Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Rob Corddry and Ed Helms joined Colbert on stage to watch clips of their early field pieces and to discuss the political satire they mainstreamed.
"I just want to say that the arrangement we have right now is exactly something we would have made fun of on 'The Daily Show' because it looks like a morning show right now," Colbert said after everyone exchanged pleasantries and sat down on a sectional couch.
"I think the thing I am proudest of from 'The Daily Show' is diversity," John Stewart, the longtime host of the show, joked, referencing the all-white cast they had just assembled on stage.
"I think that's what this proves," Colbert agreed.
The six comedians relived the some of the absurd things they had to do for the show, including doing interviews on gay penguins and participating in war-reenactment ceremonies. Colbert told the story when he was chased out of a Klan rally.
Before all the correspondents took the stage, Colbert and Stewart had a personal, one-on-one chat like any late-night host would with a typical guest. But Stewart reminded his old friend that he was not afraid to pull any punches.
"I am not comfortable being here," Stewart said right of the bat. "I hear you have a potty mouth."
Colbert asked Stewart, who now lives on a farm, if he misses hosting a nightly talk show.
"There are nights where I find myself impotently shouting into the abyss, which when you think about wasn't that different form what I did on a nightly basis," Stewart said. "I miss the process of making the show. . . And I miss the people like you and all the great people that were around it."