Stephen Colbert pulled off an epic 'Daily Show' reunion that'll make fans go nuts

Stephen Colbert assembled an elite group of "Daily Show" alumni to walk down memory lane, and to weigh in on current events.

In addition to former host Jon Stewart, who's also an executive producer on CBS's "Late Show," Colbert brought on former correspondents of the Comedy Central show: Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Rob Corddry, and Ed Helms. (Colbert also got his start appearing on "The Daily Show.")

"This arrangement we have right now is exactly something we would have made fun of on 'The Daily Show,'" Colbert joked as the stars took their places on the "Late Show" sofa. Still, it was likely a joy for anyone who fondly remembers the old glory days of "The Daily Show."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Stephen Colbert attends 'Rei Kawakubo/Commes Des Garcons: Art of the In-Between' at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic))
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Stephen Colbert (L) and Evelyn McGee attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
MONTCLAIR, NJ - APRIL 30: Stephen Colbert and John Turturro arrive at Conversation Series Discussion at the Montclair Film Festival 2017 Day Three on April 30, 2017 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Montclair Film Festival)
MONTCLAIR, NJ - APRIL 28: Stephen Colbert and Dolores Huerta arrive at Montclair Film Festival 2017 Opening Night on April 28, 2017 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Montclair Film Festival)
NEW YORK - APRIL 25: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest John Legend, Kelly Osbourne, Dr John during Tuesday's 4/25/20 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 17: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Monday's 04/17/17 show in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 6: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on *Thursday, April 6, 2017 Special Hybrid Episode: Jessica Lange; Bassem Youssef; Judy Gold. (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Evelyn McGee-Colbert and Stephen Colbert attends 'The Play That Goes Wrong' Broadway Opening Night at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 27: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing Tuesday March 27, 2017 with Lily Tomlin & Jane Fonda; Jay Chandrasekhar; musical performance by Aimee Mann (Photo by Richard Boeth/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 31: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing Friday March 31, 2017 with Susan Sarandon, Joey McIntyre, Robert Klein. (Photo by Richard Boeth/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 21: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 with guest Ryan Reynolds (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 14: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing Tuesday, March 14, 2017 with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Todd Barry. (Photo by Timothy Kuratek/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 13: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, interviews with Ewan McGregor, Finn Wittrock and musical performance by The Shins on Monday's taping in New York. Pictured left to right: Finn Wittrock and Stephen Colbert. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 6: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing Monday, March 6, 2017 with Judd Apatow. (Photo by Timothy Kuratek/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 6: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing Monday, March 6, 2017 with Anderson Cooper, Judd Apatow and musical performance by Jidenna. (Photo by Timothy Kuratek/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 28: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing Tuesday February 28, 2017 with Lisa Kudrow; former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest; comedian Tony Rock. (Photo by Richard Boeth/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 with guests Julie Andrews; Christina Hendricks (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)
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Bee, who has moved on to host TBS's "Full Frontal," spoke of the many far-flung destinations she traveled to for "The Daily Show" and what it took to pull off the show's humorous sketches based on the news.

"I would spend days with the worst people you could possibly imagine," she said. "You'd have to engage in this big sketch you've done. You have to be really nice to them all day."

Many of the other former "Daily Show" stars have also moved on to fruitful careers. Oliver now hosts the HBO show "Last Week Tonight," while Helms and Corddry have shifted to successful film and TV careers. Helms starred in the "Hangover" film franchise, and Corddry has been on beloved shows like "Ballers" and "Childrens Hospital."

Colbert acknowledged Stewart's role in their careers.

"I wouldn't have this gig or any gig if it hadn't been for this man," he said.

The last time all five people appeared on TV together was during Stewart's "Daily Show" farewell in 2015, along with most of the correspondents from the show's history.

Stewart described his more mature appearance compared to the former correspondents' younger looks with a reference to the 1995 movie "Mr. Holland's Opus": "This really does look like a group of students coming back to see Mr. Holland. It's the end, and I've done it all."

The crew also put together a "flashback" sketch going back to Colbert's last day on "The Daily Show" in 2005 before his own "Colbert Report" started, during the George W. Bush presidential administration, and got in some sharp jokes about how things have changed.

Watch the "Daily Show" reunion below:

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