Look, all things must pass. No one man can be expected to do the same job forever, and the man behind the desk at “The Daily Show,” when he announced in February that he’d be stepping down from the post, presented some very sound reasons that anyone can understand.
But damn, we’re gonna miss him. And nothing has brought that home so strongly of late like last night’s opening to “The Daily Show,” in which Stewart spoke frankly and seriously about the brutal killings of nine churchgoers in South Carolina.
A funny person can write funny jokes, no problem. But it takes an exceptional human to have the empathy and honesty necessary to read his audience — an entire nation of people confused and dismayed by recent events — and confess that he’s with us (and, not to mention, to articulate it so well).