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Jon Stewart was a big name on the late night TV circuit for 16 years thanks to his tenure as host of The Daily Show. After passing the Daily Show torch to Trevor Noah in 2015, however, Stewart more of less disappeared from television. His biggest appearances over the past couple of years have probably been his cameos on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show. Now, Stewart is poised to make a big return to the small screen with a stand-up comedy special on HBO.

This new HBO comedy special will be Jon Stewart's first stand-up special since 1996, when Jon Stewart: Unleavened aired on HBO. No date or title for the new special has been announced just yet, but we can bet that he'll bring the laughs. Unleavened was a big deal back in 1996, and one of Stewart's highest-profile gigs prior to landing The Daily Show in 1999. The new special should reconnect him to some of his earlier comedy roots and give fans more material than we get from his brief appearances on late night nowadays.

While we don't yet know when Jon Stewart's next stand-up special will air, HBO has set a date for a second television event that will feature Stewart. He has signed on to host the upcoming Night of Too Many Stars charity benefit for autism awareness and services. That event will be presented live on Saturday, November 18. Stewart will host celebrities in stand-up acts, sketches, and short films. Filming will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Interestingly, Jon Stewart actually signed a deal with HBO back in 2015 that many thought would bring him back to the small screen much sooner than November. The four-year production deal didn't involve a new talk show, like the one former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver currently hosts on HBO. His plan was to produce timely content on a daily basis in the form of digital shorts, designed to stream on platforms like HBO NOW and HBO GO. Early estimates placed Stewart's new project at some point in fall 2016, with the intent to bring back back before the 2016 presidential election.

That obviously didn't happen, and it was announced in May that the project was officially cancelled. HBO and Jon Stewart decided that while the project had potential, the technical issues of production and distribution were too difficult to overcome. They did hint that there would be future collaborations; now we know what some of those collaborations will look like. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long to see Stewart back in his stand-up special.

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