In March, the network said Oliver had won the Comedy Central lottery by being picked to fill in for Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” for two months this summer. Stewart is heading off to direct his first feature film, “Rosewater.”
That flick details the real-life 118-day imprisonment of journalist Maziar Bahari, who was charged by the Iranian government with spying, shortly after being interviewed in 2009 by “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones, who traveled to Iran to file a series of reports for the show. (Bahari would later appear as a guest on “The Daily Show,” in June 2011.)
Stewart optioned the book Bahari wrote about his experience; Stewart also wrote the script; and is producing the flick.
Oliver is taking Stewart’s place for the eight weeks of original “Daily Show” episodes that coincide with Stewart’s break.