One of America’s most influential TV comics Jon Stewart will be going on a three-month hiatus from The Daily Show to direct a drama.
Comedy Central announced Tuesday that Stewart, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, will take a 12-week break starting in June to direct and produce his first feature film.
The network said that correspondent-writer John Oliver will host the fake news show for the eight weeks of original episodes scheduled during Stewart’s sabbatical.
The British-born Oliver has been a Daily Show regular since 2006.
Stewart is expected back in the anchor chair shortly after Labor Day, September 2.