When Jon Stewart abruptly announced he was leaving the Daily Show on Comedy Central back on February 10th, he said he had no thoughts on what he would do next. As he put it that Tuesday night, his only definitive plans was that he was “going to have dinner with his family on a school night”.
However his post-Daily Show plans may have been revealed, but not by Stewart himself. Instead by new Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj. Jeffrey Gurian talked to Hasan for his column here at The IBang at the Comedy Juice show at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. Hasan told Gurian that Jon Stewart was leaving the Daily Show after nearly 17 years to return to stand up comedy. Hasan told Gurian that he was excited to hear that was Stewart’s plan. From Gurian’s column:
“As always, I hit the Comedy Juice show at Gotham to see Hasan Minhaj the new Daily Show correspondent who told me it’s exciting being on the show but also sad because Jon is leaving. But he’s also excited to see Jon getting back to stand-up which he said is his plan.”
Hasan Minhaj joined the Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a correspondent last November. Jon Stewart began his career in stand up comedy in the mid-80s appearing at the Bitter End and the Comedy Cellar before making a move into television, first writing for “Caroline’s Comedy Hour” and then getting “The Jon Stewart Show” on MTV in ’93. He became the host of the Daily Show in 1999 replacing Craig Kilborn.