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Last Thursday, John Oliver officially stepped down as interim host of the Daily Show, in anticipation of the show's two week break and Jon Stewart's return to the host's seat in September. And Oliver did a fantastic job. While there was never an attempt to make the show his own, sticking very closely to the formula Stewart has perfected over the last decade, Oliver fit in the chair well. The interview segments were the weakest point of Oliver's tenure, prone to the sort of awkward sycophancy that new interviewers often struggle with. But when he actually cared about the guest, they were well researcher and could be biting, with Oliver willing to debate his opinion and more then one called a guest out without letting them wiggle out of the question. Almost like he was a real journalist, and not a satirist, which says everything you need to know about modern American journalism.

As I said when this was all announced, Oliver is the strongest correspondent the show has had since Colbert, and that Stewart and Comedy Central need to find a way to keep him in the family, or risk loosing his considerable talent to someone else. His stint as the substitute is further proof of this. Oliver was at his strongest in the segments that called for him to express outrage, to rant for five minutes at a time, like during the Anthony Wiener scandel, or the coverage of the Australian elections. And his earnestness during the interviews that weren't celebrity schmooze prove he's capable of holding his own. Perhaps it's time to consider adding a third half hour to Comedy Central's News Block. Or, lock up Oliver's contract long enough to keep him in place until Stewart retires (and may that be a long time off).

One of the better gags, wisely poking fun at the whole situation, was Oliver's nightly update of where Stewart was and what he was doing. How perfectly British to start every evening by essentially saying "I'm sorry for potentially disappointing you, but at least it won't take long." Vulture has assembled each of these excuses for Stewart's absence into a wonderful montage that is very much a "the King is dead, long live the King" sort of punctuation mark for Oliver's time.

Via Uproxx.
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