For the better part of the last decade, I had the same reaction to most major news stories, particularly if they were of the political or ridiculous variety: What is Jon Stewart going to say about this?
For 15 years as the host (anchor?) of The Daily Show, he became a wise, insightful, pointed and, of course, hilarious voice on the events of the day. Earlier in the day, we got the news. Under his watch, 11 p.m. became a time for perspective and a few good laughs before bed.
That's why, following tonight's announcement Stewart will be leaving the show later this year, it is so much harder to imagine replacing him than some of the other late-night desk changes lately. When David Letterman announced he was stepping down from CBS' The Late Show last year, we had laundry lists of potential successors before the rather quick announcement Stewart protogee Stephen Colbert would take the job. It was a much more open position: simply someone who could make us laugh.