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Stewart and Colbert celebrate 'Rockin' Government Shutdown Eve' -- VIDEO

“For those just joining the story in progress, our government is going to shut down in 57 of your Earth minutes,” Jon Stewart declared around 11:03 p.m. ET last night. To mark the occasion, both he and his networkmate Stephen Colbert kicked off their shows with segments celebrating “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve” — though naturally, each comedian put his own spin on the material.

Stewart indulged in his trademark righteous indignation, sniping at Republican explanations for the shutdown – “‘it’s an unconstitutional takings of God-given American–‘ it sounds like ‘a bullsh—ing of random patriotic buzzwordies'” — and comparing the GOP to a losing football team that threatens to shut down the NFL if they’re not awarded more points. (“What I’m saying,” Stewart continued, “is, wouldn’t it be nice if the united states congress aspired to the maturity and problem-solving capacity of football players?”) The Daily Show host ended the bit with his very favorite Willy Wonka clip — words that Republicans should heed, since they’re coming from “a small business owner.”

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Piers Morgan makes Twitter dig at 'Daily Show' Emmy loss: 'It's over for Jon Stewart'

Does Piers Morgan have a beef with Jon Stewart? The British host of CNN’s Piers Morgan Live took to Twitter to react to The Colbert Report winning over The Daily Show for Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys last night:
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'The Daily Show': Jon Stewart makes his triumphant return -- VIDEO

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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

John Oliver bids farewell to 'Daily Show' hosting gig -- how'd he do? VIDEO

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:

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Where has Jon Stewart been all summer? Let John Oliver explain...

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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John Hodgman takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

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John Hodgman, whose end-of-days comedy special John Hodgman: Ragnarok is currently streaming on Netflix, hadn’t yet seen Man of Steel when he visited EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, so he couldn’t weigh in on Superman’s mass-casualty battle with General Zod (Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Shannon) for Earth, or the ending that had everyone talking. “I know what it is: Superman flies around the Earth and reverses its orbit such that time goes backwards and Zod takes a job in the alcohol enforcement division of the IRS and starts busting bootleggers in Atlantic City during Prohibition. Is that what happens?” he said.

Hodgman could, however, dip into the debate about whether Superman (Henry Cavill) needs to lighten up. “Here’s the thing: I am a big Zack Synder fan. I want anything that you take from my mouth to be prefaced by this: I loved Watchmen, loved Dawn of the Dead. I think 300 is one of the most important American movies of the 2000s, without question. I’m not joking. It’s groundbreaking cinema. But if there’s a Superman movie, I want to be able to take my 7-year-old to see it! Just like I want to be able to take my 7-year-old to see a Batman movie. They’re comic books, everybody,” he said. “I loved the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, and I bet you I’ll love the Superman movie, too. That’s because I’m a big, overgrown juvenile nerd. But I equally — and perhaps even a little bit more — love watching Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoons with my son, because that’s what they’re supposed to be. Thought-provoking — you can do that with comics. Deep, heavy — you can do that with comics. But also entertaining and distracting and not traumatizing for children — another thing you can do with comics.”

For more of Hodgman’s musings on pop culture — including why it pays to have MythBusters‘ Adam Savage, who expertly replicates props from beloved movies in his downtime, as a hero-turned-friend — watch his Personality Test below. READ FULL STORY

'The Daily Show': Bearded Jon Stewart Skypes in

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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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John Oliver on ‘The Daily Show’: A look back at his best segments — VIDEO

'Daily Show': How does John Oliver's debut compare to Jon Stewart's? Watch both! -- VIDEO

Did you catch John Oliver on The Daily Show last night? The longtime correspondent took over for Stewart for the first show of his three-month substitution and, well, he didn’t suck! It speaks to The Daily Show‘s strong writers that for many fans — save for an accent — there wasn’t a huge difference in performance.

Of course, it’s hardly fair to compare Oliver’s one 30-minute show to Stewart’s standard. Stewart has had 14 years to develop the smart and snarky on-air persona we all know, love and already miss. But that’s where the mighty Internet comes in. Thanks to the World Wide Web, viewers can look back on a time when Stewart was the new kid on the block, specifically January 1999. That Stewart sure is a different (and, man, noticeably younger-looking!) guy than the man who regularly yells at fans about Fox News circa 2013. The show back then was goofier, more irreverent (there was an interview with the munchkins from Wizard of Oz! For real!) and, I guess, less important-feeling?

Oliver’s Daily Show With Jon Stewart feels more like The Daily Show than Stewart’s first outing did, despite one Jo(h)n’s presence over another. Check them both out below (and brace yourself for a whole host of Monica Lewinsky jokes!) and then let’s discuss.
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John Oliver hosting 'The Daily Show': So, how did he do?

Americans love it when British people criticize us. Get Simon Cowell to insult our singing, or Gordon Ramsay to rant about our cooking, or Len Goodman to scrutinize our dancing, and we’ll be very happy. And we might have to fight another Revolutionary War before we understand the reasons why. English journalist and former Top Chef judge Toby Young once theorized that Americans love getting chastised by folks in the U.K. because it reminds us of the days when the United States was still a British colony. He thinks this memory allows us to believe that we’re still underdogs instead of the overbearing imperial power that we’ve become. In light of all this, I have to wonder what Young would make of The Daily Show‘s “senior British correspondent” John Oliver replacing Jon Stewart for the next three months.

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John Oliver on 'The Daily Show': A look back at his best segments -- VIDEO

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Tonight, John Oliver will take over for Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show for three months. Oliver previously told EW he hasn’t been practicing his hosting persona — so it’s anyone’s guess how tonight’s debut may shake out. Will Oliver adopt Stewart’s angry outrage? Will he continue to be an above-it-all smug Brit? Will he become the zaniest version of himself because he’s losing the job regardless in three months, so really, who cares?

We’ll get our answer tonight at 11:00 E.T. One thing is for sure: He certainly won’t run out of material. The IRS scandal, possible government spying and even a Royal baby will all likely dominate the news cycle this summer. For now, get ready by watching 10 of Oliver’s greatest Daily Show moments (“We can change that!”) since joining the show as a Senior British Correspondent in July 2006. READ FULL STORY

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