“The most consistently funny correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
The New York Times
Join Emmy Award winning JOHN OLIVER, the resident British roving correspondent on the internationally acclaimed The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as he invites his favourite U.S. stand-up comics to perform in front of a live New York City audience. The line-up includes JANEANE GAROFALO (The Larry Sanders Show), MARC MARON (WTF Podcast), MARY LYNN RAJSKUB (24), EUGENE MIRMAN (Bob’s Burgers) and KRISTEN SCHAAL (Flight of the Conchords). This tailor made programme gives the British TV audience a sneak peek into the American comedy scene, introducing some exciting new faces, and some very familiar ones, from the world of film and television. John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show debuted in 2010 on Comedy Central (the only all-comedy network in the US, which is available in more than 95 million homes) and has since run for two series on the channel, with a third already commissioned.
One of Britain’s most famous comedy exports to the U.S., John OLIVER is a resident writer and correspondent on the multi-award¬-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which he joined in 2006. He has gone on to personally win both Emmy and Writers Guild Awards for his writing on the show. In addition to the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, JOHN also won the Breakout Award at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2007 and appeared in his first Comedy Central stand-up special, John Oliver: Terrifying Times in April 2008. Back in the UK, with long-term writing partner ANDY ZALTZMAN, JOHN wrote and hosted the BBC Radio 4 show Political Animal - together they still produce the hugely successful podcast The Bugle, which averages around 400,000 downloads per week. JOHN has additionally written and starred in three series’ of The Department (BBC Radio 4) alongside CHRIS ADDISON and ANDY ZALTZMAN. In addition, John was a regular panellist on the first few series of Mock the Week and can currently be seen in NBC’s hit comedy Community.
What the U.S. press said about the show and John Oliver during the launch of series one:
“Not surprisingly, it's funny.”
USA Today/Pop Candy
“The resident runaway wit of The Daily Show, John Oliver’s pop-cultural meteor is on the rise.”
“Laughed my face off because the "Daily Show" correspondent has gathered some of the most brilliant, uproarious and offensive comedians to perform”
The New York Post
“He continues to be a popular correspondent on The Daily Show - a post he’s held since 2006 - as well as a co-star on the Joel McHale sitcom Community, one of the few reasons that NBC hasn’t gone out of business yet.”
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Currently Avalon Television produces; the quadruple-BAFTA and triple British Comedy award-winning Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1); Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC THREE), recommissioned for series four and five in 2011; four series of the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE); critically acclaimed topical comedy show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC TWO), returning for a further two series in 2011; brand new topical programme That Sunday Night Show (ITV 1), hosted by Adrian Chiles and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC THREE), returning for series two in 2011.
In the US Avalon Television is currently producing two series for Comedy Central; the scripted comedy Workaholics and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. Also an established provider of digital content, The Handlers, starring Bryan Cranston, is currently represented on Atom.com.
Avalon Television also produces BBC Radio 5 Live’s 7 Day Sunday hosted by CHRIS ADDISON with regular guests SARAH MILLICAN and ANDY ZALTZMAN; Yes it’s the Ashes, ANDY ZALTZMAN’s topical look at the ashes series; Dave Gorman’s Sunday Morning Show for Absolute Radio; and The Frank Skinner Show, Absolute Radio’s Saturday morning’s flagship show, whose spin-off podcasts were the station’s most downloaded of 2009 with over 1.6 million downloads.
Avalon Television is a leading producer of award-winning comedy and entertainment programmes in the UK and US. Founded in 1993, the independent production house supplies television programming to all the British terrestrial channels and leading cable and satellite stations, in addition to content for radio broadcasters. Avalon Television has produced Fantasy Football League (BBC TWO, ITV 1) with DAVID BADDIEL and FRANK SKINNER; BAFTA nominated Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV 1); three series of BAFTA award-winning The Harry Hill Show (Channel 4); the first ever UK arena comedy show Baddiel and Newman in Pieces at Wembley and Royal Television Society Award nominated The Frank Skinner Show (BBC ONE, ITV 1), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak.