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John Oliver's first guest is former NSA director

John Oliver might have promised nudity and f-bombs for his new talk show, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but it sounds like Sunday’s premiere might be a bit more tame.

EW has confirmed that Oliver will launch his new HBO series by welcoming Gen. Keith Alexander, the retired director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, as his first guest. Gen. Alexander officially left the NSA in March of 2013.

In a press release, HBO describes the “topical half-hour comedy series” as “a mix of Oliver’s topical commentary on the previous week’s events, pre-taped pieces and an interview.”

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver debuts Sunday, April 27 at 11 p.m. on HBO.

 

What to expect from 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' -- VIDEO

John Oliver has already promised to give viewers insight on major news stories happening around the world…“eventually.” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which eschews the 24-hour news cycle for a weekly series that curates the top stories — or at least those with the best punch lines — from the previous seven days, is set to premiere April 27 at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.

Until then, the show has posted a few new clips that provide a glimpse at the kind of humor we can expect from the Daily Show alum’s new venture. The two videos feature Last Week web producer Josh Gondelman and parody the GOP’s recent ad campaign targeting hipsters, women and minorities:

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'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver': Watch HBO's first promo -- VIDEO

HBO has released a preview for the new satirical news program Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, from the most trusted relied-upon name in news, former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver.

The show will bring Oliver’s fresh take on the biggest news stories of the day — or week, for that matter. In the preview, Oliver explains how the weekly show will work around constantly changing trends and stories. The voice-over doesn’t seem to understand, but you can watch for yourself below: READ FULL STORY

John Oliver's new show gets title, premiere date

This April, John Oliver will begin delivering last week’s news.

HBO announced Wednesday that its new topical comedy series — starring the former Daily Show correspondent  – has a name: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. (What, The Weekly Show felt too on the nose?) The show, which will present “a satirical look at the week in news, politics, and current events,” is set to debut Sunday, April 27 on HBO.

Oliver joined The Daily Show in 2006 and had what amounted to a two-month-long audition for his own program this past summer, when he filled in for regular host Jon Stewart. He has received three Emmys for his work on Stewart’s writing staff. Oliver is also the host of Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, which showcases both up-and-coming and established comedians.

John Oliver leaving 'The Daily Show' for new HBO series

The bad news: Emmy-award winning comedian John Oliver is leaving The Daily Show, where he’s been serving as a correspondent since 2006.

The good news: He’ll be moving to HBO for a brand-new topical comedy series, slated to launch in 2014. The show will air weekly on Sunday nights.

Oliver caught the cable giant’s eye this summer, when he spent two months filling in for Daily Show host Jon Stewart. “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 HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver added. “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.”

Jon Stewart returns to 'The Daily Show' on Sept. 3

After spending a summer away directing his first feature film, titled Rosewater, Jon Stewart is ready to return to his rightful home: Our television screens.

On Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11 p.m., Stewart will return as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a post he takes back from John Oliver, who offered up many excuses for Stewart’s absence during his summer behind the beloved desk.

Watch the video below to find out if Stewart was actually filming a movie, or if he was really learning how to cobble shoes in a small Italian village: READ FULL STORY

John Oliver shares his best (and worst!) career decisions: 'I thought 'Ghost Rider 2' would be my big break'

John Oliver is in an enviable position. Many people who’ve watched Jon Stewart on The Daily Show over the past 14 years have thought to themselves, “Hey, that’s what I want to do when I grow up” — but Oliver is actually getting to do it.

So why is this 36-year-old British comedian in The Big Chair instead of you? We asked Oliver, one of the 50 stars featured in EW’s New Hollywood Issue (on stands now), just that.

EW: What’s the best career decision you’ve made?

John Oliver: I’ve said yes to everything that Jon Stewart has asked me to do. That’s been a pretty good career decision, I think. That rule has led me to move to America for him, guest host The Daily Show over the summer for him, and smuggle $3 million worth of cocaine out of Columbia for him. Hold on, forget I told you that last one. You’re not going to print that, right? READ FULL STORY

John Oliver talks hosting 'The Daily Show,' his stress nightmares, and his dream guest

Tonight, John Oliver starts a three-month stint hosting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show while Jon Stewart is away directing his debut movie, the drama Rosewater. To hear the British comedian tell it, the decision was a no-brainer.

“Jon called me on the phone to say they’d got the money for the movie and then asked if I would host over the summer,” Oliver explained. “I said yes just automatically. I owe him so much I will do anything he wants, from temporarily hosting a show to disposing of a body. It was only on hanging the phone up that I suddenly thought, ‘Whoa. What have I just agreed to?’”
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John Oliver talks about hosting 'The Daily Show,' and Dan Harmon's possible return to 'Community'

John Oliver thinks it would be “fantastic” if Community creator Dan Harmon returns to oversee the sitcom’s fifth season. On May 25, Harmon tweeted “Yes yes yes! I’m back I’m back I’m back. You can thank @joelmchale” in response to a fan requesting a “straight answer” as to his much rumored return. Oliver, who played recurring character Dr. Ian Duncan during Harmon’s original tenure at the show, said he hadn’t heard anything on the Community grapevine about the showrunner returning “but that would be fantastic.”

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John Oliver's stint as 'Daily Show' host to begin June 10

On June 10, John Oliver will begin his run as guest-host of The Daily Show, while Jon Stewart takes a hiatus to direct his first feature film, Rosewater. Oliver’s first guest will be Seth Rogen.

Oliver has worked at The Daily Show since 2006. Later this summer, he is also set to host the fourth season of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central.

Oliver joked in the press release, ”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.” Stewart returns Tuesday, September 3.

Here’s a clip of Oliver’s stand-up to ease you into the transition:  READ FULL STORY

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