It was just announced that John Oliver, former fill-in host and frequent correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will host is own weekly topical comedy series on Sunday nights on HBO. No specifics have been made as to what type of show it will be, if it will follow a Bill Maher format or if it will include stand-up acts. There is also no announcement if this will have any effect on his involvement with his roles at Comedy Central. All we have is: John Oliver + HBO + topical comedy = awesome Sunday nights starting in 2014.
Stay tuned for more updates.
John Oliver will leave The Daily Show and make HBO is official home in 2014. The show will join Real Time with Bill Maher on Sunday nights. “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 president of programming at HBO Michael Lombardo. Oliver has been on-air at Comedy Central since 2006 and has won 3 Emmys as part of the writing staff in 2009, 2011, and 2012. He guest hosted The Daily Show this past summer while Jon Stewart was directing the feature film Rosewater. “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver stated in the release. “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.”
We’re excited to see what his show at HBO will look like.