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John Oliver

John Oliver

Birthday: 23 April 1977, Birmingham, England, UK
Birth Name: John William Oliver
Height: 183 cm

John Oliver was born on April 23, 1977 in Birmingham, England as John William Oliver. He is a writer and producer, known for The Daily Show (1996), The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) and John Olive ...Show more

John Oliver
[on Boris Johnson] A man with such horrifically poor judgment, he wasn't just Britain's most ardent Show more [on Boris Johnson] A man with such horrifically poor judgment, he wasn't just Britain's most ardent advocate for pulling out of the EU, he may be its strongest argument for pulling out in general. Hide
Australia turns out to be a sensational place, albeit one of the most comfortably racist places I've Show more Australia turns out to be a sensational place, albeit one of the most comfortably racist places I've ever been in. They've really settled into their intolerance like an old resentful slipper. You can say what you like about Australian racism, it is undeniably specific. I had a couple of Australians - more than one - complain to me about all the Lebbos in the country, referring apparently to the Lebanese. Who the fuck is annoyed by Lebanese people? In a way you have to admire the attention to detail. Not just all those Arabs, but the Lebanese. Hide
[on what he's learned from Jon Stewart] In terms of how he's able to oversee the writing and the pro Show more [on what he's learned from Jon Stewart] In terms of how he's able to oversee the writing and the production of what the script needs every day, that has been interesting. What he's always told us is you want to make sure that the spine of the argument is in shape. You can write jokes at any point of the day. Jokes are not that hard to write, or they shouldn't be when it is literally your job. It's harder to shift the point of view of a headline later in the day. That's the kind of thing you need to keep an eye on early. You'd think you'd come in early in the day and go, "What jokes should we tell?" And that's not always the case. Hide
Why do neo-Nazis always like metal? Is there anyone into both anti-Zionist conspiracy theories and s Show more Why do neo-Nazis always like metal? Is there anyone into both anti-Zionist conspiracy theories and smooth jazz? Hide
Australia is a sensational place and it really begs the question: why the f-- did we make that our p Show more Australia is a sensational place and it really begs the question: why the f-- did we make that our penal colony when its nicer than where we live? We should have said to criminals at the time 'you're all staying here, we're off to go live in paradise'. Hide
Armando Iannucci is one of my heroes. As I was growing up, he was probably the most influential comi Show more Armando Iannucci is one of my heroes. As I was growing up, he was probably the most influential comic voice that I had. The only way I may be able to say thank you is to invite him on a television show, where we're both one step removed from having to directly deal with each other on a human level. Hillary Kun, the guest booker [on The Daily Show (1996)] and I have been talking about who might be interesting to have come on and trying to get a balance of people. And trying to get the Queen. Hide
[on his desire to produce more in-depth analysis of news events] You see something that's a little b Show more [on his desire to produce more in-depth analysis of news events] You see something that's a little bit weird, you start looking into it, and then three days in we have the same meeting which is basically going, 'Holy shit! This is a lot worse than we thought it was going to be'. The problem is that the loudest journalism in America is generally saying the least. Hide
[on attending the last space shuttle launch] It was the single greatest thing I've ever witnessed in Show more [on attending the last space shuttle launch] It was the single greatest thing I've ever witnessed in my life. I nearly cried--and I was not expecting to feel that way. A lot of people there said they found it a religious experience, and I found it the opposite of that. Because it is ungodly. There is nothing more unnatural than a space shuttle launch. It is mankind fighting nature and winning. Nature is trying to suck us back down to earth, and we fight it by strapping ourselves to the top of a missile. And through rocket power --through violence and pure fire--we lift ourselves off the face of the planet. And in doing so we basically tell Florida to go f--k itself. Hide
[on taking over The Daily Show (1996) for Jon Stewart] I'll do anything for him, whether it's hostin Show more [on taking over The Daily Show (1996) for Jon Stewart] I'll do anything for him, whether it's hosting this show or disposing of a body. I guess I was just happy it was the first of those two choices, and I wasn't taking a trip to the East River under the cover of darkness. On the phone with him, I was saying, I'll do it. It was only upon hanging up that my legs started to buckle. I thought, What have I just agreed to? But it was long enough away that it didn't really seem real. Hide
[on preparing for his new show 'Last Week Tonight'] We're trying to build the machine that will one Show more [on preparing for his new show 'Last Week Tonight'] We're trying to build the machine that will one day make fun of stories that haven't happened yet. It's most important task is to take something really depressing in one end and spit out jokes on the other, in about a hundred different ways. Hide
[on newly-installed and embattled General Motors CEO, Mary Barra] She hasn't just broken the glass c Show more [on newly-installed and embattled General Motors CEO, Mary Barra] She hasn't just broken the glass ceiling, she's been ejected through the glass windshield. Hide
John Oliver's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (44)
John Oliver John Oliver'S roles
Coach Green
Coach Green

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

Vanity Smurf
Vanity Smurf

Himself
Himself

Himself - Host
Himself - Host

Dick Pants
Dick Pants

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