|John Oliver, best known for hosting HBO's Last Week Tonight, has become a voice of objectivity in a midst of a split America. In what has been described by TIME as 'The John Oliver Effect', the host's comedic, yet nuanced take on complex socio-political issues has had vast influence on real world events, the New York mayor relaxing bail requirements just one of few ripple effects.
John Oliver was born in Birmingham and began as a stand-up comedian. He rose to fame in the US through his work on The Daily Show before beginning his HBO show in 2014 on which he exercise his full creative license to brazenly call out injustices and equalities of the present day, managing to be simultaneously humorous yet high-impact. For this work, Oliver has won thirteen Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards and was included in the 2015 Time 100.
"John is powerful because he isn’t afraid to tackle important issues thoughtfully, without fear or apology."
Last Week Tonight's season finale last month gave a run down of some of the catastrophic events of 2020. He looks towards next year with a glimmer of hope but warns that what happens next is up to us, "how willing we are to fight, how well we learn from what’s happened, and how much we are able to care about each other". Come what may in 2021, Oliver will continue to deliver his dose of sanity to the absurdities life, policies, legislation and politics bring.
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