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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"The Daily Show" Senior British Correspondent John Oliver's new show

With the departure of Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Rob Corddry and other "Daily Show" correspondents to bigger and brighter things, it was only time before the show's most recent shining star would get his own show.

Anyone who has watched John Oliver -- aka "The Daily Show" Senior British Correspondent -- over the last three years knows how hilarious he is. Between his accent, his comic timing and his ability to ask the most bizarre questions to important people with a perfectly straight face, Oliver is the best Transatlantic import to hit the New World since "The Office." (Plus, as he admits in this interview with NPR, people assume he knows what he's talking about because of his British accent).

His new show isn't a show as much as a half-hour stand-up special where he hosts some of his favorite comedians, including names like Eugene Mirman, Brian Posehn, Janeane Garofalo, Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal and Paul F. Tompkins. But you can expect plenty of Oliver and visits from other "Daily Show" staples. This video of Oliver and ex-"Daily Show" correspondent Rob Riggle, for example, previewing the show is probably an indicator of what's to come:
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"John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" premieres this Friday at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

-- Malavika Jagannathan,

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