John Oliver's star is rising, thanks to a truly great 7-year run on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Now, he's saying goodbye to the show that kickstarted his career and saying hello to HBO.
HBO has announced that Oliver will star in a "topical comedy series" slated to debut next year. The show will air on HBO's packed Sunday night lineup, and will air weekly.
Earlier this year, Oliver filled in for Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show while the latter worked on a film project. Although it's hard to match Jon Stewart in the late-night comedy arena, John Oliver did a great job - apparently good enough to catch the eye of HBO's programming head Michael Lombardo.
“We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on ‘The Daily Show,’ we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said Lombardo. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
The show will "present a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events," according to HBO - a format that definitely suits Oliver's talents.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now. I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at ‘The Daily Show’ for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault," said Oliver.
Oliver first joined The Daily Show back in 2006. Along with various stand-up specials, Oliver has also had a recurring role on NBC's Community.
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