"Sarah Palin at a breakfast bar, I think my life could just be over at that point," he said. "There is a significant voice in my head that says, 'Check in and go to breakfast.' I'm sure she does a heavy breakfast with loads of moose-based bagels."
There is no premiere date for the show as of yet, nor does it have a name. Oliver is taking suggestions, though.
The plea resulted in one hapless journalist effecting a bad English accent and offering up the Oliver Twist-inspired title, "Can I Have Some More Please, with John Oliver."
"That's racist!" erupted Oliver, sitting up in his chair. "It's OK for me to do Dickens humor, but you can't do Dickens humor. There's something so infuriating about you doing that accent."
When he had calmed down ("I'm British, we're emotional volcanoes," he explained. "I'm doomed to erupt again in 45 years."), Oliver promised to add the name to the list.
After all, it was Oliver's stint filling in for Stewart as host of "The Daily Show" this past summer that likely resulted in his getting a contract with HBO.
"I set myself the achievable goal of not destroying that particular franchise," Oliver said. "And the fact that it's still there, and Jon Stewart is still hosting it, well, I can mark it a 'W' in the 'Win' column."