Jon Stewart’s farewell from The Daily Show featured a lot of faces that had passed through the halls of the show’s New York studio, including a few that went on to become almost more well known than the host that gave them their break. But there were a few that didn’t show for the farewell for one reason or another, including some that might fall under the radar. The Hollywood Reporter rounded up a few of the missing faces from Thursdays farewell, but they also a missed a few in the process.
The most obvious standouts were Brian Unger, Beth Littleford, and A.Whitney Brown, three of the holdovers from the Kilborn era of the show. Unger, of course, has made appearances on Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia and has his own Travel Channel show to worry with. He’s also one of the only correspondents in the history of the show to be killed off on screen (killed by a missile or bomb while on a remote report, I believe). Even so, he was responsible for one of my favorite classic Daily Show clips with pastor Johnathan Bell (who is actually reportedly a horrible person).
Littleford tweeted about the farewell, but couldn’t make it for some reason. She’s out there working on multiple projects, most notably UPROXX favorite Dog With A Blog, and you’ve probably seen her tossing around for dish washing detergent. Meanwhile Brown, who was a former SNL writer and featured player, is involved in political talk online and was involved in a 2011 documentary on Saturday Night Live.
There’s also a bunch of smaller names that weren’t involved in the farewell episode like Stacey Grenrock-Woods, Lauren Weedman, and Miriam Tolan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weedman retweeted a message from another overlooked Daily Show contributor, Frank DeCaro, in reference to her lack of presence at the show. We’ll get back to DeCaro in a moment.
Rounding out the missing correspondents is Rachael Harris, probably one of the more well known faces not to make a return for the finale. Harris is known for The Hangover, Reno 911, Wreck It Ralph, and many other projects and bit parts over the years. Her absence, like a lot of them, seems to be just an inability to find the time and she did manage to Tweet out a message to get folks to watch the departing host:
Now another correspondent absent from The Hollywood Reporter’s list was Mick Foley, a guest and contributor on the show that was probably best known for being a crazy man in professional wrestling and has stepped in numerous times over the years to comment on some wrestling happenings or just to have a good time in a bit for the show. Here, you can see him stepping in to help John Oliver talk a bit about immigration in that WWE style:
Also missing from the list was John Bloom, better known as Joe Bob Briggs. He would bring the God Stuff segments to the show in conjunction with The Trinity Foundation and was replaced by the This Week In God segments later when it would seem that partnership came to end. Still, I don’t know how you couldn’t like old Joe Bob Briggs and his presence would’ve been kinda cool to see at The Daily Show finale (even for a short moment).
Frank DeCaro is another one of the holdovers from the earlier days of the show, getting his start on The Daily Show in 1996 and continuing into Stewart’s tenure with his Out At The Movies segment. It seems like this is the common thread among a lot of these folks, but he is the only one that might seem a little sore over the lack of an appearance.
Demetri Martin was also missing, which seems a little odd given his status as a more recent addition to the show. His role has seemed to have been filled by Kristen Schaal and John Hodgman on the show, but I can’t find anything about there being any sort of ill will towards the show. It would just seem he’s quite busy with television productions and being funny through the use of finely tuned presentations.
The one glaring issue that pops out from the piece at The Hollywood Reporter is the inclusion of Sarah Vowell on the list. Vowell just appeared in an interview and is most likely out doing her normal thing, keeping busy. It seemed like she closed the door a bit and said bye at that point pretty well, but maybe I’m wrong.
Is there anybody else that was missing from the farewell?
How could we forget Jon Glaser was also a correspondent on the show for one tiny moment? The star of Delocated on Adult Swim and Parks And Recreation was once in the suit and tie behind The Daily Show desk, which you can see here in this segment on Mars 2112: