John Oliver will interview Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.) — former director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command — when he debuts his new HBO late-night topical comedy show Last Week Tonight. HBO says it’s Alexander’s first since retiring as NSA director. The news comes the week Oliver took the NBC package deal to promote the launch of his new HBO late-night show, stopping by The Tonight Show show to poke fun at Jimmy Fallon‘s interview style and talk about friends’ reaction to his final The Daily Show appearance, in which he wept.
Last November, HBO announced it had signed Comedy Central’s The Daily Show correspondent — who got rave reviews reviews filling in for that program’s anchor Jon Stewart over the summer — to host a weekly news riff. One month later, The Daily Show host/EP Jon Stewart had Oliver in tears as he surprised him with his own retrospective, on his last day with Stewart’s show. During the ambush retrospective, Oliver, who’d been with the Comedy Central late-night program for more than seven years, was mostly speechless and fighting tears.
Earlier this week, Oliver so deftly explained to Today‘s Matt Lauer why his satirical show would not bother to cover a report that had just been featured on Today that Lauer barely noticed he’d been dinged.