Summer Break

  • Aired:  06/06/13
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Jon discusses his documentary, and confirms Jason Jones is not an international spy. (3:37)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

SO WE WERE JUST WATCHING, WE

WERE JUST WATCHING A FIELD

PIECE IN WHICH JASON JONES

INTERVIEWED IRANIAN

JOURNALIST MAZIAR BAHARI IN

TEHRAN, THE REAL TEHRAN, NOT

ON A GREEN SCREEN.

AND IT WAS ALL JUST GOOD

CLEAN FUN, JUST GOOD, CLEAN,

COMEDIC, SAT TIRIC ART, IT'S

WHAT WE DO.

IT'S SO CLEVER.

AND THEN I GUESS ABOUT A

WEEK AFTER IT AIRED, THIS

HAPPENED.

>> BAHARI WAS DETAINED

WITHOUT CHARGE SUNDAY

MORNING IN TEHRAN.

HE HAS NOT BEEN HEARD FROM

SINCE.

SO I FELT LIKE [BLEEP].

WHAT HAPPENED WAS RIGHT

AFTER THE ELECTION AFTER THE

RIOTS THEY STARTED ARRESTING

A TON OF PEOPLE AND

DETAINING THEM.

MAZIAR WAS HELD IN EVAN

PRISON FOR THREE MONTHS IN

SOLITARY, HE WAS TORTURED

AND INTERROGATED.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS HE WAS

INTERROGATED ABOUT WAS BEING

IN CONTACT WITH AN AMERICAN

SPY.

THE AMERICAN SPY IN QUESTION

WAS THIS GUY.

THEY PLAYED THE TAPE OF THE

PIECE FOR MAZIAR IN THE

PRISON AND SUGGESTED WHY WAS

HE MEETING WITH A SPY.

NOW FIRST OF ALL, JASON IS

IN THE A SPY.

AND SECOND OF ALL, HE'S

CANADIAN.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SO ANYWAY, AS YOU CAN

IMAGINE, A COUPLE OTHER

PEOPLE THAT WE SPOKE TO IN

RA HAM IAZI AND A CLERIC

ALSO IN THE PIECES WERE

ARRESTED AND DETAINED ALONG

WITH THOUSANDS OF IRANIANS.

THE GOOD NEWS IS, IT HAD

NOTHING TO DO WITH US.

IT DIDN'T NECESSARILY EASE

THE PAIN WE FELT FOR PEOPLE

THAT HAD BECOME DEAR FRIENDS

OF OURS AT THAT POINT, BUT

IT DID EASE SOME OF THE

GUILT.

BUT WHAT HAPPENED WAS AFTER

MAZIAR WAS RELEASED DUE TO

AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN

THAT HELPED HIM GET OUT, HE

DECIDED TO WRITE A BOOK

ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE CALLED

THEN THEY CAME FOR ME.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLE BOOK.

HE'S A WONDERFUL WRITER.

HE AND I BECAME FRIENDLY, WE

SAT, WE HAD A BUNCH OF

BREAKFASTS TOGETHER AND

DECIDED WHY DON'T WE TRY AND

TURN THIS DAMN THING INTO A

MOVIE.

AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

SO WE WROTE A LITTLE SCRIPTY

SCRIPT AND AM GOING TO HEAD

OUT AND DO THAT BECAUSE-- IN

TRUTH, GREAT LITERATURE IS

NOT GREAT LITERATURE UNTIL

IT HAS BEEN MADE INTO A

MOVIE.

THE GREAT GATSBY, THE BIBLE,

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF

MEATBALLS.

SO I WROTE THE SCRIPT, PUT

IT IN AN ENVELOPE MARKED

HOLLYWOOD!

CARE OF PRODUCERS!

AND DROPPED IT IN THE MAIL

BOX.

NEXT THING I KNEW I WAS

HEADED TO WHERE STARS ARE

BORN, THE MIDDLE-- MIDDLE

EAST, IN THE DEAD OF SUMMER.

SO THAT'S MY STORY.

I CONSIDER IT A REALLY GREAT

HONOR THAT MAZIAR IS

TRUSTING ME TO TELL HIS

STORY AND I JUST HOPE DEARLY

THAT I DON'T SCREW IT UP.

BE CHECKING IN WITH JOHN

OLIVER THROUGHOUT THE SUM

TORE MAKE SURE HE IS FEEDING

MY PLANTS AND WATERING MY

CHILDREN.

HE'S GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE.

AND I CAN'T THANK ENOUGH THE

CREW HERE AND THE STAFF HERE

FOR COVERING FOR MY SORRY

ASS ALL THESE MONTHS WHILE I

WAS WORKING ON THIS.

AND I WILL MISS YOU FAR MORE

THAN YOU WILL MISS ME.

AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK

BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR

INDULGENCE.

WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A

MINUTE FOR MY

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