Jon Stewart’s headed to HBO, and more importantly, to us, his viewers.
The ex-host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show has signed a four-year production deal with HBO, which will see him publishing topical, “short-form digital content” several times a day on HBO’s online platforms HBO GO and HBO NOW.
Short bits of topical (and likely hilarious) digital tidbits delivered by Emmy-winning funnyman Jon Stewart? This has Internet virality written all over it.
“Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me,” Stewart says in a press release. “I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”
It’s an interesting new model HBO is going for here, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s J-Stew, who after 16 years at the Daily Show, 22 Emmys and 2 Peabody Awards (just to mention a few), certainly knows what his audience wants.
The deal also gives HBO a first-look option at other TV and movie projects, and hints at more projects to come. We’re just hoping they find a way to incorporate Stewart’s newly purchased animal sanctuary. “Jon Stewart Feeds the Animals,” live on the Internet twice a day. We’d watch that.