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Jon Stewart is coming back to HBO to save our doomed souls

Jon Stewart at the 10th Anniversary of Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the New York Comedy Festival & Bob Woodruff Foundation, in November 2016.
Jon Stewart at the 10th Anniversary of Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the New York Comedy Festival & Bob Woodruff Foundation, in November 2016.
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Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show will return to TV with two HBO comedy specials, President of HBO Programming Casey Bloys announced at TCA Wednesday. This is Stewart’s first stand-up special since 1996.

“We’re excited to bring Jon to the network with this pair of specials,” Bloys said in a statement. “We’ve all missed his uniquely thoughtful brand of humor.”

Along with an original standup special, Stewart will host Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars in New York on Nov. 18, and those performances will go up on HBO. Night of Too Many Stars is a benefit for NEXT for AUTISM and was created by Robert Smigel. 

“I’m really thrilled to be able to return to stand-up on HBO,” Stewart said. ”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.”

Stewart has been mostly out of the televised or public eye since leaving The Daily Show in 2015 after 16 years and handing it over to new host Trevor Noah. 

The name, date, and location of Stewart’s solo comedy special are yet to come.

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