They're collectively known as "The Best F#@king News Team Ever," a crack team of comedians capable of deflating delusional nincompoops, screaming truth to power, bantering with Jon Stewart over the issues of the day, and — the significance of this last part can't be overstated — making complete jackasses of themselves in order to score ideological points and get laughs. They are the Daily Show's correspondents, a fearless group of men and women who brave ridicule (and in one case, a near-beating) to bring you, the viewer, the fake news. They were here before Stewart took over the late-night program in 1999 and transformed into a powerhouse institution of political satire/commentary, and they'll be here after the host says goodbye on August 6th.
The BFNTE's ranks have changed over the years, with some folks only making a few brief appearances, and others staying on for over a decade; a surprising number honed their chops and then went on to successful movie and TV careers. They've helped make the show what it is, so we feel it's high time we celebrated their contributions. These are the cream of The Daily Show's correspondents and contributors crop, the ones whose field reports, convention coverage and recurring editorial segments still crack us up long after the issues themselves have come and gone. (While we'd love to rank every single one from best to worst, we're capping it at the top 25 contenders. All apologies, Olivia Munn, Hasan Minhaj, Nancy Walls, and Bob Wiltfong; you were taken from us too soon, Michael Che.)