Under Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show” has become a major incubator for talent, helping to nurture a new generation of late-night stars and kick-start the careers of major comedic actors. Here’s a look at some of the fake correspondents who’ve gone on to become real showbiz players.
Stephen Colbert, 1997-2005
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Though his time at “The Daily Show” actually dates to the Kilborn era, Colbert truly flourished once Stewart arrived and ushered in a more politically focused show. Along with the other Steve (Carell), he became one of the show’s primary correspondents and an occasional...