The John Oliver Tour

Not only is British comedian/writer John Oliver beginning his summer stint hosting “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” tonight, but he’s lined up a brief run of live appearances beginning in October, playing Chicago, Austin, Washington and other markets.  Ticket sales for some dates begin this week.

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Comedy Central's “Night Of Too Many Stars" autism benefit at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Tonight’s the night television viewers across the nation begin a three-month fast of Stewart’s mock news reporting.  The comedian/one-time puppeteer is taking the summer off in order to direct and produce “Rosewater,” based on the book by Maziar Bahari, the Iranian journalist who was accused of being a spy and imprisoned by that country’s authorities after he appeared in a filmed segment on the Comedy Central program.  Stewart also wrote the script for the film.

Oliver says he’s up to the task of subbing for Stewart.

“Don’t worry, it’s still going to be everything that you love a bout ‘The Daily Show,’” Oliver said.  “Just without the thing that you love most about it.”

While Stewart is expected to be gone for three months, Oliver will only host eight weeks of “The Daily Show,” what with summer holidays, reruns and all.  Stewart’s return date is Sept. 3.

And a little more than one month later, Oliver will begin doing a few standup dates, working a touring itinerary around his duties as a “Daily Show” reporter/writer and member of “The Best F#@king News Team Ever.”  Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 11 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
Oct. 25 – Austin, Texas, Bass Concert Hall
Nov. 8 – Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
Nov. 9 – Durham, N.C., Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov. 16 – Boston, Mass., Wilbur Theatre
Dec. 27 – San Diego, Calif., Spreckels Theatre
Dec. 28 – San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club
Dec. 29 – San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club
Dec. 30 – San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club
Dec. 31 – San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club
Jan. 31 – Marysville, Wash., Tulalip Resort Casino
Feb. 1 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Wiltern

Some shows are already on sale.  Tickets for Chicago, Washington and Durham go on sale June 14; Austin June 21.  Visit for more information.