Nothing against Trevor Noah, but we really, really miss Jon Stewart on our television screens. Sure, Noah has taken The Daily Show to great new places, but we also need our weekly dose of signature Stewart humour as he takes on the major news organizations and political arms.
That’s why we were tickled pink to hear that he’s coming back — this time to HBO — with two new standup specials in the very near future.
We just so happened to be in Los Angeles when HBO boss Casey Bloys announced that these specials were coming, so we were able to find out a few key details while we eagerly await more Stewart. In that vein, here’s everything we know so far.
1. This is the first time Stewart will do standup in two decades
It’s been 21 years since Jon Stewart did standup on HBO, which means he’s got some dust to shake off. It also means he could have a lot of pent up things to say that he wasn’t able to on The Daily Show given its format. Whatever he comes up with, we’re sure that it will be fresh, but delivered by someone with tons of experience. As only Stewart can.
2. Expect the first special in the fall
No, we don’t have an exact premiere date yet, and we don’t have a location either. But Stewart is indeed set to headline one of hist two confirmed stand-up specials in the fall, which means 2017 is THE YEAR we can expect Jon Stewart to make his official return. About freaking time — especially with everything going on with U.S. politics lately.
3. HBO wants to be in the Jon Stewart business
While we’ve all been waiting to hear more pithy Stewart remarks, it seems like Bloys and co. are also among us fans who have been waiting. That’s why they signed him to a “larger, overall deal.” These specials, of course, are a part of that deal.
In the future though, HBO wants to get back into the standup business in general… if and when the price is right.
“We’ve done standup for a long time. Historically, the idea with standup specials, it was a relatively low-cost way to be in the cultural conversation,” Bloys said, noting that the costs have since blown up. “When I look at how specials perform historically and I look at that usage on HBO GO, it’s hard for me to justify paying exorbitant prices. So, when prices come back down or when it makes sense, again, it’s a relatively easy entry point and we’ll get back in when the prices make sense.”
4. Stewart has one more project in the works
If you’re anything like us and you need all things Stewart in your near future, you’ll also be pleased to hear that he’s also going to host the benefit Night of Too Many Stars for HBO, a special that will help raise money for NEXT for Autism.
That special airs from The Theatre at Madison Square Gardens in New York on Saturday, Nov. 18, and features tons of stand-up performances, sketches and short films. Expect plenty of Stewart’s buddies to stop by, and hopefully a few fun bits from Stewart himself.
We can hardly wait.