‘The Daily Show’ Signs Up Josh Johnson, Troy Iwata & Grace Kuhlenschmidt As Correspondents

EXCLUSIVE: After finding its new host in the returning Jon Stewart, The Daily Show is staffing up.

The Comedy Central series has signed up three new correspondents to its news team: Troy Iwata, Josh Johnson, Grace Kuhlenschmidt.

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They are the first new correspondents to join the show in six years, since the arrival of Jaboukie Young-White, who joined in 2018 and left in 2021. The last new correspondent still on the show was Dulcé Sloan, who joined in September 2017 (Jordan Klepper returned in December 2019 having previously been featured on the show).

Iwata and Kuhlenschmidt joined the show in October 2023 and Johnson, who was previously a writer on the show, made his on-screen debut in February. The move to official correspondents just happened, despite being on the show for a few months.

They join Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic, Michael Kosta, Lewis Black, Klepper, and Sloan. However, the new trio will not be sharing hosting duties on Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Troy Iwata made his debut the same night that The Daily Show debuted a pair of co-hosts in Michael Kosta and Ronny Chieng. He kicked off with a segment about book banning.

Iwata has starred in series such as Apple’s WeCrashed, alongside Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, and Netflix’s Dash & Lily and has also featured in shows such as NBC’s New Amsterdam and The CW’s Katy Keene.

Kuhlenschmidt kicked off the week that Desus Nice was hosting, starring in a skit alongside Kosta about the hypothetical offer of $500,000 or lunch with Jay-Z. Kuhlenschmidt is a stand-up comedian, actress and writer, who recurred in the final season of Max’s Search Party and was in the first season of Peacock’s Killing It.

Johnson has been a writer on the show since 2017, when Trevor Noah was host. He made his late-night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and previously auditioned for The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. He has released stand-up specials on Comedy Central, was part of Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup and has been out on the road with Noah as part of the Loud & Clear tour.

He also hosted a podcast with Sloan. “We were friends even before we both ended up at the show, so our senses of humor complement each other in pieces,” he told Deadline in 2020.

Jon Stewart was unveiled as the surprise host of The Daily Show in January and he hosts every Monday through the 2024 election cycle. He started on February 12 and will exec produce every episode of the show through 2024 and 2025 to “shape” the next chapter of the franchise.

This reunited him with showrunner and exec producer Jen Flanz, who started as a production assistant and has been with the show for more than 25 years. Stewart’s manager James “Baby Doll” Dixon also has been brought on as an exec producer.

His return scored big numbers for Comedy Central, becoming the most-watched episode of the show in five years and it has continued to perform well. Ratings for Stewart-hosted episodes, as well as episodes hosted by the correspondents, have outperformed that of the guest hosts last year as well as the final episodes of Trevor Noah’s tenure in 2022.

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