Produced on April 23, 1977, in Birmingham, Erdington, England, comic and writer John Oliver attended Christ’s College in the University of Cambridge, where he joined the famous Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe. He was hired as The Daily Show’s “senior British correspondent.” In 2008, John Oliver: Awful Times debuted on Comedy Central. The Daily Show’s longtime host, Jon Stewart, took a hiatus in the show in summer time of 2013, during which time Oliver appeared as interim host. The next year, Oliver debuted his own show called Last Week Tonight on HBO.
As a young lad, Oliver dreamed of one day being a professional football player.
The two bonded and became writing partners, and both joined the famous Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe.
After school, John Oliver continued to compose and perform stand up throughout England. In 2001, he performed in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe within The Comedy Zone. After some time temping and taking on other small-scale jobs, his standup started to develop some notice. In 2004, Oliver collaborated with fellow comic Andy Zaltzman to generate a political radio show, Political Animal.
In 2006, fellow British comedian Ricky Gervais, who had been comfortable with Oliver’s work, told his good buddy, Jon Stewart, of Oliver’s abilities. Oliver had never even been to America when he received a call to audition for The Daily Show. He was chosen to function as the show’s “senior British correspondent.” Oliver’s character on the show showcased one British clich after another, and became the power as a critic of American culture.
In 2007, Oliver rekindled his cooperation with Zaltzman and started a weekly political satirical podcast entitled The Bugle. In 2008, John Oliver: Awful Times debuted on the network.
The exact same year, Oliver was cast in his first film, The Love Guru, alongside Mike Myers. Along with his big screen debut, Oliver was cast as Professor Ian Duncan on the success show Community. He was offered a full time contract together with the show, but declined so he could stay on The Daily Show.
Oliver wed Iraq War veteran Kate Norley in October 2011.
In March 2013, Stewart declared he could be choosing a 12-week hiatus from The Daily Show to direct a movie, Rosewater, with Oliver taking over as interim host of the show for the summer of 2013. Not long after his well-received run as the host of The Daily Show, Oliver got his own news-divine program. He described in a interview with Today that he was both “excited and terrified” about this new enterprise. Oliver found Last Week Tonighton HBO in April 2014.