John Oliver is an Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award-winning writer, comedian, and host of HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. On his occasional breaks from television, Oliver returns to his first love of stand-up, performing to sold-out venues around the world. From 2006-2013, he was a correspondent on the multi-award winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, guest-hosting the show for two months during Stewart’s absence in 2013.
He first came to prominence as a cutting-edge political stand-up in the UK, with a string of television appearances and sold-out solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival. Having made the move to America in 2006 to work on The Daily Show, Oliver won the Breakout Award at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2007. He wrote and starred in his first hour-long Comedy Central stand-up special, John Oliver: Terrifying Times in 2008, and went on to host four seasons of his own stand-up series for Comedy Central, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, which featured a handpicked selection of his favourite comedians.
With long-time collaborator Andy Zaltzman, Oliver co-wrote and co-presented the hugely popular weekly satirical podcast The Bugle. Since its inception in 2007, the podcast grew to be a chart-topping success, pulling in more than 500,000 downloads a week.
Oliver played Dr. Ian Duncan on the NBC sitcom Community; was the voice of Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs move and The Smurfs 2; appeared in The Simpsons as Marge and Homer’s next door neighbour, Booth Wilkes-John; and voices the role of Augustus P. Crumhorn in Danger Mouse.
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