The Daily Show has seen a lot of talented comedians come and go under the tutelage of Jon Stewart, and none have followed in his footsteps quite as closely as John Oliver. Well, his footsteps led to HBO instead of Comedy Central, but you get me.
Jon Stewart’s popularity stems from his ability to wring legitimacy out of satire, and his name was tossed into the mix in internet discussions over who should replace satire master David Letterman after his imminent retirement. But Stewart wanted nothing to do with it.
Comedy Central is already losing one of its biggest ratings bringers when Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report finishes its run at the end of the year. Now, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has spoken out to talk about his own contract expiring in 2015, and his comments aren’t as reassuring as fans would hope.
Let’s all give a big round of welcoming applause to The Daily Show’s Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore, who will host the half-eponymous news panel series The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.
The series’ half-hour runtime is a perfect blend of depth and brevity, skipping from topic to topic while rooting around each one long enough to make sure you’re fully aware of how ludicrous this subject matter actually is.
John Oliver, former correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, finally has a premiere date and title for his upcoming satirical news show on HBO. And on Sunday, April 27th we will all — at long last — be invited to check out Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for the first time at 11PM.
There are plenty of tributes being ushered out into the world in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The recent (and if we’re being honest, devastating) loss of the esteemed actor came as a shocking blow to the entertainment community in addition to the world at large. So it’s no surprise that Jon Stewart used his typical end-of-episode “Moment of Zen” on The Daily Show to honor the late actor.
Samantha Bee has always been a comedic dynamo when it comes to her reporting and varied contributions on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but Tuesday night the esteemed comedian took it to a whole ‘nother level with her staggering commitment and subsequent hilarity played out in an incredible performance art piece regarding the roundtable antics of Fox News’ afternoon news program, The Five.
Regardless, for Oliver's big night, Stewart and The Daily Show staff put together a really touching video that looked at Oliver’s more than seven years of experience, as well as spotlighted a few of the funniest moments from his Daily Show career.
Comedian John Oliver has spent a lot of time with The Daily Show. He’s been a correspondent since 2006, but now the Emmy award-winner is moving on to a brand new project. Unlike Stephen Colbert, who stuck with Comedy Central after leaving The Daily Show, Oliver will be hopping over to the subscription cable network HBO. He’s signed a deal to star in his own topical series that will air on the network in 2014.
There were a lot of upsets, obvious wins, and sort-of surprises during last night's 2013 Emmy Awards telecast. The win that was likely the most impressive but the least talked about was Stephen Colbert’s dethroning of John Stewart’s The Daily Show for the first time in a decade.
By the time John Oliver really hit his stride as the temporary host of The Daily Show, it became easy to stop hoping for Jon Stewart's return-- something I'm not sure any fans of the show could have imagined when Stewart first announced he'd take the summer off to direct a movie. But now that Stewart really is back, and Oliver is returning to the correspondent's chair… man is it good to see that clean-shaven face again
"Welcome to The Daily Show. I am John Oliver and let's all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird," Oliver said in his opening for last night's episode. And he's kind of right. He isn't the first new host of The Daily Show, but considering Jon Stewart's been doing it for more than a decade it is a little strange to see someone new (temporarily) serving as host of the series. But I suppose fans will get used to the shift over time as the summer progresses. And based on Oliver's open, it looks like we're in for a funny summer.
"To Boston. Thank you. Thank you for once again, in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country," Jon Stewart told the people of Boston when addressing the Marathon bombing at the start of last night's Daily Show. The host went on to equate New York's competitive spirit with Boston to sibling rivalry. "We are your brothers and sisters in this type of event," he said.
Long running TV programs often take a few weeks off in the summer, but apparently John Stewart is really blocking off a huge chunk of the summer to devote to other projects, despite The Daily Show still airing for part of the time. Daily Show correspondent John Oliver will fill in for eight weeks during Stewart’s leave.