John Oliver
United Kingdom
2018

Sixteen String Jack Productions

John
Oliver

Host

Oliver isn’t comfortable being called a reporter, nor does he like “investigative comedy,” a phrase sometimes used to describe his weekly HBO show, “Last Week Tonight.” But there’s no denying the journalistic impact of his series, which backs his no-holds-barred opinions with the thoroughly researched analyses of important issues that make up the central segment of each episode. The comically informative combination has won the show six Emmys and two Peabody Awards and, for many left-leaning TV viewers, made him a thought-leading guide through some of today’s most complicated political thickets. His influence on issues like net neutrality, one of the first thorny issues he helped unpack on air, is so prevalent it even has a nickname: the Oliver Effect.

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

  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
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'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Wins Third Straight Variety Talk Series Emmy

'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Wins Third Straight Variety Talk Series Emmy

"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" won the variety talk series Emmy at the 70th annual awards.This marks the third consecutive victory for the HBO late-night show. This year, it beat TBS' "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" and "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" to take home the gold.Oliver opened his acceptance speech by cracking a joke about the...

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