Bruce Springsteen and a collection of all-star comedians will headline the eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver, and NBC’s Brian Williams are already confirmed, and several surprise guests are expected. The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival, has raised millions for injured military veterans and their families. READ FULL STORY
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Comedian John Oliver is pretty psyched about the start of the 2014 World Cup today — not that he needs an excuse to talk about soccer.
The British host of Last Week Tonight stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday to chat about their late-night gigs and controversial segments, which led to Oliver’s impassioned rhapsody on football. The backstory: On Sunday, the former Daily Show correspondent delivered a poignant rant about the corruption of FIFA — the organization behind the World Cup — via his HBO show. When Meyers brought it up, Oliver compared the group to the antihero of Breaking Bad: “FIFA is awful, but the product they push is amazing. They’re Walter White,” he says. “If you get hooked on their magnificent blue meth of a sport, then you want nothing else.”
Oliver went on to admit that most education in Britain comes from reading headlines about the nation’s various soccer players. When David Beckham broke his foot, for example, all of England subsequently learned what a second metatarsal is.
As for the chances of the English and American squads at the World Cup, Oliver offered bleak predictions. “I would prepare yourselves for winning zero out of three games,” he advised U.S. fans. His wry observation on the German coach of the American team cutting the nation’s most well-known player, Landon Donovan, won’t soften the blow. Take a look at the full clip below: READ FULL STORY
Among Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad’s many sins is his poor taste in music. CNN recently learned that the Middle Eastern president has been buying music off iTunes — and that his purchases include “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO and “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown. Chris Brown? Really, Assad?
Assad also purchased a song by Right Said Fred, the band behind the early ’90s hit “I’m Too Sexy.” So naturally, John Oliver brought the group onto Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, where they returned the favor (sort of). Brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass performed a custom version of their most popular song, replacing lyrics like “I’m a model, you know what I mean” with “You’re a monster, we hate your regime.” They even generously offered to refund Assad on his purchase, singing, “Stop downloading our tracks, here’s your money back!”
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The fear with Last Week Tonight is that it’s The Daily Show except once a week — a staggered timeline that would rob the basic news-punning format of its intrinsic topical punch. John Oliver’s new show has the familiar rhythms of the show that bore him: Description of news item, comical montage of actual news networks covering said news in an increasingly hysterical fashion, follow-up punchline. Oliver has been with The Daily Show since 2006; he’s one of the longest-serving correspondents, behind Stephen Colbert and the eternal Bee/Jones double act. The first episode of his HBO series didn’t stray far from the Stewart mothership, stylistically. He might be on a premium cable network, but he actually swore less than Stewart, who has made a running joke out of Comedy Central’s basic-cable bleeps. READ FULL STORY
Sadly, Jo(h)ns Oliver and Stewart did not bring back the Carlos Danger dance when the former Daily Show correspondent stopped by his old stomping grounds last night.
The pair did, however, discuss Oliver’s new series, Last Week Tonight, which debuts on HBO Sunday. And you know what that means: “HBO will let me say whatever the f— I want!” Oliver bragged to his old boss. Additionally, we can expect a whole lotta nudity: “I’m pantless for the first three episodes.”
But seriously, folks: It’s a treat to watch Oliver and Stewart reunited, and both comedians were clearly thrilled to be in each others’ company again. Watch the magic happen below — after a brief decoy segment about the royal family’s recent tour of Australia and New Zealand. (The bit involves TDS‘s new senior British correspondent, “Jessica Smythe-Williams,” as well as Oliver’s reaction to meeting his American replacement Jordan Klepper. Pip pip!)
John Oliver isn’t ready to be face-on-a-billboard famous.
The comedian may be about to launch his own weekly show — but as Oliver explained to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Tuesday night, he still feels weird about things like posing for magazine covers.
After gracing the front of The Hollywood Reporter, Oliver “had to go to the launch party, and they asked what is it like [to be on the cover]. And I said, ‘It makes me feel nauseous and uncomfortable,'” explained the host of HBO’s upcoming series Last Week Tonight. “I looked up at the man interviewing me and realized that wasn’t the right answer.”
As of Sept. 3, Stephen Colbert’s worst nightmare is finally over. Jon Stewart, once and future fake news maven, has emerged from the Jordanian desert to take his rightful place at the Daily Show‘s anchor desk. (Sure, John Oliver did a great job filling in for his boss over the past 12 weeks — but as Colbert noted on his own show tonight, there’s just something morally reprehensible about getting news from someone with an English accent.)
Of course, Stewart’s transition from Hiatus Jon to Business-as-Usual Jon wasn’t entirely smooth. READ FULL STORY
Can The Daily Show with Jon Stewart survive even without Jon Stewart?
After this summer’s Great Oliver Experiment, it’s safe to answer that question with a “yes.” Sure, it took a few weeks for John Oliver to get comfortable in the anchor’s chair. Once he did, though, the Brit proved that he’s got enough affable charm to ably fill Stewart’s formidable shoes — as well as a winning, self-deprecating attitude that automatically made viewers want to root for his success.
Throughout the summer, Oliver worked hard to keep reminding us that his hosting stint would only be temporary. (See, for example, the lies about Stewart’s whereabouts that opened every single Oliver episode; he never let the audience forget that he was just filling in for the show’s real host.) But if there’s any justice, Oliver won’t have to say a second stringer for long. Over the past three months, he demonstrated that he’s ready and able to carry his own show — or to take over for Stewart permanently if and when the longtime Daily Show host decides to step down from the perch he’s held for the past 14 years.
It helped, of course, that Oliver happened to luck into a summer filled with juicy stories including the search for Edward Snowden, Paula Deen’s racism snafu, and the United Kingdom’s royal baby. When you see each of them mentioned in quick succession, it’s kind of hard to believe that just three months could hold this much ridiculosity:
For the past nine weeks, viewers expecting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to live up to its name have been in for a rude awakening.
Aside from one quick Skype visit, Stewart himself has been nowhere to be found. Instead, the show’s been helmed by another, more “h”-happy John: John Oliver, who stepped in for Stewart on June 10.
In reality, Stewart took the summer off to film a movie in the Middle East. But explaining that over and over again would have gotten pretty boring pretty fast — which is why Oliver has instead opened each of the show’s past 31 episodes with a new, ridiculous explanation for where Stewart’s actually been hiding.
Before Oliver sits down at the anchor’s desk one last time tonight, relive his tenure as Daily Show host by reading every single one of those excuses — some of which come with an awesome photo illustration, courtesy of TDS‘s graphics department. (Many of the lines double as reminders about this summer’s biggest news stories; remember when that red panda escaped from the National Zoo?) Sure, we’ve missed Jon the First — but these jokes are reason enough to celebrate his scrappy British replacement.
“I am John Oliver — still here for Jon Stewart, who…
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Jon Stewart, who sort of looks like The Santa Clause now, beamed in to The Daily Show via Skype Thursday “from somewhere far, far away” to let John Oliver know he’s doing a phenomenal job as temporary host while Stewart directs a movie, the geopolitical thriller Rosewater. Check out that beard! “When you get off the plane in the plane in the Middle East, they give it to you, like Hawaiians give you a lei,” Stewart joked.
Stewart claimed he hasn’t been able to keep up with The Daily Show, mostly because it’s too weird — “It’s like watching someone have sex with your wife’s desk,” he confided in Oliver. Stewart assures his team he misses them “like crazy cakes” and can’t wait to return after Labor Day.
“This has been exciting and invigorating, but weird as hell,” said Stewart.
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