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Comedian John Oliver poses for photographers backstage during the 41st International Emmy Awards in New York in this file photo taken November 25, 2013. Oliver, the British comedian whose career took off as the nonchalant news correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will debut his new HBO series "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" on April 27, the network said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

For 'Daily Show' alum Oliver, 'Last Week' is 'fresh turf to ruin'

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NEW YORK, April 22 (Reuters) - Launching a weekly Sunday night news comedy show in an era of ever shorter news cycles is both a blessing and a curse, as John Oliver freely admits.

As he chooses current events topics to skewer, the bespectacled British comedian will have to pick over what other late-night shows, most notably "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," where he used to work, have already feasted on.

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