Watch Jon Stewart’s very first Daily Show episode

The news broke earlier this evening, with little warning: Jon Stewart will be stepping down from The Daily Show later this year. He’s been such an integral part of the media landscape, it’s almost hard to remember there was a time when the comedian wasn’t on our TVs every night, but it’s true. At one point, Craig Kilborn was the host of The Daily Show, but that all changed on January 11th, 1999 when Stewart’s first episode aired.

Below you can watch clips from that episode so you can see where it all started. And while his hair may be a different color and the set design changed, one thing’s for certain: Stewart knew what to do with The Daily Show from the very beginning.

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