The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's top 5 moments with American politicians

US President Barack Obama (left) at a taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2012.
US President Barack Obama (left) at a taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2012.PHOTO: REUTERS

Comedian Jon Stewart's last episode as host of Comedy Central's satirical news television programme The Daily Show is on Aug 6. During his 16-year stint, he has taken on American politics with wit, honesty and humour. In the process, he turned a parody show into a source of news that is more trusted than the cable channel MSNBC, according to a study by the Brookings Institution in 2014.

His fans are already wondering how they are going to get through the American presidential election in 2016 without him. For those outside of the region who wonder what all the fuss is about, here are five of his top moments - with politicians you might have heard of.

1. Sarah Palin, Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election

The former Alaska Governor made an incoherent speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Jan which included the following gem: "To finally stop this overreaching bureaucracy, we get on offense and drive in solutions - and we be bold."

Stewart said: "Sarah Palin doesn't believe in your liberal elitist 'grammar' and 'syntax'. She be bold."

2. Donald Trump, real estate tycoon who has announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election

His candidate announcement speech in June was jaw-droppingly offensive towards Mexicans. But Stewart pointed out that it's "hard to get mad at Donald Trump for saying stupid things, in the same way you don't get mad at a monkey when it throws poop at you in the zoo. It's a monkey. It's what they do."

3. John McCain, Arizona Senator, Republican nominee in the 2008 presidential election

In June 2014, Stewart went after the politicians who were completely wrong about Iraq and then tried to pin the blame on President Obama. He said: "(Since) John McCain was one of the wrongest before and during the war, it's only fitting that in this current crisis, he was on so many shows, you'd think he just won Dancing With The Stars."

4. Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense

Rumsfeld mixed up Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in a speech in 2004. Stewart noted: "Here's what's amazing: Rumsfeld confusing Saddam and Osama is not the most frightening part of that clip - it's more the deranged, unhinged ranting part."

5. President Barack Obama

President Obama was on the show in Oct 2010 talking about a political appointee doing a "heck of a job" when the host said: "You don't want to use that phrase dude."

The Wall Street Journal noted that it was the first time a sitting president was a guest on the show and added: "It likely marked another first: the first time a president was called 'dude' in a TV interview."