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John Oliver Shares His Terrifying Times

Stand-up comedian John Oliver

Having wowed The Daily Show faithful with his poker-faced topical barbs, John Oliver steps away from Jon Stewart's green screens and onto the stage of New York City's Symphony Space for his first American stand-up special, John Oliver: Terrifying Times (tonight at 10 pm/ET, Comedy Central). We asked this one-man British invasion to give us his impressions of the Land of the Free. TVGuide.com: Any special message for the Colonies in your first stand-up special? John Oliver: It's so good to hear that word, "colonies." I want to reassure Americans that empires die, and you won't be blamed forever. We were destroying the world long before you were. People just see [Britain] as a benign, ex-aggressive uncle now. It’s all going to be fine. TVGuide.com: What topics do you address? read more

Jeers: Hillary's Daily Delay

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Jeers to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's satellite interview with Hillary Clinton. Comedy is all about timing, and almost any attempt at humor was squelched by the awkward pauses and overlaps caused by having Stewart chat from his Manhattan studio with Clinton, who was in front of a roomful of catatonic supporters in Austin, Texas. Did Clinton's handlers (and Stewart's producers) learn nothing from George W. Bush's disastrous satellite interview with David Letterman in 2000? It's telling that Clinton got her biggest laugh when she agreed with Stewart that talking to him on the eve of the Texas and Ohio primaries was "pretty pathetic." She said it — not me.• Read and react to Bruce's opinions on FX's Dirt, American Idol versus Project Runway , and more!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Hillary Clinton to Appear on The Daily Show

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She's already done a top 10. She's had a heart-to-heart with Tyra. And now, Hillary Clinton is set to appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday, March 3 (11 pm/ET, Comedy Central). While she has appeared on the show once before, Monday's ep will be her first appearance since announcing her candidacy for president. Stewart, who also hosted last Sunday's Academy Awards, has had a number of other candidates on his show, which has ongoing election programming as part of its Indecision 2008 series. Among the candidates present and past who've sat down with Stewart are John Edwards, who announced his 2004 campaign on the show, Rudy Giuliani (remember him?), Barack Obama and others. How will Hillary measure up? Will she impress the pants off Stewart and his audience? Or just seem less witty in the face of his searing humor? — Anna Dimond read more

Best Valentines Day Videos

ABC’s Hottest Smooch SessionsIn honor of the all the love in the air on this fine Valentine’s Day, ABC found it fitting to whip up a little montage of some of the sexiest kissing scenes (and sometimes a tad more) to get everyone in the spirit. And don’t worry, they've covered almost every show they have, complete with the Sawyer-Kate cage hook-up and the infamous Gizzy romp in the sheets. This video can be summed up best as face-sucking at its finest. Watch it now! | More online videosHas Valentine's Day Become a Secular Orgy?Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day wasn’t created for the sole purpose of making single people cry. Daily Show correspondent, Nate Corddry delved into the world of chocolate thongs, greeting cards and lingerie to figure out how February 14th has gone from a day of revering the martyrdom of St. Valentine, to displays of sexual perversion. Best Break-Up…Ever!Normally you would think that breaking up with someone on V-Day i... read more

Cheers: Late-night Writers Strike Back

Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart by NBC Photo

Cheers to Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien for welcoming back their writers in style. During the strike, the hip late-night triumverate trumped up a sidesplitting feud as a way to kill time without scripts. But with the WGA work stoppage resolved, Comedy Central's Stewart changed the temporarily retitled A Daily Show back to The Daily Show, and Colbert presented a new pencil to each of his scribes, including surprise guests Tiki Barber, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kevin Bacon and Mr. Met. Over on NBC's Late Night, O'Brien revived his opening monologue, observing that during the past few months, "Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both declared their support for the writers' strike. Meanwhile, President Bush announced he's in favor of a readers' strike." It's official: Our long, national TV nightmare is over.• Read and react to Bruce's opinions on CBS' Welcome to the Captain, Jericho and more!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers &... read more

Conan-Colbert Brawl

Uh-oh! Looks like Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert’s tiff over who’s really responsible for Huckabee’s fame has reached a new level—we’re talking the ass-kicking kind! Last night, both Colbert and John Stewart appeared on Conan’s show to duke it out like men. Oh, and it was ugly too—bats were swinging, trash cans were flying and they even busted out a blow torch. It was no holds barred, we tell you! read more

Day by Daily Show: Back on Track

Jon Stewart by Frank Ockenfels/Comedy Central

His first night back on Monday was a disappointment — too much griping about the strike, not enough political satire — but since then, Jon Stewart and his strike-era "A Daily Show" (it won’t merit the definitive "the" until his writers return) have returned to form. Skewering pundits and pollsters with relish, Stewart is back on his game, cracking himself up with the absurdity of carrying on without the safety net of a writing staff. On Wednesday's show, after taking a swipe at Larry King ("Was that a magical talking gnome?"), Stewart admitted, "Basically, we're now doing the show like Mystery Science Theater," harking back to one of Comedy Central's earlier breakthroughs.And yes, I loved that show, too.But my favorite Daily Show moment so far this week came on Tuesday, when he had conservative author and Guiliani advisor David Frum in his sights. While Frum trashed GOP underdog Ron Paul as "one of those people that the more you learn about him, the more disturbing a ... read more

Strike Watch: Another Day in Late Night

Jon Stewart by Kevin Fitzsimons/Comedy Central

The only true “moment of Zen” I experienced while watching the awkward writer-free return of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show Monday night — or, as Jon Stewart is now calling it, “A Daily Show” — was when his sole guest, a professorial labor expert, said of bitter strikes like the one the Writers’ Guild is currently engaged in: “It’s never intractable.... Eventually, they all get solved.”From his lips to....What a day it was in Strike World. The shoe finally dropped regarding NBC’s telecast of this Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards. The ceremony is canceled, and the awards will be presented in a news-conference style, covered exclusively by NBC News. Talk about your lose-lose propositions. Conferring “news” status on the Globes is an absurd exercise in hollow self-importance. The only reason the Globes is worth a toss isn’t because of who wins — just try to remember who won any of last year’s awards... read more

Cheers: Daily Requirements

Jon Stewart courtesy Comedy Central

Cheers to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for proving The Daily Show and The Colbert Report must go on. The Comedy Central cutups returned without their writers and mined rich laughs from the strike (Stewart's "solidarity unibrow" and reference to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers as "NAMBLA") as well as the presidential campaign (Colbert's suggestion he should run as Mike Huckabee's vice-presidential candidate on the "Huckleberry" ticket). Sure, some of the jokes could've used (re)writers: Stewart's facetious likening of the strike to the AIDS crisis and 9/11 fell flat. But I'm voting with my remote — Stewart/Colbert in '08!For another take on the returns of Stewart and Colbert, read the Roush Dispatch. • Read and react to Bruce's opinions on Desperate Housewives, Celebrity Apprentice and more!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.c... read more

Happy New Year for Late-night TV

Conan O'Brien by Dana Edelson/NBC Photo

Did absence make our hearts grow fonder of late-night TV's hosts, missing in action for the last two months? I suppose it's possible, though I doubt anyone's preferences were changed by what they saw Wednesday night, when all of the network hosts finally returned to work, all but David Letterman and Craig Ferguson without writers. (If anything grew, it was facial hair, at least on Dave and Conan.)If you're the sort who for whatever reason prefers affable Jay Leno over cranky Dave, or chooses to stay up late for the delectable derangement that is Conan O’Brien, nothing about Wednesday’s opening night would likely have shaken you from your long-ingrained after-hours habits. The strike beards sported by Dave and Conan in solidarity with the still-striking writers (“and to prove that I still have some testosterone,” joked Conan) were the most noticeable changes on the late-night landscape.Here’s my report card on late-night’s opening night, keeping in mind ... read more

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Premiered: March 11, 1999, on Comedy Central
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Premise: Jon Stewart's hip, irreverent skewering of the news and pop culture elevated this already successful series to new comedic heights (and doubled its audience) after he took over for Craig Kilborn in 1999. `If you watch the news and don't like it, then this is your counter program to the news,' Stewart said. Comedy Central's signature show snagged an Emmy in 2003 as the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

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