12 Women Who Would Make Great ‘Daily Show’ Hosts in Jon Stewart’s Absence

As we reported yesterday, Jon Stewart is taking a three-month sabbatical from The Daily Show to write and direct a feature adaptation of journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir. During his absence, in addition to the expected summer surplus of reruns, Senior British Correspondent John Oliver will sit in as guest host — and don’t get us wrong for a second, we love us some John Oliver. But we do also wonder if the show might’ve missed an opportunity to address its controversial “woman problem” (and dramatize the staff’s response to it) by placing a funny lady in the host chair. There’s no shortage of them! We’ve got a few suggestions after the jump.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Okay, duh. Obviously, after the bang-up job they did at the Golden Globes, everyone from the Oscars to the Tonys to the ESPYs would like Tina and Amy to host. But let’s remember, they honed that exquisite back-and-forth while sitting at a fake news desk, back in their “Weekend Update” days, and there’s a nice circularity to them taking over the best fake news show in the country. And to be clear, this is just a fantasy, best-case-scenario sorta thing; we’d take either of them solo as well, realizing that Poehler will start shooting the next season of Parks in the second half of the summer. (If it gets renewed, sob.) But Tina has no such conflicts. (Because 30 Rock is over, sob.)