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Is It Too Soon to Hope a Woman Takes Jon Stewart's Spot on 'The Daily Show'?

    It's about time to give the political comedy arena a much-needed makeover. Above, Amy Poehler. (Featureflash /

We’re probably all still getting our heads around the fact that yet another late-night great is calling it quits, but let’s take a moment to recognize it’s about damn time “The Daily Show” was hosted by a woman. All three of the (albeit fantastic) spinoffs that came from “The Daily Show” — “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” and the unforgettable “Colbert Report” — starred, well, men, despite the fact that a number of talented female comedians have cut their teeth on the very same Comedy Central show.

Samantha Bee, for example, is the longest-serving correspondent on “The Daily Show” and would be a great option. Other former and current correspondents that come to mind are Olivia Munn and Jessica Williams. From outside the “Daily Show” family, there’s of course Amy Poehler, whose “Parks and Recreation” run ended recently (the show is still on the air but is in its last half-season). Variety reckons comedians Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer could also be contenders for the oh-so-coveted slot.

Of course the priority in choosing a replacement should be that the host keeps the news analysis fresh. But whoever it is who gets to fill Jon Stewart’s huge, 17-year-old “Daily Show” shoes, let’s hope she’s hilarious.

—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor
Natasha Hakimi Zapata holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los…
Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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