John Oliver
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United States United Kingdom
2020

Sixteen String Jack Productions

John
Oliver

Ably shifting his show to what was essentially a closet in his house, Oliver — once a writer and correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” — never missed a step covering the most important issues of 2020, such as the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the rise of evictions and unemployment, as well as the effects of COVID-19 on professional sports. His show dives deep on issues of racism in America, including the nationwide protests surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, the relationship between policing and white supremacy and how the history of race is taught in U.S. schools. “Last Week Tonight” has received 20 Emmys since its premiere in 2014, including five consecutive awards for outstanding variety talk series, after earning nine Emmy nominations in 2020.

Career

  • THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
  • COMMUNITY
  • LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER

Education

  • Cambridge University (UK)
  • Christ's College, Cambridge (constituent of University of Cambridge) (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders

Philanthropy

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