“Being a Mets fan is like lending someone a lot of money and you just know that you'll never get paid back.” — John Oliver
John Oliver wears many hats. He’s more of a brand than anything else. One of the hats Oliver wears is that of stand-up comedian.
The British-born funny man excels in political satire but also pokes fun at the media, religion, race, and himself. Oliver does work blue and has a thick British accent.
Since 2010, the Brit has hosted the Comedy Central program John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. The show features performances by four comics with Oliver opening the each program with a few jokes.
Oliver became famous to American audiences in 2006 when he joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was recommended for the job by Ricky Gervais. In 2013, Oliver guest-hosted the program while Stewart was away directing his movie. His run was a success and many thought he should succeed Stewart as host of the Daily Show. Oliver’s name was also bandied around as Craig Ferguson’s replacement for host of The Late Late Show.
Instead, Oliver landed his own show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, on HBO. The program has been well received and Oliver claims he has “full creative freedom.” He can even criticize corporations since HBO doesn’t run ads.
Oliver plays Dr. Ian Duncan on the NBC sitcom Community. He did not accept an offer to become a regular cast member because he wanted to stay on The Daily Show.
Oliver has lent his voice to several animated programs including The Simpsons.
Along with Andy Zaltzman, Oliver hosts the weekly podcast The Bugle. Having begun in 2007, the podcast takes a satirical look at the week’s news. Oliver and Zaltzman have recorded more than 200 shows and enjoy half-a-million downloads a month.
Oliver was born April 23, 1977 in Erdington, England. His parents were teachers. Oliver graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge where he was a member of the comedy troupe The Cambridge Footlights. His contemporaries included Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) and David Mitchell (Peep Show).
Oliver’s wife was a medic in the Iraq War. He roots for Liverpool FC as well as the New York Jets and New York Mets.