John Oliver took over from Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" Monday while the latter moonlights in the Middle East (he's directing a movie), and the question of the moment is simply this: How's John doing?
Let's put it this way: Jon shouldn't be worried. It's been, from my sampling, a flawless transition, but especially important for this show, he's particularly solid on the interviews.
Curious. Asks good questions. Quick on the uptake. It's a skill you'd think would take some time to sort out or reach some sort of comfort level (what? a week?), even if he already has a show and much on-screen experience.
Here's a sampling from last night's all-Brit edition, with Armando Iannucci, "Veep's" creative force ("The Thick of it," and so on). Clearly both know each other and are wonkily pursuing a topic — politics — in which both are well-apprised, but still good and informative .?.?.
Numbers Monday were apparently decent — 1.5 million, or around same as the Stewart edition.