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'Nightly Show' host Larry Wilmore: 'I couldn't have started the show at a better worse time'

Soon, Larry Wilmore will be famous-famous. Right now, he’s what he calls “cable famous”: Many people already know him as the “senior black correspondent” from The Daily Show, and hardcore fans know his work as a TV writer (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In Living Color), showrunner (Black-ish, The Bernie Mac Show), and actor (How I Met Your Mother, The Office). But when his new talk show, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, premieres tonight on Comedy Central, he’ll get noticed on a whole different level. “I have the best type of fame for this moment,” he told EW late last year, during an interview at a New York diner. “The only people who know me are the people who like me already, because they’re fans of The Daily Show.”

As if to prove Wilmore’s point, a scruffy young man in a newsboy cap approaches the table to tell Wilmore he’s a “huge fan.” Wilmore is nice about it. (“Thank you!” he says. “Nice hat! It’s very… appropriate.”) But the whole thing makes him a little nervous. “I’m approaching that area where it’s like, ‘Yeah, I know that guy. He’s not that funny!’he says. “Wait ’til EW does that Who Sucked This Year issue!” Who, us? Never. Standing united with the Huge Fan guy, we talked to Wilmore about what to expect from The Nightly Show, why the networks don’t greenlight more sitcoms like Black-ish, and what it was like to grow up in Catholic school as one of only two people of color in his senior class. Our conversation follows below. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart talks 'The Nightly Show,' Larry Wilmore, and giving a voice to underdogs

In EW’s Forecast issue, we profile Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, who’s helming Comedy Central’s newest late-night series. The show premieres after The Daily Show on January 19—which happens to be Martin Luther King Day. (Wilmore told EW that he already has his first joke: “Yeah, I gotta work. I know!“)

It’s Jon Stewart, though, who actually came up with the concept for the show, with Wilmore in mind to host. “He pitched the idea of a show that would give a platform to underrepresented points of view and underrepresented voices, whether that’s African-Americans, women, first-generation Americans, any group that’s underrepresented,” remembers Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless. We spoke with Stewart about his vision for The Nightly Show, and why there aren’t more diverse voices in late-night television. READ FULL STORY

'Meet the Press with Jon Stewart' was almost an actual thing

With The Colbert Report ending soon, Comedy Central apparently almost lost another staple in its lineup to network television.

New York magazine reports that Jon Stewart was initially approached and in talks with NBC News president Deborah Turness to replace David Gregory on Meet the Press. Gregory, who had hosted the show since 2008, was replaced last month by Chuck Todd. According to sources, the Peacock was prepared to offer The Daily Show host virtually “anything” to make the deal happen. READ FULL STORY

Comedy Central names Stephen Colbert's replacement

The not-long wait is over: The post-Daily Show slot on Comedy Central that is being vacated by The Colbert Report will be filled by The Daily Show‘s Larry Wilmore, who has been named as host of The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore. READ FULL STORY

'The Daily Show' adds Jordan Klepper as new correspondent


Upright Citizens Brigade performer Jordan Klepper has been tapped as a correspondent for The Daily Show.

Klepper will be making his first appearance Monday night, reporting “live” from Ukraine. He joins fellow correspondents Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessica Williams.

Klepper joins the show following John Oliver’s departure last November for his new HBO series Last Week Tonight With John Oliver premiering April 27.

The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

Stephen Colbert on stealing 'Daily Show' Emmy: 'Jon Stewart's streak is not broken'

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys for 10 consecutive years, but the streak was broken Sunday night by a very personal foe: The Colbert Report. And, in the Emmy press room, Stephen Colbert had a tongue-in-cheek explanation for why his show triumphed this time.

“I’m grateful Jon took the summer off during the voting period,” he said of Stewart’s hiatus to film a movie this summer. “Not that John Oliver didn’t do the greatest job ever, but maybe that helped.”

In all seriousness, Colbert spoke earnestly about his time working with Stewart on The Daily Show and how Jon has influenced his career. “He invited us to have a passion and an opinion about what we were writing,” Colbert said. “And he wanted to make sure we had our own thoughts behind what we were saying. And it was from him that I actually learned how to write satirical comedy, which I had never really been a fan of. And he’s still there for me. I can call him anytime, to ask for ideas, to ask for moral support, or ask for the energy to keep doing 160 shows a year. And I’m the luckiest man in the world that he’s my lead-in and he’s the guy I can turn to for advice and for strength.”

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

Jon Stewart defends the freedom to be funny in Egyptian interview -- VIDEO

Going through Jon Stewart withdrawal? You’re in luck. The once-and-future Daily Show host — who is in the Middle East filming his feature-film directorial debut, Rosewater, while John Oliver keeps his seat warm — paid a visit to his Egyptian counterpart for a 20-minute interview that was equal parts serious and hilarious.

Bassem Youssef — who hosts his own satirical news show, Al-Bernameg (The Program), and is referred to as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World” — was accused in April of insulting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith and had a warrant issued for his arrest. Stewart jumped to Youssef’s defense and had him on The Daily Show at the time, and Stewart was happy to return the favor.

When Youssef pointed out that Stewart is “jobless” and asked what he was doing in the Middle East, Stewart responded, “As you know, my people like to wander the desert.” Stewart cracked plenty of jokes throughout the chat (at one point asking if Egypt had ever “considered traffic lights”), but he also fiercely defended Youssef’s right to satire. “If your regime is not strong enough to handle a joke, then you don’t have a regime,” Stewart said to loud applause. “A joke is a joke. There’s an expression — I don’t know if you have it — that’s ‘adding insult to injury.’ Yes, maybe [a joke] is an insult, but it is not an injury. A joke has never ridden a motorcycle into a crowd with a baton. A joke has never shot tear gas into a group of people in a park. It’s just talk.”

Watch the full interview below:

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?'”

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.”


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

Jon Stewart to take summer off from 'The Daily Show' to direct a movie

Your topical politics jokes are getting a British twist this summer: Jon Stewart will be taking a hiatus from The Daily Show, and correspondent John Oliver will be filling in as host, EW has confirmed.

Stewart is taking the time off to direct his first feature film, Rosewater. He also wrote the script, based on the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, which is BBC journalist Maziar Bahari account of his 118 days in captivity in Iran in 2009.

Deadline, which originally reported the news and says the hiatus will cover eight weeks of new shows, points out that Stewart’s interest in the project has a personal twist: After Bahari was accused of spying, one of the items used against him was an appearance he made on The Daily Show.

Check out a 2011 Daily Show interview with Bahari below: READ FULL STORY


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