John Oliver: Topical Comedy, With A Crisp Accent You might recognize British comedian John Oliver from his seat across the desk from Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. This month, Oliver stands up (literally and figuratively) in a new comedy series for Comedy Central. Oliver brings the funny for a conversation with Fresh Air host Terry Gross.
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John Oliver: Topical Comedy, With A Crisp Accent

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John Oliver: Topical Comedy, With A Crisp Accent

John Oliver: Topical Comedy, With A Crisp Accent

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John Oliver got his start performing stand-up routines at the Edinburgh Festival. This fall, he stars as a tipsy psychology professor in NBC's new sitcom, Community. Comedy Central hide caption

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John Oliver got his start performing stand-up routines at the Edinburgh Festival. This fall, he stars as a tipsy psychology professor in NBC's new sitcom, Community.

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For the last three years, comedian John Oliver has been telling some serious jokes as "Senior British Correspondent" on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. He won an Emmy for his work on the show in 2009, but his comedic career is not confined to the fake newsroom.

Also last year, Oliver wrote and starred in his own stand-up special, John Oliver: Terrifying Times and appeared in the Mike Myer comedy flop The Love Guru.

When he's not on the screen, you can hear Oliver on the airwaves as the host of the TimesOnline weekly satirical news podcast called The Bugle, based in the U.K. Oliver shares the mic with co-host Andy Zaltzman, a long-time friend and collaborator in his work for the BBC.

On January 8, 2009, Oliver debuts his newest act: John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. The title, as he explains to Fresh Air host Terry Gross, pretty much says it all.