Fans in New York City line up for Jon Stewart’s last taping of “The Daily Show”

Fans in New York City wait for hours to see Jon Stewart’s 16-year stint as the host of “The Daily Show” come to an end.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 06, 2015) (REUTERS) – Fans of Jon Stewart lined up in New York City on Thursday (August 06) to bid farewell to the comedian as he ends his 16-year stint at “The Daily Show.”

“I’ve been here since 2:30 (a.m.),” said Chad Lance.

“He had ‘The Daily Show’ on MTV, it was the first show I watched. Marilyn Manson jumped on his back, I’d never seen anything like that and I was like, ‘that’s the kind of adult I want to be, someone who has rock stars jump on his back.'”

“Jon Stewart represents not just comedy, but he’s able to make fun of both sides,” said Kari Lynn Hearn.

“He represents what all of us think about the political system in general and he can add some comedy to it. We’re able to laugh at ourselves and laugh at everybody else in the system.”

Stewart, who announced his departure in February, leaves thousands of grieving fans and an outpouring of media tributes debating his legacy as the nation’s most popular political satirist.

“I just love the way that he has no filter on who he criticizes,” said Devin Kennamer.

“He tells it like it is. He has exposed us to issues that are really important like the way that the media is treated in Iran, the way that we treat our veterans when they come home while the sensationalist media is following a cruise ship that’s being towed into Mobile Bay. He’s brought news to people that probably aren’t normally interested in the news and he made it interesting and for those of us that are interested in the news, we’re getting the real stuff, we’re getting the stuff that matters.”

With its biting satire, juxtaposed TV news clips, “fake news” correspondents, and “Moment of Zen” sign-off, Stewart’s influence on political life and pop culture far outweighed the show’s small, under two million nightly Comedy Central audience.

“I’ve been waiting out here since 6:30 this morning because I love Jon Stewart,” said Dan McGhee.

His perspective at looking at things is so much more. It offers a different viewpoint. He says the things that the mainstream media might not be able to say but need to be said.”

More than 200,000 people turned out for his 2010 Washington “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” with Stephen Colbert. His “Daily Show” won 18 Emmy Awards in as many years.

Stewart, a stand up comedian who last year released his first movie – the political drama “Rosewater” – has given few clues as to what he will do next.