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John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show debuts Jan. 8 (Video)

By April MacIntyre Jan 8, 2010, 3:07 GMT

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show debuts Jan. 8 (Video)

John Oliver (L)- © Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

The British have truly infiltrated American TV, with Gervais, Cowell, Ramsay, Burnett, Lythgoe, Morgan and now "Daily Show's" John Oliver.

Oliver is a correspondent and an Emmy Award-winning writer on the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” which he joined in 2006.

Oliver's nimble wit is on display as he invites his favorite comic friends to perform in front of an intimate New York City audience in “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” a new weekly series hosted by Oliver from Avalon Television. 

The first of six episodes begins tomorrow, January 8, at 11p.m. ET/PT.

“John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show” features stand-up from some of Oliver's favorite comedians.

Oliver opens each of the six episodes and introduces four stand-up guests during the hour. Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, Marc Maron, Brian Posehn, Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman close each of their episodes with super-sized stand-up sets.

Other comics appearing on the series include Maria Bamford, Greg Fitzsimmons, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nick Kroll, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Chris Hardwick, Matt McCarthy and Hari Kondabolu.

In the premiere episode, Oliver ditches the suit to discuss his surprising affection for America, the upside-down Australians and the effects of voting under the influence. The episode also features sets from Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll and Greg Fitzsimmons, before closing with a super-sized stand-up set from Eugene Mirman.

Throughout the new season, www.Jokes.com will feature clips from “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show" including exclusive video interviews of Oliver by "Daily Show" alum Rob Riggle with additional highlights to be posted after each episode.

Each episode of “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show” will be made available in HD for download-to-own the day after the episode premieres on iTunes, Xbox LIVE Marketplace and Zune. Episodes in SD will be available on Playstation Network and Amazon Video On Demand.

Oliver appeared in his first Comedy Central stand-up special, “John Oliver: Terrifying Times,” premiered in April 2008.

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