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Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

Jon Stewart at his desk on the set of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
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desk items

From tissues to toothpicks, Stewart had an assortment of items stowed under his desk to ensure he would always be camera-ready.
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“Daily Show” press credentials

“Daily Show” correspondents were given press credentials to cover both the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2008 and wore these photo IDs produced by the show.
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“Daily Show” microphone cube

This microphone cube was used during the last season of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
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In “Guantanamo Baywatch” segments, Jon Stewart introduced the senior imprisoned correspondent Gitmo, a “Sesame Street” hand puppet with a glued-on beard, who was voiced by Stewart. Stewart used Gitmo to discuss attempts to close Guantanamo Bay and end the use of torture.
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rally sign

This fan-made sign mocks Stewart’s opponents who say the comedian fosters cynicism that debases Americans’ attitudes about politics.
Gift, Andrew Scott

Trump button

In 2015, Stewart introduced this “Emergency Presidential Campaign Trumpinator 2016” button. Stewart pressed it whenever he was bored to hear excerpts of candidate Donald Trump’s campaign kickoff speech like “I’m really rich” and “How stupid are our leaders?”
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“Covfefe” tweet

In 2017, “The Daily Show” created The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library — a traveling mock presidential library dedicated to “Trump’s most profound and revealing tweets.” The “covfefe” tweet was part of the library. At the time this tweet was sent, “People were searching ‘covfefe’ on the internet like it was a Kim Kardashian nude,” said Noah. The meaning of the word has never been determined.
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Timmy puppet

In a 2014 segment, John Oliver used this puppet, named Timmy, to sing “Sesame Street”-style about the dire state of the U.S. prison system.
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Giant Reese’s mug

In 2017, John Oliver used this giant Reese’s mug to mock the one used by FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, who argued to end net neutrality.
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Feminist Rules book

Samantha Bee mockingly referred to this “feminist rules book” prop, while chastising a Georgia female politician who blocked a bill that would have reduced the backlog of untested rape kits.
Loan, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

moose costume head

This moose head is from a 2008 “Saturday Night Live” sketch that features comedian Amy Poehler rapping about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, then governor of Alaska. Spoofing Palin’s love of hunting, Poehler pretends to shoot a dancing moose.
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