- NAME: John Oliver
- OCCUPATION: Actor, Comedian, Political Scientist, Radio Personality, Television Personality, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: April 23, 1977 (Age: 36)
- EDUCATION: University of Cambridge, Christ's College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Birmingham, Erdington, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: John William Oliver
- AKA: John Oliver
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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John Oliver is a British comedian and writer best known as The Daily Show's "senior British correspondent."
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Born on April 23, 1977, in Birmingham, Erdington, England, comedian and writer John Oliver attended Christ's College at the University of Cambridge, where he joined the famed Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe. He continued to write and perform stand-up throughout England after college, and after co-creating the political radio show Political Animal and becoming a regular guest on television's Mock the Week,
"Jon Stewart has a strict quota of British people that he allows around him at any one time. Whenever Ricky Gervais is in the building, I have to leave and stand outside."
Oliver received a call to audition for The Daily Show in 2006. He was hired as The Daily Show's "senior British correspondent." In 2008, John Oliver: Terrible Times debuted on Comedy Central. The Daily Show's longtime host, Jon Stewart, took a hiatus from the show in the summer of 2013, during which time Oliver appeared as interim host.
Comedian and writer John William Oliver was born on April 23, 1977, in the Birmingham suburb of Erdington, England, to two teachers. As a young boy, Oliver dreamed of one day becoming a professional football player.
Oliver attended Christ's College at the University of Cambridge to study English, though he found himself more occupied with stand-up comedy than with keeping up with his schoolwork. He found his niche when he met Richard Ayoade, a fellow Cambridge student. The two bonded and became writing partners, and both joined the famed Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe.
After college, John Oliver continued to write and perform stand-up throughout England. In 2001, he performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of The Comedy Zone. After some time temping and taking on other small jobs, his stand-up began to gain some notice. In 2004, Oliver collaborated with fellow comedian Andy Zaltzman to create a political radio show, Political Animal. He began to receive jobs with BBC, and by 2005, had become a regular guest on the network's comedic television program Mock the Week.
In 2006, fellow British comedian Ricky Gervais, who was familiar with Oliver's work, told his good friend, Jon Stewart, of Oliver's talents. Oliver had never even been to the United States when he received a call to audition for The Daily Show. He was selected to be the show's "senior British correspondent." Oliver's character on the show showcased one British cliché after another, and became the authority as a critic of American culture.
In 2007, Oliver rekindled his collaboration with Zaltzman and began a weekly political satirical podcast entitled The Bugle. His rise in popularity prompted Comedy Central to offer Oliver his own stand up special. In 2008, John Oliver: Terrible Times debuted on the network.
Oliver stood out on the picket lines in 2008 with the Writers Guild of America—a strike that caused The Daily Show to go on hiatus. That same year, Oliver was cast in his first movie, The Love Guru, alongside Mike Myers. In addition to his big-screen debut, Oliver was cast as Professor Ian Duncan on the hit series Community.
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