Timing is everything. John Oliver probably had everything and the kitchen sink thrown at him in offers when his stint as fill-in host of The Daily Show was over last summer. Oliver eventually chose to leave The Daily Show for his own weekly show on HBO. Now Stephen Colbert is jumping ship from Comedy Central to Viacom sister CBS to take over for David Letterman on the The Late Show.
It looks like Oliver might have jumped too quickly, but there’s no way to know that soon a daily spot would have been open right after the show that brought him so much.
Enough about that though, let’s live in the present and Sunday’s premiere of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO.
Last Week Tonight had a very Daily Show feel to it and it is obvious that the formula works excellently with Oliver’s humor. Oliver took on a variety of subjects, oddly enough, most of them being based on things that happened mostly on Sunday making it more of a weekend Daily Show than anything.
One of the highlights of the night was Oliver’s interview with former head of the NSA General Keith Alexander. The interview was done in a recorded piece and screamed Daily Show.
Another highlight was Oliver’s twist on an ad promoting Oregon’s health care website, which, spoiler alert, does not work at all and the state has given up on it instead sending users to the also rocky healthcare.gov site.
All in all, it was Oliver at his best. It was what The Daily Show would be if the The Daily Show was on HBO. I think that that’s awesome.
You can watch the full episode of the premiere of Last Week Tonight via YouTube.
The future of Oliver outside of Last Week Tonight is still up in the air. It’s been rumored that he could do a show outside of his HBO venture. He has been linked to the spot that is opening up after Colbert’s jump to the Late Show and to the Late, Late Show spot currently held by Craig Ferguson.
Whatever happens for Oliver, it is becoming clear that he is still on the rise and his fame will not just stop at his own show on HBO.