WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Newseum announced it will acquire the set of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" following Stewart's final appearance as host of the late-night television program on Thursday, Aug. 6. The donation, which will become part of the Newseum's collection for future display, comes as Stewart signs off after 16 years hosting the popular show, which often blurred the lines between news, satire and comedy.
Stewart began hosting the show in 1999 and quickly generated a loyal following among a new generation of news consumers who identified with his sharp-witted humor. Quick to poke fun at politicians, newsmakers and authors, Stewart also made the news media a frequent target of his barbs.
Stewart has been called the Walter Cronkite of the millennial generation, and his show became a primary source of news for many young Americans.
"From 'The Daily Show' anchor desk, Jon Stewart dissected the news with blistering wit and wisdom as millions watched," said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. "He also was a voice for a strong and free press, and against the silencing of journalists by repressive regimes. We are thrilled to accept the donation of these artifacts to the Newseum collection, because they are part of America's cultural and media history, telling an important story about how political satire and news as humor made 'The Daily Show' a trusted news source for a generation."
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" is a 20-time Emmy winner (including a record 10 consecutive wins for program), with a grand total of 60 Primetime Emmy nominations. The series also is a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. "The Daily Show" also helped launch the careers of such comedy stars as Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and John Oliver.
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