I’m an idiot. I’ve know the talented artist Jody Morlock for decades and for SOME reason, I never went to see her at her day job. She’s been the lead makeup artist on The Daily Show since 1999. She’s known for months that Jon Stewart was leaving, but until that sort of thing happens, you’ll never know how it’ll hit you. I asked her this morning to share her thoughts on this last week;
“Well, for me it was overwhelming. Jon and the show are my rock and I was filled with such dread for weeks. He is everything they say he is and the thought of not having him in my life on a weekly basis is like trying to steer a ship and not knowing how to navigate very choppy waters. He has been an amazing mentor and given me the best paid education I could ever dream of. Jon taught me that humor is a very powerful weapon and laughter is the best medicine. He is my hero an I am so lucky to have worked with him all these years.
This past week, Jon was exuberant and everyone was just wanting to express their love for him. He treated the show to a pizza dinner on Wednesday night and the room was filled with such emotion that it was palpable. In the end everyone just cried and he did a lot of hugging and let everyone know how thankful he was to work with such an amazing group of people. He always made us feel like family. Pure Wow!
I can’t wait to see what he does next!”
In a fun segment, directed by Tim Greenberg, Stewart takes us on a backstage tour of the show that aped the famous opening tracking shot from Goodfellas, to introduce the crew (see Jody!) that made the show what is was all these years. In the middle of it, Martin Scorsese, appeared in a dressing room, warning that he would sue if the host didn’t stop ripping him off! One of the countless funny moments in a sea of inside jokes about the hardworking crew. As Jody says, they are all gonna miss Jon, but as he said in his farewell;
“I’ll see ya later –I’m just going over here to get a drink.”
OK. See ya, hopefully sooner rather than later. The whole thing ended with a KILLER set by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. But before that, Jon gave us his treatise on “bullshit.” Just watch.