Jon Can't Dance

  • 16
    38
    6

    Punny Headlines

  • 17
    44
    13

    R. Kelly Singing About Scandals

  • 18
    38
    10

    Jon Only Cares About the Mets

  • 19
    24
    7

    Donald Trump's Real Name

  • 20
    17
    2
    James Thrush added

    Eating Pizza With a Fork

  • 21
    25
    12

    Vilsack Duck

  • 22
    20
    8

    Jon's Height (or Lack Thereof)

  • 23
    20
    9

    Joe Lieberman = Droopy Dog

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List Rules: Recurring jokes from the Jon Stewart era of The Daily Show only.