John Oliver's new late night show, Last Week Tonight, premiered yesterday on HBO. It’s obviously a big step for the British expat, formerly of The Daily Show, but in practice, it might not be as big of a challenge for Oliver than you might think. That’s because, on top of being a correspondent for The Daily Show, he’s already been doing a weekly satirical news roundup for nearly seven years now on his podcast, The Bugle.
The Bugle is one of the longest-running and most consistently hilarious podcasts on the internet. Launched in 2007 under the auspices of Rupert Murdoch’s London newspaper The Times, it’s a delightfully cheery review of the [...]
After his June 6th show, Jon Stewart left The Daily Show for a three month hiatus to direct his first movie, the geopolitical prison drama Rosewater, but he's finally back tonight. This is the longest break Stewart has taken from the series since he started hosting it in 1999. Temp host John Oliver did an amazing job and will be missed now that he's just a correspondent now, but it'll be nice to see Stewart back behind the desk. Expect John Oliver to pop up in tonight's episode for a bit where he pretends to be upset with Jon Stewart for taking the show away from him.
"I would give away everything that I have to be a 'Weekend Update' anchor, and I don’t think it will ever happen. It’s one of those things that would have been my dream job, but as I was coming up, SNL never called me. They never asked me to submit a packet or come on board … I’ve always told agents and managers if that job is ever in play, I want to be in the conversation, even if it’s just to have my name brought up in the room. But I would throw everything away to be the 'Weekend Update' anchor."
-Anthony Jeselnik to The AV Club in a long [...]