On Tuesday, news broke that comedian Michael Che, formerly of The Daily Show, will be replacing Cecily Strong as co-anchor of Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update. For a few days, Strong stayed silent about the decision before taking to Instagram to share her thoughts.
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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 has hired another correspondent in the wake of John Oliver’s exit.
Saturday Night Live writer and standup comic Michael Che will join the Comedy Central series in June after he finishes his stint at SNL. The hire follows the exit of Oliver, who launched his new HBO talk show, Last Week Tonight, on Sunday. The Daily Show also recently added Jordan Klepper last March.
Che is an NYC standup comic who joined the SNL writing staff last fall. Che started doing standup in 2010, and since then has won New York’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition, appeared on CBS’ Late Show, and was a regular on VH1’s short-lived Best Week Ever reboot. He’s been writing for SNL since 2013.
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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.
The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
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.
'Parks and Recreation': John Hodgman, Dan Castellaneta to play rival public radio hosts -- EXCLUSIVE
John Hodgman will take his acting expertise to Pawnee and guest-star in an episode of Parks and Recreation. The four-eyed Daily Show contributor/author, who is no stranger to public radio appearances, will assume the role of August Clementine, public radio host and super snobby Eagletonian. The episode also features the return of Derry Murbles (The Simpsons‘ Dan Castellaneta), host of Wamapoke County Public Radio’s Thoughts for Your Thoughts, as Derry is forced to share his show with August now that Eagleton has been absorbed into Pawnee. This merger does not go smoothly.
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Don Yelton, a Republican county official from North Carolina, has resigned his post after his Wednesday night appearance on The Daily Show, in which he made meandering and awkward racial remarks while discussing new state voting laws. Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi had traveled to North Carolina to investigate the effects of the Supreme Court overturning a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and Yelton was interviewed as a supporter of the state’s new voter ID laws.
During their chat, Yelton claimed that the law was not racist, but when it came to discussing himself, Yelton wasn’t so sure. Responding to a statement — not a question, but a statement — from Mandvi that Yelton was not racist, he paused before replying, “Well, I’ve been called a bigot before.” However, “one of my best friends is black.”
He then went on to reference “lazy blacks” and even mention the N-word more than once. He continued to talk until Mandvi finally stopped him with, “You know that we can hear you, right?” Yelton was well aware.
After the video went viral, the Buncombe County Republican Party asked Yelton to resign, in a statement:
“Mr. Yeltons comments are offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party. In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party.
‘Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,’ said Chairman Mitchell. ‘This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.'”
The call for resignation was quickly followed by one from the state GOP. Yelton, speaking with Pete Kaliner on WWNC-570 radio, said that he had resigned.
Watch the segment below, in which Yelton explains how the law will “kick Democrats in the butt”: READ FULL STORY
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.”
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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
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:
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The Daily Show‘s substitute host got off to a solid start on Monday night.
The launch of John Oliver’s 12-week takeover for Jon Stewart delivered 1.5 million viewers and a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating in the national Nielsens. That pretty much exactly matches Stewart’s average in the chair this year.
“Let’s all acknowledge for a moment that this is weird,” Oliver said to kick things off (video below). “This looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird.” Oliver has been a corespondent on Daily Show for seven years. Stewart is taking a break to direct his first film, Rosewater.
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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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