Seems you can hardly go to the movies these days without spotting someone from 'The Daily Show' on the screen. If you go to the multiplex this weekend, you might see Samantha Bee and Rob Riggle in the new 'Furry Vengeance,' or Steve Carell in 'Date Night,' or Rob Corddry in 'Hot Tub Time Machine.'

'The Daily Show' has joined 'Saturday Night Live' as one of Hollywood's favorite talent farms for comic performers, with the show's deadpan absurdity and merciless lampooning of authority rapidly becoming the default mode of comedy performance.

Besides spawning such all-stars as Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Ed Helms, the Comedy Central mock newscast has served as a launchpad for suddenly busy comedic character actors like Riggle, Corddry, Rachael Harris, John Hodgman (the PC in those Apple "I'm a Mac" spots), and Lewis Black. Kristen Schaal's work on 'TDS' and 'Flight of the Conchords' (she played stalker/fan Mel) has led to appearances in five movies in 2010, with more on the way.

Here are some of the most noteworthy names who've used their time as Jon Stewart's correspondents as springboards to busy careers in movies and TV.
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