John Oliver was born and raised in England, in the year of punk 1977. His passport lists his occupation as “comedian” and as we all know, passports never lie.
He has worked as a stand-up comedian around the UK entertaining and irritating audiences in equal measure, and has regularly taken shows to the Edinburgh Festival.
When The Daily Show with Jon Stewart came knocking at his door, John flung it open and jumped into their arms with a relish which made all parties slightly uncomfortable. He is very pleased to be coming to ply his trade in your country, as to be honest, he had all but burnt his bridges in his own.
Since 2006, John Oliver has been a writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As a result of his popularity on The Daily Show, the network asked John to write and star in his own one hour stand-up special, Terrifying Times, which premiered in April 2008 and was subsequently released on DVD.
In 2008, John starred in the Mike Myer’s movie, The Love Guru and secured a recurring role in the NBC series, Community as well as his own series for Comedy Central, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.
John left The Daily Show at the end of 2013 and currently hosts his own topical comedy series on HBO.
John Oliver also regularly performs his stand-up comedy act at colleges and comedy venues throughout the United States.