Jon Stewart is stepping out of his comfort zone ― and he's admittedly nervous about it.
After the 50-year-old signs off from "The Daily Show" on Thursday, he’ll begin a three-month hiatus from his super successful Comedy Central fake newscast ― which has won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special for past 10 consecutive years ― to do something he's never done before: make a movie.
When Yahoo! TV asked how he's feeling about heading to the Middle East for the summer to direct and produce "Rosewater," which he wrote the script for, Stewart's voice changes to a humorously high pitch to reply, "Nervous." Really? "Yeah, of course."
He elaborates, "It's something I haven't done before, so I'm certainly coming from a place where I feel a lot more confident, or at least routinized. Now I'm sort of moving into this area where [it's a completely new experience]," Stewart says of his directorial debut.
And he'll be going into it with a sense of humor.
"I thought the first day it might be nice to just sit in the chair and read 'Filmmaking for Dummies' just to let them know that they are being led by an idiot boy," Stewart jokes. "But I'm looking forward to it. It's a real good story."
His script is based on a Maziar Bahari's memoir, "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival." The Iranian-Canadian journalist was wrongly accused of being a spy and was held at Iran’s most notorious prison for three months.
While he's gone movie-making, correspondent John Oliver will fill in as host through September 2. But does Stewart feel he's leaving the show in capable hands?
"Oh God yeah," he replies. "I'm fortunate to have the type of people who have been producing it. We've been there almost 15 years. And Oliver is top notch. He's a guy who has all the tools. He's so ready to do this. I don't think they'll miss a beat. If anything, he'll bring a nice British sophistication. It will be like 'Upstairs Downstairs,' where everybody has been downstairs for a long time and now we're going to get to go upstairs. It's going to be nice."
But he'll be checking in "as best I can," he promises, perhaps on-screen, but definitely behind the scenes.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah," he insists. "Always."
"The Daily Show" airs Monday through Thursday at 11 PM/10 CT on Comedy Central.
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