25 Best 'Daily Show' Correspondents

From Colbert to Carell, John Oliver to John Hodgman, nobody helped Jon Stewart report the fake news better

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2. John Oliver (2006-2013)

Although he'd been crushing it as the Senior British Correspondent (especially when royal-birth fever hit the country) and a reporter on the 2012 campaign trail, John Oliver had already distinguished himself as a stellar sidekick. Then, while Stewart was off filming Rosewater in the summer of 2013, the lanky Englishman was recruited to fill in for the moonlighting host; Stewart vouched for him on the basis of Oliver as "someone whose accent makes you believe you can trust him." And thus a star was born: Energized by the Paula Deen, NSA  and Anthony Weiner scandals (you can still picture him doing the "Danger!" dance), his guest-hosting stint made him the hottest person in cable comedy. Oliver's hit HBO show Last Week Tonight will be the closest thing we have to a Stewart-led Daily Show once his mentor departs, but it was his tenure here that help mold him into one of the sharpest satirical performers around. SC

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