Top 10 Daily Show contributors, ranked
What he’s doing now: Hodgman pops up on shows from Bored to Death to Mozart in the Jungle, but he’s also been developing as a stand-up (and preparing fans for the apocalypse) in his Netflix special Ragnarok. He will continue to contribute to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
What he’s doing now: Since his departure in 2012, Cenac has largely been focused on stand-up—including the worthy album Brooklyn, recorded at Union Hall—but given his skills as both writer and performer, Cenac surely has more elaborate projects on the horizon.
What he’s doing now: Jones left the show in March to work with his fellow former TDS correspondent (and spouse) Samantha Bee on the TBS family comedy The Detour. He’s also working on his film career, having popped up in sequels to Hot Tub Time Machine and Pitch Perfect.
What she’s doing now: Schaal has always been busy, but these days she’s best recognized for voicing the domineering Louise on Bob’s Burgers and playing fastidious Carol Pilbasian on The Last Man on Earth. Schaal, too, will create pieces for Trevor Noah’s version of TDS.
What he’s doing now: Though he appears quite a bit on TV and in voiceover for animated shows, Black still tours, waking his audiences up to issues of social and political injustice. Along with Hodgman and Schaal, he will make time to appear next to host Trevor Noah.
What he’s doing now: The character he created under Stewart’s watch fed into many of the roles he’s played in Hollywood, including hapless Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott. Carell has tackled more serious roles too, including the unsettling Olympic wrestling benefactor John du Pont in Foxcatcher.
What he’s doing now: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore took the slot left open by Colbert Report earlier this year, and it dissects racial issues while highlighting Wilmore’s convivial presence at roundtable discussions. The performer’s placid exterior belies a rigorous mind and incisive wit that bears down on politicians and public figures who can’t keep it 100.
What she’s doing now: After 12 years as a correspondent, Bee left TDS in May this year to prepare to executive-produce a family sitcom with husband—and former TDS correspondent—Jason Jones as well as host the new TBS show Full Frontal. Her TDS skills will no doubt help with the introduction of the latter, which will feature topical humor and field pieces.
What he’s doing now: Oliver digs deep into overlooked social and political issues in his HBO spin-off, This Week Tonight. His investigative segments, which do everything from dish dick jokes with Edward Snowden to make Supreme Court re-creations more interesting with dogs, owe a lot to Stewart’s TDS template.
What he’s doing now: Colbert jumped to CBS this fall to take over The Late Show after David Letterman’s retirement. Even with a new set and new responsibilities to a network audience, Colbert and his crew still carry on Stewart’s legacy with the playfully visual desk pieces TDS pioneered.