‘Last Week Tonight’s Star John Oliver is an award-winning British comedian, TV host, political activist, and producer. Oliver was British Correspondent for the Daily Show and is famous for being the host of HBO series ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.’
John Oliver is a famous television personality who has gained a wide recognition and has received numerous awards. Let’s look at his biography, career and net worth, don’t go anywhere.
Early Life: Education and Career
John Oliver was born in Erdington, England on April 23, 1977. His parents were originally from Liverpool, his father was a school headmaster and a social worker while his mother was a music teacher and they both supported Oliver while he was growing up.
Oliver attended Mark Rutherford School and after his high school, he enrolled in Christ’s College in Cambridge where he obtained a degree in English. He graduated from Christ’s College in 1998 and prior to his graduation; he was the vice-president of the Cambridge Footlights Club, an amateur theatre troupe. The Cambridge University Dramatic club performed various shows including pantomimes and standup comedy shows.
John Oliver, however, started his career with the Cambridge Footlights Club he performed standup comedy for the group for both local and international shows. He played a role of a fulsome Journalist at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001.
After his graduation from College came into the limelight after he made his debut in 2002 when he performed solo in shows and he returned in 2003. As from 2004, he paired up with Andy Zaltzman and the duo introduced and co-hosted their show called ‘Political Animal.’
In 2006, a fellow comedian Ricky Gervais informed Jon Stewart the host for the ‘The Daily Show’ about John Oliver’s potentials which led to his invitation to audition for ‘The Daily Show’ and he finally got the job. After he moved to New York, the young and upcoming comedian started performing in clubs, his success, however, took him to a greater height in America.
After a while, he was already getting to the peak of his career, he hosted several shows around New York including The Bugle from 2007 to 2015, a comedy podcast which he co-hosted with Andy Zaltzman, John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show from 2010 to 2013 and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver since 2014, a late night show that is based on events, news, and American politics.
Oliver’s versatility extends to being an actor and he began his movie career in 2008. He has starred in several films including ‘The Love Guru’ (2008), ‘The Smurfs’ (2011). His recent cast to be seen in 2019 includes ‘Amusement Park’ and ‘The Lion King’.
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Pranks on New York Yankees
The New York Yankees is an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. Apparently, the comedian John Oliver is so talented that he utilizes every opportunity. Just recently he pulled off a prank to protest the team’s new and more stringent policy that will largely serve to shut the average fan out of premium seating in Yankee Stadium during baseball games.
A game they say recognizes another game. Not only did he stick to it and win but he also got an applause for doing so from the Yankees. The Yankees manager, however, said that everyone is welcome at the Yankees Stadium.
His Take on Trump
Oliver is a political activist and commentator so he uses his show as an avenue to talk about Trumps’s administration including his decisions, media controversies, and criticisms. He discusses Trump on his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, during the 22-minute segment he dedicated to events, news, and American politics.
Though John Oliver does not like the amount of time he spends talking about Trump, he does make a lot of sense because the program tries to dig deep into Trump’s behavior with the media, his political appointments, and what he has been able to achieve since he took over as President of the US.
According to Oliver, Trump’s style of leadership is very frustrating and poses a great threat to American Politics. Trump’s famous cry over the media saying ‘Fake News’ has become a norm around the Oval Office and Oliver’s evaluation of Trump’s Presidency is nothing less than a mistake Americans have made.
John Oliver’s Church
The Last Week Tonight star views religion as a thing that should be given freely to help raise people’s spiritual life rather than defrauding people and this led him to establish a church named ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption’. According to Oliver, he aims at using the church to expose the prosperity gospel preachers who go about defrauding people.
He also believes that since money flows in and out of churches, then it’s not right for churches to be exempted from paying tax. This, however, is part of the issues featured in the 22-minute segment on his late night show.
However, Oliver’s church was shut down in September 2015 and all the donations were forwarded to ‘Doctors Without Borders’.
Personal Life: Children, Wife, and Wedding
John Oliver’s personal life has been a wonderful one, he currently lives in New York City with his family. He found love in the unlikeliest of places, at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
At the time, comedian John Oliver was two years into his career as Senior British Correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As a covert operative for the liberal elite, Oliver was working unknowingly behind enemy lines at the RNC and suddenly the convention security went after him for trespassing into a restricted area; he fled with his camera crew knowing that he had just a temporary visa and might be deported.
Oliver and his crew happened to bump into a group of veterans who offered to help them. Alas, one of those veterans was Oliver’s future wife, a U.S. Army combat medic named Kate Norley.
After exchanging emails in 2008, Oliver and Norley struck up a friendship and in 2010, Oliver proposed and the couple tied the knot one year later. Together, the couple has one child, a son, born in 2015.
John Oliver Net Worth and Awards
The British actor and comedian has an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2017 and he earns an annual salary of $2 million from Last Week Tonight show.
The comedian won numerous awards including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in 2015 and in 2016 he won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
In 2017, he was nominated for three more Primetime Emmy Awards for the series. From 2009 to 2014 he appeared in the television series Community.
Quick Facts About John Oliver / Wiki
Full Name: John William Oliver
Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television producer, Voice Actor
Height: 6 ft (1.83 m)
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: April 23, 1977
Place of Birth: Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Education: Christ’s College, Cambridge
Marital status: Married (Kate Norley m. 2011)
Net Worth: $5 Million