As was previously announced John Oliver will take over hosting duties at The Daily Show this summer while Jon Stewart directs his first film. Today, Comedy Central announced Oliver’s start date will be Monday, June 10 and he’ll stay behind the anchor desk until Stewart returns on Tuesday, Sept 3. Actor Seth Rogen, writer/producer Armando Iannucci and CNN host and editor Fareed Zakaria are just some of the guests scheduled – June 10, 11 and 13, respectively – during Oliver’s stint. Veteran gospel singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples will also perform on June 13.
“Don’t worry, 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,” Oliver quipped.
Stewart is set to direct Rosewater, a dramatic adaptation of the memoir And Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, which tells the life story of Canadian-Iranian reporter Maziar Bahari. “I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on, so this is a little scary,” Stewart told the New York Times recently about the project. “But one of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves…and I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”
Bahari traveled to Iran from London in 2009 to cover the embattled country’s presidential election. He was eventually imprisoned in Tehran, where he endured three months of brutal interrogation. The Iranian government “accused [him] of plotting to stage a revolution against the government,” the Times points out, noting that Bahari’s captors used footage – wherein he appeared in a Daily Show field piece – as partial grounds for imprisonment. However, Bahari confirmed in a June 6, 2011 interview The Daily Show had nothing to do with his imprisonment.
The movie, which is still being cast, is scheduled to start shooting in June. On a recent episode of the Minivan Men podcast, comedian Maz Jobrani told co-host Al Madrigal — a correspondent on The Daily Show — he had recently auditioned for a part.