Comedy Central announced on Wednesday that the British comedian will start hosting the 11:00 p.m. Eastern comedy show beginning on Monday, June 10, where Seth Rogen will serve as his interview guest. The show as a whole will not change substantially when it comes to content during Oliver’s tenure, as some other guests include Armando Iannucci (June 11), Mavis Staples (June 12) and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria (June 13).
As for the reason behind the shift, it has to do with Stewart making his feature directorial debut with the movie “Rosewater.” He is going to be taking time off for eight weeks of taping, and will return to the show on Tuesday, September 3.
As for Oliver, this could be a rather interesting opportunity for him to expand his profile in front of a pretty large audience. He has a relationship with Comedy Central extending beyond just “The Daily Show,” as he has also hosted a stand-up special before. With Chris Hardwick recently scoring his own late-night comedy show running after “The Colbert Report,” it is certainly possible that Oliver could use this time as a chance to convince executives that he is worthy of a show of his own possibly at around 12:30 a.m. four nights a week. Colbert really set the standard when it comes to “Daily Show” personalities landing their own talk-show gigs, and Oliver is really the only other host save for Rob Corddry who has filled in for Stewart during his run.
If you want to read a little bit more on the “Rosewater” production that Stewart is taking off to direct during some of his time away from the show, all you have to do is head on over to the link here.
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