Oliver to star in new US comedy

John Oliver deputised for the Daily Show's Jon Stewart (AP)

British comedian John Oliver is to get his own weekly US programme after impressing audiences and TV bosses as a substitute host on The Daily Show.

Oliver's Sunday night programme, starting next year, will take a satirical look at current events for the week, HBO said.

HBO president Michael Lombardo said the channel was not looking for another weekly talk show, but added that Oliver's handling of The Daily Show in Jon Stewart's absence earlier this year convinced HBO his "distinct voice" belongs on the channel.

Stewart was away directing a film.

Birmingham-born stand-up Oliver thanked Stewart for teaching him everything he knows during his years with The Daily Show - then joked that if he fails, it's Stewart's fault.

The debut date and title for the new show were not announced.

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