Jon Stewart is officially exiting The Daily Show after 17 years -- leaving an opening people are already suggesting the likes of Craig Ferguson, Jason Jones, and even Brian Williams fill. Ugh, didn’t we just do this? Colbert took over The Late Show for Letterman, Corden took The Late Late Show from Ferguson. White dudes replacing white dudes.
This is 20-effing-15, why do we still not have a woman in late night?
We are ready and waiting for a female host -- there are Change.org petitions demanding it! (Do those ever do anything?) Anyway, here are 12 women who would be great to fill Stewart’s seat. (Note: We excluded women like Amy Schumer, who already has a show on Comedy Central, and Chelsea Handler, who has a deal with Netflix.)
1. Amy Poehler: Amy seems to be the Internet’s favorite to replace Stewart. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why -- it would basically be a return to her Weekend Update days. With Parks and Rec currently airing its final episodes, Poehler has yet to announce her next project. Maybe it could be this? Please?
2. Retta: If not Poehler, perhaps Parks and Rec scene-stealer Retta? She’s proven herself to be an absolutely delightful talk show guest, it’s time we see how she fairs on the other side of the interview. Plus, she already has a loyal following who would live tweet that bitch.
3. Jessica Williams: For what it’s worth, this is our pick. Williams is consistently the best part of The Daily Show these days. Why shouldn’t she be next in line? The Senior Beyoncé Correspondent is the show’s youngest correspondent ever, now let’s make her late night’s youngest host ever.
4. Kristen Schaal: She’s already appeared a number of times as The Daily Show’s "Senior Women's Issues Correspondent. Her segments tend to devolve into absurdity. Hilarious, hilarious absurdity, and we wouldn’t mind seeing that on a more regular basis.
5. Kate McKinnon: She’s Saturday Night Live’s most valuable player right now -- having created an arsenal of iconic characters in her three years on the show and earning an Emmy nomination for it. But all good things must come to an end, and this could be a fitting next step for her. (That is, if Ghostbusters doesn’t make her a huge, huge movie star first. Act fast, Daily Show.)
6. Maya Rudolph: Maya Rudolph isn’t an underrated talent -- everyone knows she’s funny -- but she also isn’t getting cast in every movie ever since leaving SNL, as she should be, so something isn’t adding up. Let’s make it right and let her showcase her chops on this ever week instead.
7. Paula Pell: She’s the funniest woman whose name you (probably) don’t know. Pell was an SNL writer for 17 years and is now moving into features with Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. She’s just...brilliant and deserves to be a household name after giving so many other people funny things to say.
8. Tig Notaro: Tig is honestly one of the most interesting people you will ever hear about -- and if you haven’t heard about her, listen to her stand up special, Live, immediately. She has her own unique brand of humor and a wide range of interests -- her podcast Professor Blastoff covers topics that “range from scientific to philosophical to metaphysical.” It’d be a different show, but one we would definitely watch.
9. Amy Sedaris: We would do literally anything to get Amy’s brand of genius on our TVs every night.
10. Diablo Cody: At one point, Cody -- the screenwriter behind Juno and Jennifer’s Body -- had a talk show set up with the E! Network and then... nothing. What ever happened with that, E!? She’s an Oscar-winning writer who's proven she can handle interview duties (just watch any episodes of the late Red Band Trailer).
11. Kelly Oxford: She’s more than just a Twitter celebrity (though her tweets are both hilarious and topical -- perfect for The Daily Show). She’s a New York Times Best Selling author, a screenwriter, and a blogger. Plus, if someone can become actually famous off of Vine, we should have no problem giving an actually intelligent and talented women a spot in late night based on her consistently thoughtful writing.
12. Sarah Koenig: This is the dark horse of the list, but Koenig was one of the most talked about guests on sister show The Colbert Report, so there is a connection. She's had incredible success with This American Life and Serial, maybe it’s time to make the move to the small screen. And maybe Adnan Syed could be her first guest. If he gets out of jail.
Now, find out what Jon Stewart has to say about the Brian Williams scandal: