Senior British Correspondent on The Daily Show, John Oliver, is taking over hosting duties on the programme from tonight for the rest of the summer.
Long-time host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, is taking some time off the show to allow him to shoot his first feature film Rosewater in the Middle East for 12 weeks.
John Oliver started off his career as a standup comedian gigging in and around London, then made a break onto BBC TV with weekly satirical comedy panel show Mock The Week, and moved to New York when he was 29 years old to become Senior British Correspondent on Comedy Central favourite The Daily Show.
In a phone interview with BuzzFeed he recalls his first appearance on The Daily Show – “I just finished the thing and it all happened in a blur, and J.K. Rowling was sitting in the audience… and I could have presumed I just hallucinated it. And then she came around afterwards, just to say, ‘Well done.'”. With John starstruck he said “she kind of gave me a hug and told me to calm down”.
It will certainly be interesting to see how John Oliver does hosting The Daily Show over the summer especially covering British news stories such as the upcoming birth of the royal baby.
John Oliver’s first show is tonight (airing tomorrow on Comedy Central UK) with guest Seth Rogen, British comedy writer Armando Iannucci on Tuesday then Mavis Staples on Wednesday with Fareed Zakaria on Thursday.