US President Barack Obama and host Jon Stewart speaking during a break in the live taping of Comedy Central’s "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. AFP/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night TV hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and a chance for new voices.David Letterman is gone, taking his unmatched ability to have serious conversations with public figures and not skimp on humor. Jon Stewart exits next month, along with a research team that allowed him to bust politicians and journalists for hypocrisy.Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Larry Wilmore and Kate McKinnon are the most likely comic stars to emerge for Decision 2016 .Colbert, who will compete in the same time slot with Fallon and Kimmel starting in September, hasn't talked much about the new show other than saying he won't be playing a character like he did on Comedy Central.Meyers admired Letterman's ability to make an interview feel unscripted. His appearance with Cruz showed the host's ability to stand toe-to-toe with a political guest for a substantive conversation with some laugh lines. Stewart's take on a day's events will be missed more than his interviews.Tina Fey, with her dead-on Sarah Palin impersonation, was the comic star of the 2008 presidential campaign.
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