Margaret Lyons
November 19, 2009 AT 08:32 PM EST

Everyone’s favorite British Daliy Show correspondent John Oliver is getting his own show, though tragically it’s not as good as it sounds: He’s hosting a six-episode stand-up series that includes him but also includes a bunch of other comedians. I kind of wish Oliver had a Colbert-style spin-off, but until that day comes — I’m holding out hope — I’ll settle for regular stand-up performances. Especially because I know the first episode includes this bit in which Oliver sings:

How do I know? Um, because I was at the taping for this show a few weeks ago. (And not as press! As a fan.) Oliver was terrific — though Nick Kroll had one of the best sets I’ve ever seen from anyone, ever — but I can’t help thinking that a strict stand-up series isn’t a full use of his talents. I’d love to see him with a week-in-review series, where he can do longer-form segments with more recurring bits than he does on TDS.

What would you cast John Oliver in, PopWatchers?

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