December 20, 2013 |
It's a rare thing to see a comedian get turned into a blubbering mess of tears on national TV, but that's exactly what happened Thursday night as "The Daily Show" bid farewell to one of their own. Longtime correspondent (and recent fill-in host) John Oliver left the show this week to start his own comedy show on HBO. And as a way of sending him off in style, Stewart faked Oliver into thinking he was doing a comedy bit on nuts left around Buckingham Palace for the queen to snack on and then pulled a switcheroo and presented him with a "greatest hits" tribute.
November 15, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out this whole life thing. The Skinny: Thursday I worked from 5:30 a.m. until about 8:10 p.m. and unfortunately I won't be able to mail it in today. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth, this is the life I have chosen. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and Comcast's plans to sell movies through its cable boxes. Also, John Oliver is jumping from Comedy Central to HBO. Daily Dose: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission clarified its rules on foreign ownership of broadcast television and radio properties.
August 16, 2013 |
John Oliver wrapped up his summer-long stint as temporary host of “The Daily Show” on Thursday night, a three-month period which, contrary to conventional wisdom, has been remarkably busy on the news front. Oliver made his debut the very day news of the NSA surveillance scandal broke . And since then, neither the substantive news (the Supreme Court, Egypt) nor the sideshows (Carlos Danger, the royal baby) has slowed down the way it's supposed to in the dog days of summer.
August 14, 2013 |
John Oliver's tenure as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" has gone mostly trouble-free (aside from the studio losing all power before an interview with Aaron Sorkin), but the British comedian may have finally gotten into a bit of hot water by mocking fellow Brit and CNN host, Piers Morgan. Oliver did a segment on Monday's "Daily Show" about CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta changing his mind on medical marijuana, and in the process poked some fun at Morgan, who had told Gupta about the Vicodin he was prescribed after falling off a Segway in 2007 and breaking five ribs.
July 23, 2013 |
The royal baby has finally been born and not since, well, Duchess Kate first announced her pregnancy has the media been swept up in such a frenzy of anglophilia. Even “The Daily Show” got in on the action Monday night. “Obviously, there is a lot to talk about,” began John Oliver. “Who am I kidding? There is exactly one thing to talk about.” FULL COVERAGE: A royal baby is born Following a news clip announcing the baby boy's arrival, the host erupted in a fit of joy. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!
June 12, 2013 |
In his second day at the helm of “The Daily Show,” John Oliver continued to riff on the unfolding story of the National Security Agency's vast phone and Internet surveillance program . On Tuesday night, he focused on parsing the conservative response to the news. In something of a rarity, Republicans so far seem divided into two separate camps -- as Oliver dubbed them, “Team Everybody Calm Down” and “Team Everybody Freak Out.” Representing the former is Arizona Sen. John McCain, who when asked by CNN's Candy Crowley whether he was bothered by the revelations, replied simply, “No, not really.” Oliver's comment: “Nobody understands sophisticated technology better than cantankerous old men. Are you sure we don't want to ask someone younger than dirt?