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John Oliver is an English actor and comedian best known for his time as a correspondent on the comedic news show The Daily Show and host of the HBO weekly comedic news show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Oliver made his acting debut on the mini-series Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House in 1985. He gained a few more TV roles in the early 2000s, making his feature film debut in the 2008 film The Love Guru. He acted as a voice actor in a few television shows including Gravity Falls (2012) and The Simpsons (2014), and has a recurring role in Community (2009-2014).
The Daily Show
John Oliver first appeared on The Daily Show on July 31st, 2006. He remained a recurring correspondent until leaving the show for his own HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on December 19th, 2013. He acted as the show’s host for 32 episodes from June 10th, 2013, through August 15th, 2013. The same day The Hollywood Reporter published a piece titled “John Oliver’s Last ‘Daily Show’ as Host: 5 Best Moments.”
Oliver shared six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series with the writers of The Daily Show winning three in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He was also shared six Writers Guild Awards nominations for Comedy/Variety Series winning one in 2010.
Social Media Presence
Last Week Tonight Night With John Oliver
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, a half hour comedic news program hosted by Oliver premiered on HBO on April 27th, 2014. The show’s YouTube channel posted its first clip the same day, as of August 2014, the clip has gained over 460,000 views. As of August 2014, the most viewed clip on channel is titled “FIFA and the World Cup,” which was posted on June 8th, and has gained over 7.6 million views. The channel has gained over 570,000 subscribers.
The Hollywood Reporter – John Oliver’s Last ‘Daily Show’ as Host: 5 Best Moments