John began working as a stand-up comedian in 1999.
John wrote and performed the BBC America campaign to encourage their viewers to use closed captioning.
John attended Mark Rutherford Upper School.
John is a graduate of Cambridge University.
John is an ex-member of the Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club.
John was a member of the Comedy Zone Cabaret.
John wrote and starred in the series The Department for BBC Radio.
John broke his nose while filming the segment "War: What It Is Good For" for The Daily Show. He chose not to have it set in the fear that it would prevent future appearances on the show.
John disrupted Joe Scarborough's live MSNBC show at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in May of 2007. He let out an excited cry, which caused Scarborough to address it.
John's passport lists his occupation as a "comedian."
John is a fan of the Liverpool Football Club.
John doesn't drink alcohol much, but when he does, he drinks whiskey.
John has no training as an actor.
John's writing parter is Andy Zaltzman.
[On the United States of America]
John Oliver: It does seem a shame that some of the most wonderful things this nation was built on – free speech, a questioning of authority, and non conformity have somehow been twisted into being labeled 'Un-American'.
[On if there's any issue he'd like to personally tackle]
John Oliver: I will tackle any issue. I see myself very much as the Reggie White of satire. If any issue tries to run through me, I will smack that [expletive] down before dancing arrogantly over the now unconscious issue shouting 'not in my house, baby'. I have made myself the promise that my work at The Daily Show will not be done until I have tackled every issue known to man and three others.
[His perception of the United States before he moved here]
John Oliver: My political perception of the US was similar to that of the rest of the planet which was 'what on earth are you doing?' To paraphrase Oscar Wilde; 'To elect him once was unfortunate – to elect him twice was un-[expletive]-believable'.
[On if he gives money to panhandlers]
John Oliver: Certainly. Of course, to do that I'd need to travel back in time to the last time the word panhandler was used. But once I'd achieved that, I'd certainly give them half a crown or so.
[On if brunch is a bad thing]
John Oliver: Who on earth would be against brunch? What kind of sadistic cynic would set out their stall against a late breakfast? There are frankly bigger problems in the world than people enjoying a meal around eleven o'clock. Even the concept of that question is divisive. Is this country not polarized enough? Come on, this is just what the terrorists want.