- Horoscope: Taurus
- Net worth: $5 000 000
- Ethnicity: English-Irish
- Nationality: British
- Fathers name: Jim Oliver
- Mothers name: Carole Oliver
- Education: Christ's College, Cambridge
- Hair color: Dark Brown
- Eye color: Brown
- Lucky number: 9
- Lucky stone: Emerald
- Lucky color: Green
- Match marriage: Virgo, Cancer, Capricorn
John Oliver: biography
John Oliver is a comedian, actor, and writer. John Oliver’s age is 42 and was born on April 23rd, 1977 in Birmingham, England. His weight is 170 lbs (77 kg), and his height is 5ft 11.5 (182 cm). His full name is John William Oliver. He has British nationality, and his ethnicity is white. John Oliver has brown eyes and dark brown hair. His Zodiac sign is Taurus.
He gained his popularity with “The Daily Show,” where he played the role of a senior British correspondent and was also the host for eight-week in 2013 when Jon Stewart was away. Currently, he is the host of HBO series - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He has won six Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards till now and was also named in the 2015 Time 100.
Early Life, Family, and Education
John Oliver was born to Carole and Jim Oliver. John Oliver father was a school headmaster apart from a social worker, while his mother was a music teacher. Oliver’s parents were from Liverpool, Merseyside. Stephen Oliver, the composer, was his uncle and William Boyd Carpenter, who was the Bishop of Ripon and court chaplain to Queen Victoria, was his paternal great-great-grandfather. In childhood, he wanted to become a footballer and was a big fan of Liverpool.
John Oliver bio shows that he was enrolled in Bedford at the Mark Rutherford School. He did his senior secondary from Christ's College, Cambridge. Oliver was also a member of the Cambridge Footlights. This was a professional club run by students of Cambridge University. He completed his graduation from Christ's College in 1998 in English Literature.
Career and Achievements
In 2001, John Oliver first appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He was the part of The Comedy Zone, which was a late-night showcase of newer acts. He played an "oleaginous journalist" character and later he started his debut on a solo show in 2002 and in 2003. However, in 2004 and 2005, Oliver collaborated with Andy Zaltzman. This was a double act and co-hosting Political Animal.
Later, John Oliver moved to New York City for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He started his stand-up comedy acts in small clubs around the city. In 2008, John Oliver: Terrifying Times was aired on Comedy Central. Before joining The Daily Show, he also made an appearance on a British television show - Mock the Week as a panelist. It was based on the satirical news quiz, and John Oliver appeared in 7 out of 11 episodes between 2005 and 2006. British culture is used by Oliver as a primary subject of his jokes.
In July 2006, John Oliver joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He played the role of a Senior British Correspondent. in July 2006. John Oliver also received Emmy Awards in 2009, 2011, and 2012 for outstanding writing.
In 2013, John Oliver guest-hosted The Daily Show for eight weeks when Stewart was busy in directing his movie Rosewater. It was during this period that Oliver's performance received positive reviews eventually making HBO announce a late-night show for Oliver.
John Oliver also co-hosted The Bugle with Andy Zaltzman from 2007 to 2015. This was a weekly satirical comedy podcast. In 2009, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show was also announced by Comedy Central.
The HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver started on the 27th of April 2014, and his contract got extended by HBO through 2017 in February 2015. This is a late-night talk show which gives a satirical look at news, politics, and other current events. The popularity of the show brought Oliver on the 2015 list of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People".
In 2016, John Oliver also received more than 85 million views for his particular segment with Donald Trump. Also, he won Primetime Emmy Awards for two things - Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series the same year. The next year in 2017, Oliver was nominated for three more Primetime Emmy Awards for the same HBO series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Furthermore, John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight also received a Peabody Award in the "Entertainment" category at the 77th Annual Peabody Awards in 2018. John Oliver’s satirical jokes on politics and social changes have been so impactful that these have been dubbed as John Oliver effect. This effect has created an impact even among millennial and Oliver has been able to make them care about things that they care less, such as on bail reform, on net neutrality, etc.
John Oliver’s family includes two sons and his beautiful wife, Kate Norley. His love story is fascinating and full of unpredictable twists and turns. John Oliver was then with The Daily Show when he went in 2008 to cover the Republican National Convention. Oliver was not an American citizen, and he worried about getting in trouble with the law that related to breaching a restricted area. A group of Iraq war veterans helped him and his crew from security officers. One of the combatants was Kate Norley who is currently John Oliver’s wife. She joined the Iraq War as a medic and fought the war. Even though she was a Republican and Oliver a liberal, they both had an instant connection. They dated for three years and then got married in 2011.
John Oliver and Norley had their first child in 2015. She gave birth to a son, prematurely. He survived, and his name is Hudson. After three years they had another son in 2018, and he revealed this to People after the Emmy Awards.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, John Oliver’s net worth is $10 million dollars, and John Oliver’s salary is $5 million per year.
Social Media Activities
John Oliver is quite active on social media, especially to promote his show Last Week Tonight John Oliver. He is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and also encourages his show frequently on Facebook with Last Week Tonight John Oliver ads.
Brands and Endorsements
John Oliver’s earnings include mostly from his popular show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Not much is known about his endorsements, but in 2016 he did endorse Hillary Clinton on the show.