[26] Since 2010, Oliver has hosted four seasons of John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. [6][13], Since childhood, he has been a fan of Liverpool FC, noting in interviews that "my mum's family are from Knotty Ash and my dad's family are from the Wirral, so supporting Liverpool was very much not a choice". William Boyd Carpenter, Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria, was his paternal great-great-grandfather.

He went on to then direct Fast & Furious 6, another massive hit, and for his last big screen effort ventured into outer space for Star Trek Beyond.

As season three wound down, Community received another fatal injury. Even with all this doom and gloom, hope persisted that Community still had life left. During a sketch, he pointed out that he was then in America on a visitors' visa that requires him not to strike while the show is in production, as violation of the terms of the visa would be grounds for deportation. [17][18] In 1998, Oliver graduated from Christ's College with a degree in English.[19][20]. We want to hear from you! However, he declined becoming a regular cast member because he did not want to leave The Daily Show. He was also a notable creative force behind the scenes, both as a writer and as a director – and that makes sense when you take note of his accomplishments beyond the NBC sitcom. [115] Oliver occasionally wears a 1st Cavalry Division lapel pin – his wife's unit in Iraq. With his own show, Oliver gave up playing Ian permanently. "[93] Oliver's team, which includes four researchers with journalism backgrounds,[94] collected and analysed the organization's state and federal tax forms to find that the its scholarship programme only distributes a small fraction of the claimed "$45 million made available annually". After reporting that Connecticut jury rolls had excluded two entire towns, Oliver said, "If you’re going to forget a town in Connecticut, why not forget Danbury?"

Among them were producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, writer Chris McKenna, and writer Dino "Star-Burns" Stamatopoulos. On top of Chase talking smack about Community, NBC didn't seem to have much faith in it either, despite its critical acclaim. In particular, it lost Joe and Anthony Russo, who left to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier. John Oliver had to conclude his time as part of Community in 2014 (a.k.a. [2], Oliver's philanthropy includes an on-air giveaway in which he forgave over $15 million of medical debt owed by over 9,000 people. Both of his parents are originally from Liverpool, Merseyside. Shown in brief segments before shows, "The following program contains accents you would have heard a lot more if you hadn't thrown our tea into Boston Harbour", says one. But hope remains: with or without Yahoo!, Harmon has said there might be a movie. Oliver has also worked on Gravity Falls as the voice of Sherlock Holmes (season 1, episode 3), Rick and Morty as an amoeba named Dr Xenon Bloom (season 1, episode 3), People Like Us as a bank manager (season 2, episode 5), Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja as the voice of Coach Green (season 1, episode 9), My Hero as a man from the BBC (season 2, episode 5), Green Wing as a car salesman (season 1, episode 1), and Bob's Burgers as a cat agent (season 7, episode 10). All the same, we’ll always remember him as the drunk Greendale professor who rapped about his penis and drinking tea at a school dance. In addition to Dan Harmon getting canned, NBC lost more behind-the-camera talent. [107], In August 2020, Mayor Mark Boughton announced plans to rename the City of Danbury Sewer Treatment Plant as the “John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant” in retaliation for remarks Oliver had previously made mocking Danbury. [108], Oliver lives in New York City with his wife Kate Norley, an Iraq War veteran who served as a United States Army medic. [31][32] Oliver describes his own accent as a "mongrel" of Brummie, Scouse, and Bedford influences.

All you have to do is watch the NBC series to understand this, but it’s also very much reflected in all of the success that key contributors have had in the years since being a part of it. [59], Oliver had a recurring role on the NBC comedy Community as psychology professor Ian Duncan. [75] On Monty Python he states, "citing them as an influence is almost redundant. On paper, a funny, critically acclaimed show like Community looks like a sure bet for a long-lived television series. [135], Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series, Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Writing, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television, Dorian Award for TV Current Affairs Show of the Year, GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Talk Show, TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Environmental Media Award for Best Reality Television, Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety – Talk Series, Webby Award for Best Writing in Film & Video, TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows, People's Choice Award for The Nighttime Talk Show of 2019, Dorian TV Award for Best Current Affairs Program, Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S. Oliver's contemporaries included David Mitchell and Richard Ayoade. Troy was unquestionably one of the best parts of Community, not only being half of the genius Troy & Abed duo, but also independently providing hilarity and surprising pathos. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. Oliver served as a recurring figure as the psychology professor at Greendale Community College for the series' first two seasons. ", "Smurfs casting update: 'SNL' cast and John Oliver join voice cast", Smurfs casting update, SNL cast members and John Oliver join voice cast, "John Oliver To Star In Absolutely Anything, Robin Williams And Monty Python Cast In Talks", "Simon Pegg Joins Monty Python Members in 'Absolutely Anything' – /Film", "John Oliver Joins Disney's Live-Action 'The Lion King' (Exclusive)", "Video Premiere: The Fiery Furnaces: 'Even in the Rain, "Wyatt Cenac to Star in John Oliver Docu-Series on HBO", "HBO's New Late-Night Host John Oliver Reveals His 5 Comedic Influences", "How John Oliver became an American star", "John Oliver on Monty Python: 'inspirational idiots who changed comedy, "How John Oliver Transformed the Net Neutrality Debate Once and for All", "John Oliver's rant about net neutrality crashes FCC site", "Read the FCC's internal emails about John Oliver's net neutrality segment", "FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: 'I Am Not a Dingo, "FCC received a total of 3.7 million comments on net neutrality", "F.C.C., in a Shift, Backs Fast Lanes for Web Traffic", "F.C.C. By this point, everyone had had their fill of Chevy Chase's behavior. Even more surprising, Dan Harmon came back. From the genius mind of Dan Harmon serving as showrunner, to the incredible talents of Donald Glover on screen, every aspect of the show had brilliant people contributing to the overall greatness. On 14 September 2020, HBO renewed Last Week Tonight for three years, through 2023. [72], In 2018, Oliver began working as an executive producer for Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas. The role blossomed into more excellence in Season 5, with Larson returning for two more episodes – but since then the actor’s profile has absolutely exploded. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade. [89][c], Oliver maintains that he is not a journalist,[90] but reporters have argued that his show does engage in journalism.

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