Name: John William Oliver
Born: April 23, 1977
Occupations: actor, comedian, media critic, podcaster, producer, television host, voiceover artist, writer
John Oliver is an English comedian who grew up the son of teachers in a suburb of Birmingham, England. A breakout funnyman on both sides of the Atlantic, Oliver got his initial performing chops as part of the Cambridge Footlights, a comedy troupe based at Cambridge University, where he studied English Literature. After his experiences at Cambridge, Oliver performed in a show at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, returning in 2002 and 2003 with a solo show of his own.
Before Oliver began his run as senior British correspondent on The Daily Show on Comedy Central, he was a frequent guest on the English politically-themed comedy panel quiz show entitled Mock the Week. Oliver also has a frequent collaborator and writing partner in Andy Zaltzman, with whom he has written and toured several standup comedy shows. The pair also produce a weekly satirical podcast called The Bugle, which has been going strong since 2007, and gets an impressive 500,000 downloads a month. From 2010 to 2013, John also hosted his own series of stand-up shows entitled John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show, which were broadcast on Comedy Central.
Audiences have also seen him on the hit show Community, where he played Dr. Ian Duncan in a recurring guest star role. He’s also done voiceover work that most notably includes voicing Sherlock Holmes on the cartoon Gravity Falls, and Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs 2. In 2014, John Oliver got his own show on HBO entitled Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which he mines political veins for laughs, a la The Daily Show, but with slightly more devilish freedom afforded by the pay-cable giant. Not bad for a guy who only landed on American shores for the first time in 2006, eh? John Oliver’s net worth is currently estimated at $3 million.
How much is $3 million?
John’s $3 million is enough to more than 503,000 copies of the DVD for the Mike Myers movie The Love Guru, in which he had a part. Though if he and his wife, Kate Norley, can make it through that film even once, it would be a Herculean act.