Flashback Friday: Jon Stewart Introduces The Roots On Their TV Debut ca. 95
Last night on a appearance at studio 6B, iconic news satirist and comedian Jon Stewart turned a routine promo stop into a love fest, culminating in a minute-long clip of musical history being made on a late-night program that wasn’t The Tonight Show or The Daily Show. While much of the interview was dedicated to giving his forthcoming directorial debut Rosewater some shine, as things wound down and Stewart began to realize exactly what company he was in, the spotlight made its way to longtime friends, none other than the mighty Roots crew.
After delving into how far back they go, Stewart expressed his admiration of the fellas, their longevity, and his foresight, dating back to 1995, when a spry Jon Stewart introduced the world to the hardest working band in show business on his first late-night program, MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show. It’s a rare glimpse of young Questo, Black Thought, Kamal and OG bass man Leonard Hubbard blazing through “My Mellow My Man” on their inaugural late-night musical moment and the perfect way to cap off your work week. You can watch the ultimate real-recognize-real moment by streaming Jon Stewart appearance on The Tonight Show below.