John William Oliver

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John William Oliver (born 23 April 1977) is an English comedian, political commentator, television host, and occasional actor. He is widely known in the United States for hosting HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He co-hosts the satirical comedy podcast The Bugle and hosted John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central.

He has worked extensively with Andy Zaltzman; their body of work includes hundreds of hours of satirical podcasts and radio broadcasts, including series such as Political Animal, The Department, and The Bugle.


Early life

Oliver was born in Erdington, a suburb of Birmingham,and educated in Bedford at the Mark Rutherford School.He is the son of Carole, a music teacher, and Jim Oliver, school headmaster and social worker, both originally from Liverpool.His uncle was composer Stephen Oliver, and his paternal great-great-grandfather was William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria. In the mid to late 1990s, Oliver was a member of the Cambridge Footlights, the comedy troupe run by students of Cambridge University, with contemporaries including David Mitchell and Richard Ayoade. In 1997, he was the troupe's vice president.In 1998, he graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge, where he read English.

Birth name         John William Oliver
Born                      23 April 1977 (age 38)
                               Birmingham, England
                               Medium     
                                Film
                               Stand-up
                               Television

Nationality             British
Alma mater         Christ's College, Cambridge
Years active         1998–present
Genres     

                    Blue comedy
                    Cringe comedy
                    News satire
                    Observational comedy
                    Political satire
                    Sarcasm
                    Self-deprecation

Subject(s)     

    American politics
    Civil rights
    Current events
    Human sexuality
    Mass media
    Media criticism
    News media
    Race relations
    Religion

Spouse     Kate Norley (m. 2011)
Children     1
Website     Official website



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