Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' hiatus to begin in June
Jon Stewart's summer vacation from The Daily Show will officially begin on Monday, June 10. He will return on Tuesday, September 3.
In his absence, correspondent John Oliver will assume Daily Show hosting duties while Stewart directs his first feature film, Rosewater. During the 12-week hiatus, Oliver will take over for two months, followed by a month of reruns. Oliver's first week of guests is scheduled to include Seth Rogen, Armando Iannucci, Mavis Staples, and Fareed Zakaria.
"Don't worry," Oliver assured viewers in a press release, "It's still going to be everything that you love about The Daily Show, just without the thing that you love the most about it."
Stewart, who has hosted Comedy Central's signature late-night program since 1999, also wrote the screenplay for Rosewater based on the book Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, BBC journalist Maziar Bahari's account of his 118 days in captivity in Iran when he was accused of spying in 2009. Some of the evidence used against Bahari included his participation in a Daily Show segment featuring correspondent Jason Jones pretending to be a spy.
A standup comedian, Oliver joined The Daily Show in 2006 as its Senior British Correspondent and has appeared in a number of memorable bits over the years. Most recently, he filmed a brilliant three-part series comparing Australia's gun control laws to those of the United States, managing to be entertaining and insightful at the same time.
Will you miss Jon Stewart's exaggerated mugging and Jewish gangster accent this summer?