HBO confirmed this week that former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart will headline two HBO comedy specials for the network. The announcement was made earlier today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. Stewart will return to HBO for his first stand-up special since the 1996 HBO presentation “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” which was a hit with fans and critics alike. HBO did not confirm a premiere date for the special at this time, and we still don’t know the location of the venue. That being said, we are certainly hoping that Stewart will return to NYC for the special, since he will already be in town for his HBO gig. “We’re excited to bring Jon to the network with this pair of specials,” said Bloys. “We’ve all missed his uniquely thoughtful brand of humor.”
The other HBO gig that we hinted at before is happening this fall, Stewart will host the latest “Night of Too Many Stars,” also on HBO. That even will be an all-star benefit for NEXT For AUTISM, and will be presented live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, Nov. 18. The special will feature stand-up performances, sketches and short films.
The comedy event was created by comedy writer and performer Robert Smigel to support autism schools, programs and services. NEXT for AUTISM (formerly New York Collaborates for Autism) is a non-profit organization that strategically designs, launches and supports innovative programs to improve the lives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“I’m really thrilled to be able to return to stand-up on HBO,” adds Stewart. ”They’ve always set the standard for great stand-up specials. Plus, I can finally use up the last of the Saddam Hussein jokes left over from my first special.”
You probably know Jon Stewart best as the host of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” a series that he started hosting back in 1999. Stewart was the host of the comedy-series until he stepped down in 2015. The series received 23 Primetime Emmys and two Peabody Awards.
Stewart also hosted the Academy Awards twice, the first time in 2006, then again in 2008. He is also the author of New York Times bestselling books “Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race” and “America (The Book): A Guide to Democracy Inaction,” ($9 on Amazon) which was on the New York Times bestseller list for 18 consecutive weeks. He also wrote and directed the 2014 feature film “Rosewater.”
In addition to “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” his first HBO stand-up special, his previous HBO credits include hosting the special “George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy,” “Mr. Show with Bob and David” and a recurring role on “The Larry Sanders Show.”