Jon Stewart spent his penultimate taping in the host's chair at The Daily Show on Wednesday night making fun of, umm, himself.

Pointing out the news headlines that have praised his "diamond-tipped drill bit of ridicule" over the years, Stewart took a quick look at all the classic targets his writers had managed to "eviscerate", "demolish" and "annihilate" with his "laser guided satire".

Sadly though, as he took stock, Stewart realised that despite his best efforts, his enemies are alive and kicking.

He's tried to take on terrorists ("I hit Isis with a really good pun... maybe they didn't see it"), racism ("I think we swept up that centuries old saga of stagnant repression and inequality rather nicely") bankers ("Take that, one guy!") and of course. arch-enemy Fox News, who are... deciding which Republican presidential candidates get airtime in the primary debates.

Finding out The Daily Show is not the destroyer of worlds he thought it was triggered somewhat of an existential crisis for poor old Stewart. Picking up a Yorick skull and struggling not to laugh, he gave us his best Hamlet impression:

Hath my efforts all been for naught? As I shuffle off this basic cable coil, must I discover my years of evisceration have em-bettered nothing? Sixteen years of barbs and jeers spurred none to greatness...

It's OK, Jon. You've got to laugh or you'll cry, right?

Watch the segment in full below:

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