This undated image released by HBO shows host John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," airing Sundays at 11 p.m. EDT. (AP Photo/HBO)
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The analogy doesn't apply to John Oliver, the former "Daily Show" featured player who debuts his new HBO topical series Sunday at 11 p.m. EDT.Stewart's role as a comedy kingmaker has never been more clear than this month, with Oliver starting the new show and another ex-"Daily Show" correspondent, Stephen Colbert, earning the coveted honor of succeeding David Letterman when the "Late Show" host retires next year.Oliver, a native of Britain who was always interested in topical comedy, admired Stewart's show from afar and in 2006 applied for and earned a job on the "Daily Show". His path to HBO began last year, when Stewart called and said he was taking the summer off to produce a movie. It was Oliver's moment of opportunity, and both he and Stewart recognized it.It sounds similar to the "Daily Show," but he realizes his challenge will be to take on topics that Stewart and Colbert haven't already done, along with not making the telecast seem dated by the time it goes on the air.Oliver probably would have been a good choice to fill Comedy Central's 11:30 p.m. hour on weekdays with Colbert set to leave next year.
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