Gavin Bond/Comedy Central
March 05, 2013 at 07:46 PM EST

Your topical politics jokes are getting a British twist this summer: Jon Stewart will be taking a hiatus from The Daily Show, and correspondent John Oliver will be filling in as host, EW has confirmed.

Stewart is taking the time off to direct his first feature film, Rosewater. He also wrote the script, based on the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, which is BBC journalist Maziar Bahari account of his 118 days in captivity in Iran in 2009.

Deadline, which originally reported the news and says the hiatus will cover eight weeks of new shows, points out that Stewart’s interest in the project has a personal twist: After Bahari was accused of spying, one of the items used against him was an appearance he made on The Daily Show.

Check out a 2011 Daily Show interview with Bahari below:

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