Never before has a fake news show had so many important things to say.
During his more than 15 years as host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has interviewed many of the most prominent figures in politics, entertainment, and business. In advance of Stewart's last show, on Thursday, we dug up some of the comedian's best conversations with entrepreneurs and business luminaries.
Here are five guests Stewart interviewed on The Daily Show who shared important insights on business, leadership, and how to be an entrepreneur in America.
Michael Bloomberg (1995)
Stewart: "What has been the most difficult adjustment of going into public service?"
Bloomberg: "The real difference is, in business you don't have the press looking over your shoulder every single minute of the day. You have a chance to try things and work out the kinks before you go public with it. In government, you don't have that. Right away, the first day you do it--even though you don't have it perfect--you have to show it to everybody."
Walter Isaacson (2011)
While discussing his biography on Steve Jobs, Isaacson brought up what he referred to as Jobs's "reality distortion field."
Isaacson: "He basically tells people, 'You can do this. You can code this in four days, not four months.' And the odd thing that Steve Wozniak and everybody else says is, he ended up being right. He would push people to do insanely great things, simply by making them believe that they could do the impossible."
Elon Musk (2012)
Stewart: "You went on from PayPal to launch rockets. Why?"
Musk: "When I was in college, there were three areas that I thought would most affect the future of humanity. Those were the Internet, sustainable energy, and space exploration--particularly making life multi-planetary. I thought about these things in the abstract in college, [but] I didn't expect that I'd actually be doing them."
Warren Buffett (2012)
On why Buffett believes the rich should pay a flat tax rate of 30 percent on their income above $1 million:
Buffett: "I've sold stocks when personal income tax rates got as high as 91 percent and I've sold them when capital gains rates got as high as 39.6 percent. We actually had some wonderful periods of growth in GDP. The middle class as well as the rich prospered when tax rates were much higher than they are now."
Howard Schultz (2014)
On Starbucks becoming the first U.S. company to provide free college tuition for all of its employees:
Schultz: "Unfortunately, college tuition indebtedness has reached $1 trillion. The average college student has $30,000 of debt and we're falling behind. We can't wait for Washington. We've got to step up as we've done in the past and demonstrate true leadership. What we're saying to our employees is, 'We're going to provide you with something you can't get on your own.'"