When John Oliver officially joins HBO on Sunday night as host of his own weekly program, “Last Week Tonight,” he finds himself at the head of a long conga line of talent that has left “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in the past 15 years. Not that there’s anything wrong with that: TV’s fake news standard-bearer is the hottest hothouse of talent outside of “Saturday Night Live.” Credit is due to Stewart, who has shared the stage – and occasionally ceded it (Oliver, Stephen Colbert) – to many through the years. And credit due to “The Best News Team Ever.” Maybe not the best. Indisputably the funniest. Here’s a partial list of on- (and off-) screen stars who have moved on.
Former executive producer is currently producer-in-chief of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and – you may have heard – Josh and Co. are doing quite well.
Hungover in “The Hangover” and Dr. Ed in “Children’s Hospital,” and much, much (much) else, Helms was correspondent who seemed to channel a later creation, Andy Bernard of “The Office.”
Certainly one of the more unusual post-”TDC” career tracks, she’s also a best-selling author.
He perfected the persona that he brought to “The Colbert Report,” which he will shed when he joins “Late Show” next year. (His pal, former comedy associate, “Report” contributor and “Strangers With Candy” star Amy Sedaris, has also been mentioned as a possible “Colbert” replacement.)
Former correspondent has been everywhere – or seemingly so – ever since. (A couple dozen credits, including “Community,” “Happy Endings,” “Children’s Hospital.”)
His book “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God” will be rendered into a Broadway play for the 2015 season. (He got a Tony nom for the musical, “Cry-Baby.”)
Before he was famous, or at least before he starred as Elder Cunningham in “The Book of Mormon,” Gad was briefly a “TDC” correspondent. Who knew?
Riggle had also been in the U.S. Marine Corps and a player on “Saturday Night Live.”
Needs no introduction – He was correspondent and became a major star afterward. His greatest TV role: Michael Scott on NBC’s “The Office,” of course.