- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 5, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart is starting a summerlong break from anchoring “The Daily Show,” but it will be no holiday: He’ll be in the Middle East making his first movie.

Mr. Stewart says he’ll miss hosting the Comedy Central fake newscast while he’s away.

As he explains: “People clap for me! That doesn’t happen just anywhere.”

Mr. Stewart will be directing and producing “Rosewater” from his own script, based on a memoir by Maziar Bahari. This Iranian journalist was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government in 2009 while covering Iran’s presidential election.

Pressed for more details about the film, Mr. Stewart cracked: “I haven’t seen it yet, but I hear it’s good.”

Correspondent John Oliver will handle anchor duties on the New York-based show after Mr. Stewart signs off Thursday night until he returns Sept. 3.