NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comedy Central says Jon Stewart will take a break from anchoring his satirical comedy news show, “The Daily Show,” in summer to direct and produce his first feature film, based on a book by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari.
The network said Tuesday that correspondent-writer John Oliver will host the fake news show during Stewart’s hiatus. The British-born Oliver has been a “Daily Show” regular since 2006.
Stewart is expected back in the anchor chair in September.
The film, titled “Rosewater,” was written by Stewart.
London resident Bahari was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government in 2009 while covering Iran’s presidential election. Before being jailed, he was interviewed in Iran by “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones.