Comedy Central certainly can recognize when it’s found talent. First, it spun off the popular Stephen Colbert into his own Colbert Report, propelled from his success on The Daily Show. Now, the cable network has offered another one of Jon Stewart’s correspondents the chance to go solo.
British comedian John Oliver will host a show on the network called John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. The mini-series will feature six one-hour episodes premiering Jan. 8, at 11 p.m. EST, and will feature what Comedy Central describes as some of Oliver’s favorite comedians.
Each episode will feature an introduction by Oliver and then stand-up acts from four different comedians. Among those slated to offer what Comedy Central describes as “super-sized sets” are Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, Marc Maron, Brian Posehn, Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman. Also appearing will be Maria Bamford, Greg Fitzsimmons, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nick Kroll, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Chris Hardwick, Matt McCarthy and Hari Kondabolu.
Oliver joined the cast of The Daily Show in 2006 and has won an Emmy for his writing on that program. He also has a recurring role on new NBC show Community. For a taste of Oliver’s sense of humor, check out his coverage of Sarah Palin’s book release in the below clip from The Daily Show: