John Oliver
United Kingdom
2019

John
Oliver

TV Host

Oliver, who began as a writer and then correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” 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 a slew of honors, including two Peabody Awards and an embarrassment of Emmys. At the most recent “71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” his “Last Week Tonight,” which is renewed through the 2020 season, picked up its fourth consecutive outstanding variety talk series trophy.

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
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
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John Oliver Chides AT&T and Targets FCC Over Robocall Rules

John Oliver Chides AT&T and Targets FCC Over Robocall Rules

John Oliver answered the question industry insiders were asking last week as AT&T flexed its corporate muscle with a major shakeup of HBO and Turner management. The "Last Week Tonight" host didn't hold back against parent company of HBO in the show's main segment about efforts to establish tighter rules on robocalling.Oliver ended Sunday's installment by setting up a robocall program to target all five FCC commissioners with an automated call every 90 minutes urging them to support legislative efforts...

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