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"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 - Jon Stewart took over for Craig Kilborn in 1999 - but considering 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.
"Zetabytles. You've actually got to be careful with those. I think that's how Michael Douglas got throat cancer. Boom!"
As THR notes, Stewart's departure from the series is just temporary. He's off directing his first film, and Oliver has stepped in to take over the news series in his absence. Oliver got off to a very funny start in his opening monologue, beginning the episode by addressing news that the government was keeping track of people's phone calls and internet usage, revealing that this news means all the cute British jokes they had planned (teacups, "football" and Mary Poppins gags) would have to be tossed out while we deal with more pressing matters.
Oliver even donned a tinfoil hat for his new segment, Good News, You're Not Paranoid.
John Oliver isn't Jon Stewart, so it's likely that fans will need to adjust to this commentators style of humor, but from what we've seen so far, it looks like he's off to a good start. Good enough for him to earn his own Comedy Central show after Stewart returns? It's probably too soon to tell, but who knows?
Watch Oliver's interview with This is the End's Seth Rogen here:
The Daily Show airs Monday-Thursdays at 11/10c on Comedy Central.