Jon Stewart Taking Daily Show Break To Direct, But Will John Oliver Be A Good Substitute?

Jon StewartIn bittersweet news, Jon Stewart, star of The Faculty, is taking a break from The Daily Show this summer to pursue directing his first feature film. While I’m very sad that my evenings will be Stewart-free for a short time, I’m also happy that not only is he pursuing something he’s passionate about, but that we’ll get to see a Jon Stewart production in theaters eventually.

Stewart’s film is called Rosewater, and it’s based on the book And Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Bahari, a journalist, traveled to Iran in 2009 to cover the presidential election, and he was held captive there for 118 days. He had been on The Daily Show shortly before that, so Stewart has a connection to the story.

It certainly doesn’t sound like it will be a comedy, but Jon Stewart is so intelligent apart from being absolutely hilarious that I’m sure he can handle a drama. Although his next movie had better be a witty political satire. Got that, Jon?

The part of this news that makes me feel the most uncertain is the fact that correspondent John Oliver will fill in as substitute host while Stewart is gone. I think Oliver is really funny in his correspondent segments on the show, and his English accent is always welcome to my ears. But while I enjoy him in small doses, I’m not sure I’ll have the same positive reaction to him in the main hosting position. What makes Jon Stewart so entertaining to watch, to me, is the way he can tell jokes in a seemingly off-the-cuff manner. John Oliver always seems a little more rehearsed and artificial to me. Not that he isn’t funny, but I feel like it’s the kind of style that’s more suited to shorter, more heavily satirical segments, not covering news or interviewing celebrities.

Plus, since Oliver is usually the go-to guy for prank-interviewing people, I can’t imagine him interviewing guests in the same conversational, down-to-earth manner as Jon Stewart. I feel like it’ll be like The Colbert Report twice in a row each night, but one Stephen Colbert is sufficient.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out. I’ll definitely check out Oliver’s hosting, and maybe he’ll pleasantly surprise me.

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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I love the show, but Jon Stewart is the best part! I don’t know about John Oliver…

    • Katy Hearne

      First of all, I would like to say that Jill O’Rourke. I don’t even know you but that you started this article by referencing The Faculty… I love you. I think. Anyway.
      I mean, John Oliver is great & all, but it won’t be the same. While I love an english nerd just as much as the next guy- Jon Stewart is one of my few childhood celebrity crushes that I will still claim (yeah, I wasn’t a cool kid.). I hate the thought of not seeing him every morning (when I watch the night before’s daily show on Hulu because i’m too stingy for basic cable).
      Heart. Broken.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        It’s basically the best movie about alien teachers ever made. I would feel much better about everything if he were taking a break to film the sequel.

    • nikki

      This is bittersweet news indeed!
      As much as I’m happy to see Stewart stretch his talents beyond The Daily Show, I
      don’t know how I am going to cope without him at the reigns of the show! This
      series is definitely my favorite thing on TV, and it is because of him and his
      unique wit. In fact, I make a point to watch it every single night, despite
      always being stuck at work at DISH while it airs. I just make sure to manage my
      breaks accordingly, so I can still tune in and watch. It’s certainly a lucky
      thing that I’m able to keep up with his show like this even when I’m not at
      home with DISH Anywhere. This nifty app connects my iPad to my home Hopper DVR’s
      live and recorded TV content, so I can watch all my channels like I was at my
      house even when I’m not!