John Oliver

John Oliver

John Oliver has been a writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2006. As a result of his popularity on The Daily Show, Comedy Central asked John to write and star in his own one hour stand up special, Terrifying Times, which premiered in April 2008 and was subsequently released on DVD. In 2008, John starred in the Mike Myers’ movie The Love Guru, and is currently appearing in a recurring role in the NBC series Community and his own series for Comedy Central, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. John has had multiple Writers Guild and Emmy nominations for his writing on The Daily Show and in 2009 he won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series.

Alongside long term writing partner Andy Zaltzman, John currently co-writes and stars in The Bugle, an ongoing series of satirical news podcasts, in association with The Times newspaper. John co-wrote and hosted three series of the BBC Radio 4 show Political Animal, which was based on his satirical live stand up show with Andy Zaltzman. John has also written and starred in three series of The Department (BBC Radio 4) alongside Chris Addison and Andy Zaltzman.  Further credits include Mock the Week (BBC Radio 2), Bremner, Bird & Fortune (Channel 4), The Last Word (More 4); Green Wing (Channel 4), Chambers (BBC 1), People Like Us (BBC 1) and the Ardal O’Hanlon sitcom My Hero (BBC 1), and Important Things with Demetri Martin (Comedy Central).

John also regularly performs his stand-up comedy act at colleges and comedy venues throughout the United States.

Click here to watch a video clip of John Oliver on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Oct. 21 Ferguson Hall
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Show Dates & Times

Oct. 21

Fri. 8 p.m.


Regularly priced tickets start at $34.50 in advance; $39.50 day of show.

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What to Expect

General warning: contains mature subject matter and language.


“Wildly funny.” -- The Telegraph

"A wonderfully intelligent comic.” -- Evening Standard

“Comedy for smart people.” -- The Sunday Times

"Oliver is a master storyteller, stringing jokes together so tightly that not a syllable falls out of place.” -- The Onion