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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.

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