That was three years ago, and Stewart is long gone, but his legacy is the stable of comedians on late-night television who use the news not just to entertain, but to advocate. It’s gotten harder. Increasingly, over the last three years, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Conan O’Brien, even Jimmy Fallon, even, yes, Jimmy Kimmel, have been handed an unflinching cavalcade of horrors to turn into humor. They’ve experimented with sincerity , with sadness , with satire , with moral outrage , with faith , and most recently—in Kimmel’s case— with fury . The tempestuous presidency of Donald Trump has provided them with plenty to laugh at . And plenty to despair.