5 Funny Women We’d Love to See Replace Jon Stewart

Attention Daily Show producers: the field of female candidates for Jon Stewart’s job as host is fierce, funny and ready for prime time


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(Photo: Gregory Pace/BEImages)

Jessica Williams

Not surprisingly, the series’ newest correspondent has emerged as the fan favourite for replacing Stewart—even Newsweek has launched a campaign on her behalf. She may not think she’s right for the job, but we think the whip-smart 25-year-old has added much-needed energy, attitude and comic clarity to the show, and as host, she could add teeth to the long-running satire.


Tig Notaro

Standup comedian Tig Notaro is one of the most unique comedic voices out there. Her POV is delightfully deadpan—she’s known for long extended jokes—and her ability to spot (and make hay out of) the absurdity in everyday life is second to none. We can only imagine what she would do with the absurd world of modern politics. The woman looks great in a suit too.

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(Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA)

Aisha Tyler

Tyler is utterly wasted on daytime TV— on The Talk, she runs circles around her fellow hosts. She’s an accomplished funnywoman with a history of hosting behind her (plus, she kills it as Lana Kane on Archer!). Fans of The Soup will remember her tenure in the early ’90s as the golden age of the saucy and sassy E! show (then known as Talk Soup).  Tyler’s been working a long time and has paid her dues. It’s time she was rewarded with the high-profile job she deserves.

(Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA)

(Photo: Everett Collection/REX USA)

Sarah Silverman

Can you imagine The Daily Show imbued with a sharp, lacerating feminist edge? Sounds pretty intriguing. No stranger to political satire, Sarah Silverman could bring an aggressively political edge to the series and bring it (and the culture at large) forward when it comes to how we perceive “women’s issues.”

Amy Poehler outside David Letterman, October 27 (Photo by Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImages)

(Photo by Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImages)

Amy Poehler

When the final season of Parks and Recreation wraps up on Feb. 24, SNL veteran Amy Poehler will be officially out of a full-time job. The former Weekend Update co-host clearly has the faux newsperson chops to carry off a satiric nightly news show and she’s proven her celebrity-handling mettle during her Golden Globes co-hosting gig with Tina Fey. The Daily Show with Amy Poehler—it’s got a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

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