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Old 06-19-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Question The Daily Show With John Oliver....

So, how do you think he's doing? I was just wondering what others thought.

I think this week has had some ups and downs but I'm starting to really enjoy him. I miss Stewart, but Oliver's not too shabby.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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Nice change of pace. I'm enjoying him.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #3
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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So, how do you think he's doing? I was just wondering what others thought.

I think this week has had some ups and downs but I'm starting to really enjoy him. I miss Stewart, but Oliver's not too shabby.
I agree!! I am a VERY BIG fan of the Daily Show and really miss it when they show repeats. Jon Stewart has a certain style which really matches up to the Daily Show's format. But I also always liked John Oliver and think he is just doing great. I especially liked the first Oliver episode where the "remote" correspondents started giving their reports only to reveal that they were talking about Oliver taking over as host where they should have been the host. Very funny. Also it looks like for the opening of each episode Oliver will have a funny remark about where Stewart is. Again very funny.

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P. S. There's a very funny BBC show called The Green Wing about the antics in a hospital and it was shown in the US a few years ago, I forget on what channel. But at least the first episode is on YouTube. In there John Oliver has a small role as a new car salesman and that's the only other place I've seen him other than on The Daily Show!

P. P. S. For fans of the Showtime show Episodes, the "married" British couple are primary characters in The Green Wing!

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Old 06-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #5
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I'm really enjoying John Oliver as host. Although I will say that he seems to basically just be channeling Jon Stewart. Obviously the writers are still the same so most of the jokes are written the same way they were written for JS. But some of the little asides and mannerisms seem to be JO copying what he's watched JS do for so many years. And I can't fault him for that. After working on the show for eight years, it would be nearly impossible to get behind that desk and not do some of the same things that JS does.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #6
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Does this mean that they won't take most of July off like they normally do? I guess not since the writers still get the vacation.

I don't mind Oliver as host. Like said previously, it is the same writers so the content is pretty much the same.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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I'm really enjoying John Oliver as host. Although I will say that he seems to basically just be channeling Jon Stewart. Obviously the writers are still the same so most of the jokes are written the same way they were written for JS. But some of the little asides and mannerisms seem to be JO copying what he's watched JS do for so many years. And I can't fault him for that. After working on the show for eight years, it would be nearly impossible to get behind that desk and not do some of the same things that JS does.
I kind of like that he's pulling that aspect off. I was worried he'd go for something completely different, delivery-wise, and I think this, while very similar, works for an enjoyable program that doesn't lose completely the pacing of Stewart, should he decide to come back long term (I almost cried just writing that.)
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:03 PM   #8
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Showing my age I guess, but I was hoping they'd bring Craig Kilborn back. What's he up to these days?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:16 PM   #9
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Craig Kilborn is not at all suited to host TDS as it now exists.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #10
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I think he is doing very well. I am a big Jon Stewart fan. John Oliver seems a little bit more laid back which is sometimes better and sometimes not. I think the picking on himself needs to end. It was cute at the beginning but it is getting old.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #11
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Love it - especially the jokes about him being there. Lewis Black going on his rant, then when done looks at Oliver, pauses, then - "who the #@^% are you????" ...
The field reporters reaction on his first day was great as well. I wonder if he'll become another spinoff, like Colbert ...
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #12
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Does this mean that they won't take most of July off like they normally do? I guess not since the writers still get the vacation.
I remember when this was first announced several months ago, they said John Oliver would be hosting for six weeks while JS is away. Then on last night's show, during the segment with Mick Foley, they said JS will return in September. So it seems they'll still be taking plenty of time for vacation.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:00 AM   #13
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John Oliver is doing very well.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:56 AM   #14
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I think he's just fine. I'm still laughing. I agree, he's doing a lot of what JS does, so it's not that different, but his delivery is good. (It still seems a bit odd having a Brit cover US politics as if he's a native American, but I can easily get past it, as I do with Katty Kay on The Chris Matthews Show).

I still think he's trying to find his way on interviews though. Hopefully that will come, but right now, he's not very good. Luckily most of his guests have been fairly well known, but, like last night he struggled interviewing someone who was pushing a new book. I'm not sure if the topic bored him or he didn't prepare, but he just seemed out of his element.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:56 AM   #15
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huh...I hardly ever listen to interviews unless it's someone very interesting. Even then, JS is usually pretty bad.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #16
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I also think he's doing well. I had considered tuning out for the summer but I'm glad I didn't go through with that. Some pretty good laughs so far.

Of course, I miss Jon S. He's so smart and funny - a perfect combination for me - But Oliver is holding his own very well, IMO.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:50 AM   #17
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One thing I have noticed with Oliver during the guest interviews is that he uses the same exact hand gestures Stewart uses when talking with a guest. When it is an author of a book, he bangs the book on the desk the same way Stewart does when showing to the camera even with the laying the book down after showing to the camera and slapping his hand on top of it.

Then the interview questions are in the same style. I guess I was naive in that I thought Stewart actually read those books and saw those movies, but he must have staff do it just like everyone else. Nothing wrong with that, just noticed it.
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He may do that for the same reason I do-to square up the dust jacket with the rest of the book.

Stewart read a LOT of those books. Not so sure about the movies. But he reads voraciously. And from my experience, he's always up front when he doesn't read it (and it shows.)

He wouldn't be as able to chat so well with the authors if he didn't. And make it sound like YOU NEED TO BUY THIS BOOK EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT REMOTELY IN YOUR INTEREST.
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huh...I hardly ever listen to interviews unless it's someone very interesting. Even then, JS is usually pretty bad.
I feel just the opposite way - I think JS is a very good interviewer. One of the best prepared that I have seen and able to speak to even complex issues with substance.
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Showing my age I guess, but I was hoping they'd bring Craig Kilborn back. What's he up to these days?
The Kilborn Daily Show was COMPLETLY DIFFERENT. (Actually, I'd like to hear what the creators think of the current Daily Show.. they still obviously get credited in the show, but as I said, it's way different.)

My VERY high level description is that Kilborn's Daily Show was MUCH more a spoof of things like 20/20 and 60 Minutes, with a TINY bit of topical info ("Weekend Update" like) in it.. Enough so that I'd FF through the longer segments often and watch just the topical info.

They still do longer segments sometimes, but they're much more topical I'd say, rather than being generic infotainment topics.

The only thing I can remember that I miss is 5 questions.


BTW, didn't Oliver host at LEAST one other time? Maybe when Jon was sick?
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I feel just the opposite way - I think JS is a very good interviewer. One of the best prepared that I have seen and able to speak to even complex issues with substance.
He constantly stutters, interrupts the guest every time they are about something interesting, changes the subject abruptly for a zing or for no reason that I can figure out, and we end up with a disjointed conversation that always leaves me frustrated.

Mind you, I only watch when it is someone interesting. If it is a actor promoting a movie, I don't even bother. But now I don't bother regardless.

I love the first two segments and I think he is brilliant. But it is a 15 minute show as far as I'm concerned.
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I love the first two segments and I think he is brilliant. But it is a 15 minute show as far as I'm concerned.
Mostly this for me too! Occasionally I am interested to hear what a guest might have to say. I do like the interactions he's had with Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly.
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I feel just the opposite way - I think JS is a very good interviewer. One of the best prepared that I have seen and able to speak to even complex issues with substance.
I tend to agree. The majority of the guests The Daily Show has on are ones that Jon is personally interested in. You can tell that he really has some knowledge of the person and/or book that the interview is about, and has thoughts about it that he wants to discuss.

Unfortunately, the half hour format of the show means that the interviews are already quite short, then edited down even further, resulting in a very rapid-fire interview style that is probably what bothers Anubys.
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I think he's just fine. I'm still laughing. I agree, he's doing a lot of what JS does, so it's not that different, but his delivery is good. (It still seems a bit odd having a Brit cover US politics as if he's a native American, but I can easily get past it, as I do with Katty Kay on The Chris Matthews Show).
The Tuesday show from earlier this week was good in that respect, as he was talking about the proposed immigration reform bill and frequently spoke to it as a foreigner who immigrated here himself.
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The Tuesday show from earlier this week was good in that respect, as he was talking about the proposed immigration reform bill and frequently spoke to it as a foreigner who immigrated here himself.
Yes, I noticed that. I like when JS uses him as the resident outsider (he does this with Sam Bee and her hubby who's name escapes me. They are Canadian). It gives a different perspective. For most of the shows JO has hosted, he looked at the goings on in American politics more from the same POV as a native. He's better when he looks at the absurdity of it all from a Brit's POV. But he's been funny either way. I'm rather enjoying it.

One thing I noticed last night...During his interview last night, he slammed the author's book down JS style, and he used the JS fist pump (and "bang") when he was making a point about something.
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P. S. There's a very funny BBC show called The Green Wing about the antics in a hospital and it was shown in the US a few years ago, I forget on what channel. But at least the first episode is on YouTube. In there John Oliver has a small role as a new car salesman and that's the only other place I've seen him other than on The Daily Show!
John Oliver was in the first season of Community as well. I found it rather jarring a I knew him from the Daily Show and it was hard to adjust.

Kind of like seeing Asif Mandvi in Spider-Man 2.
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I figure this is as good a place as any to mention this... Jon Stewart appeared on Egypt's version of The Daily Show recently.


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I figure this is as good a place as any to mention this... Jon Stewart appeared on Egypt's version of The Daily Show recently.

I saw that on my portal this morning. I don't do video at work but going to watch it later.
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