After scrapping his long-anticipated new series, HBO has announced Jon Stewart will return to television with two stand-up specials for the premium network. These mark his first since 1996’s Jon Stewart: Unleavened, which also aired on HBO.
Last summer, HBO announced that Stewart’s post-Daily Show hiatus would come to an end with a multi-platform animated series that September. As fall transitioned into winter and onto 2017, however, there was still no news from Stewart until it was reported in May that HBO had canceled the project.
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“We all thought the project had great potential, but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” a statement from HBO and Stewart read. “We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together which you will be hearing about in the near future.”
Now, it seems, that this new project comes in the form of a stand-up special, with, hopefully, a more consistent series from Stewart in the future. According to HBO, the date and location of this stand-up special will be announced as they are confirmed.
“I’m really thrilled to be able to return to stand-up on HBO,” Stewart said in a statement. “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.”
It’s not exactly what we wanted, but welcome back all the same, Stewart.
In the meantime, Stewart will host the “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit for NEXT For AUTISM (formerly New York Collaborates for Autism), the annual benefit created by Robert Smigel. The event will be broadcast live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 18.