American hero and political comedian Jon Stewart may have spent the last 16 years at Comedy Central, but HBO is where he’s heading next.
According to the Hollywood Report, Stewart is going to work on short digital pieces for HBO’s streaming site HBO Now. Working with cloud-graphics company OTOY, Inc., they plan to build a kind of tech that will allow Stewart to quickly create short digital content that is timely and topical.
“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the Daily Show,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a release announcing the news Tuesday. “He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”
Stewart had literally “bought the farm,” seemingly retiring to rural New Jersey to the family’s moo-tastic critters and plans to open a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. He grew a thick beard but it’s unclear if he’s begun painting like George W. Bush did after leaving office.
“Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me,” Stewart said in HBO’s release. “I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”
While Stewart was away filming Rosewater, his pal John Oliver took over “The Daily Show” doing such a superb job he too was recruited to do a far too infrequent weekly show on HBO. It’ll be exciting to see what Stewart has in store, just in time for the 2016 election.
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