Well, it sounds like that much ballyhooed deal between HBO and Jon Stewart will finally bear some fruit. The former Daily Show host will get off his farm in New Jersey to headline two specials for the premium channel. One will be his first stand-up comedy special in over 20 years (his last was 1996’s Jon Stewart: Unleavened, which also aired on HBO). The date and location for the new special have yet to be confirmed. As for the reason it’s taken him 20 years to do another stand-up special? Well, he’s been busy.
On Nov. 18, Stewart will also host the upcoming Night of Too Many Stars all-star benefit for NEXT For Autism, live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The special will combine stand-up performances, sketches and short films. The event was originally created by comedy writer and performer Robert Smigel to support autism schools, programs, and services. NEXT for Autism (formerly New York Collaborates for Autism) is a non-profit organization that strategically designs, launches, and supports innovative programs to improve the lives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“I’m really thrilled to be able to return to stand-up on HBO,” Stewart commented. “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.”
Welcome back, sir!