Who is John Oliver?
John William Oliver is a popular English comedian, writer, producer, actor, and TV personality. He became known for his work in the news and satire program ‘The Daily Show with John Stewart’ for which he has won three Emmy Awards. Born in West Midlands, England, he studied at the Christ’s College, Cambridge University. During his time at the college, he became a member of the famous Cambridge Footlights Comedy Troupe. After his graduation, he continued to write as well as perform standup throughout England. Later, he co-created Political Animal, a political radio show, and also became a regular guest on the TV show ‘Mock the Week’. He reached the peak of his career with his work in ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ where he was the senior British correspondent for around seven years. He has also played guest roles in TV shows, such as ‘People Like Us’ and ‘Danger Mouse’. He voiced one of the supporting characters in ‘The Smurfs,’ an American animated film, as well as in its sequel ‘The Smurfs 2’. In his career so far, he has won six Emmy Awards, out of twelve nominations. He has also won other prestigious awards such as The Writers Guild of America Award, the Dorian Award, and the Webby Award.
Childhood & Early Life
John William Oliver was born on 23rd April 1977, in Erdington, West Midlands, England, to Carole and Jim Oliver. His father was a school headmaster and a social worker, while his mother was a music teacher.
After completing his schooling, he studied at Christ’s University, Cambridge. During his time there, he was also a member of Cambridge Footlights, a famous theatrical club run by the students of the Cambridge University. He graduated in 1998, with a degree in English literature.
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John Oliver made his acting debut with a guest role in the TV series ‘Bleak House’ in 1985. He was next seen in other TV shows such as ‘People Like Us’, ‘Hero’ and ‘Green Mile’. From 2009 to 2014, he was seen in the TV series ‘Community’ in a recurring role. His other works include voice roles in the TV series ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Danger Mouse’.
Oliver made his big screen debut with a supporting role in the 2008 American romantic comedy film ‘The Love Guru’. The film did poorly commercially, and its critical reception was also hugely negative. In 2011, he was seen in a short film named ‘Moves: The Rise and Rise of the New Pornographers’.
In 2011, he had a supporting voice role in the animated comedy film ‘The Smurfs’. Made on a budget of $110 million, the film turned out to be a huge financial success, earning more than $560 million. It was met with mostly average reviews. A sequel, titled ‘The Smurfs 2’, was released in 2013 where Oliver reprised his role.
‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ (also known as The Daily Show’) is one of John Oliver’s most important works. The show was known for its satire of recent news stories, political figures, and media organizations. It earned a lot of popularity and appreciation, and won 24 Emmy Awards. Oliver himself won three for his outstanding work in the show.
He is the creator, writer, host, and executive producer of the TV series ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’. The show, which takes a satirical look at recent news and current events, has been airing since 2014. The show has gained a wide viewership and Oliver has received several Emmy awards and nominations for his work.
One of his best acting works is a recurring role in the comedy series ‘Community’ where he played Ian Duncan. The show, which aired from 2009 to 2014, earned critical acclaim. It also developed a cult following. It has received several awards and nominations as well.
John Oliver has been married to Kate Norley since 2011. She is an Iraq War veteran who had served as a US Army medic. They met at the Republican National Convention in 2008. They have one son, who was born prematurely in 2015. The family resides in New York City.