John William Oliver (born 23 April 1977) is a British comedian, political satirist and actor. He is best known in America for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the satirical comedy podcast, The Bugle. He plays a recurring character, Professor Ian Duncan, on the television series Community. He has worked extensively with Andy Zaltzman; their body of work includes hundreds of hours of satirical podcasts and radio broadcasts, including series such as Political Animal, The Department, and The Bugle. In 2013, it was announced that Daily Show host Jon Stewart would be taking a three-month leave from the show to direct his first film, titled Rosewater, and that Oliver would be replacing him as host for the summer months. He is a permanent resident of the United States and lives in New York City. Oliver was born in Birmingham and educated in Bedford at the Mark Rutherford School. His parents were teachers from Liverpool and Oliver is a big Liverpool F.C. fan. In 1998 he graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied English and was Vice-President of the Cambridge Footlights for 1997–98, when the President was Richard Ayoade. According to Edward Helmore in The Guardian: "His style leans toward the kind that Americans like best from the British - exaggerated, full of odd accents and mannerisms, in the vein of Monty Python." Oliver first appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2001 as part of The Comedy Zone, a late-night showcase of newer acts. He performed his debut solo show in 2002 and returned in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he collaborated with Andy Zaltzman on a double act and co-hosting Political Animal, with various acts performing political material. Jon Stewart was apparently told about Oliver by a friend, the English comic Ricky Gervais, whom Oliver did not know. After relocating to New York City for The Daily Show, Oliver began performing stand-up in small clubs around the city, later moving on to headline shows in larger venues. Oliver's first stand-up special—entitled John Oliver: Terrifying Times—debuted on Comedy Central on 20 April 2008 and was later released on DVD.
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