August 7th, 2015 By Jim Fenhagen
Senior Designer Larry Hartman and I were at the screening of the last Daily Show last night and continued on to the party on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. It was an amazing evening, though bittersweet.
I am so glad that I was part of Jon’s run at The Daily Show, a run that will be getting an encore—we found out that parts of our set will live on permanently at the Newseum in DC. That’s cool!
The party was under a huge open tent on the top deck of the huge aircraft carrier. Jon’s favorite foods were served including a Shake Shack booth for burgers and milkshakes. There was a great bar setup too, with a DJ and a fireworks show over the Hudson River which completely surprised Jon. I also had the chance to chat with Daily Show correspondents past and present, many of whom we have created sets for, including John Oliver and Larry Wilmore, and talked shop with Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, who we are currently creating new sets for. We received a warm goodbye from Jon, who thanked us for our work. He is a class act, and I hope we work together again.