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Get To Know John Oliver: The Man Taking Over Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Gig

•, Aly Weisman
 Oliver joined the Comedy Central show in 2006 fresh off the boat from England, where he was performing at comedy festivals and co-hosting a popular political radio show for the BBC.

But since his rise to fame in the states as a critic of American culture on "The Daily Show," little else is known about the funnyman from across the pond.

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"[Oliver] quickly established himself as a favorite, both with the show’s audience and with Mr. Stewart," writes the New York Times. "But replacing Mr. Stewart for such an extended period of time is a risk for 'The Daily Show,' which has only rarely relied on a substitute host in the past."

In fact, it's the first time in Stewart's 14 years as the show's host that he has taken an extended  period of time away.

When Stewart acted in films in the past (don't forget about his role in Adam Sandler's 1999 film "Big Daddy"), Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, among others, have sat in for him.

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