Emmy Award-winning comedian John Oliver steps into the spotlight to host his own stand-up series, JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND-UP SHOW. Premiering exclusively on The Comedy Network, Sunday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET, every Saturday night for six weeks, Oliver draws from a wellspring of funny friends to bring in the laughs.
Emmy Award®-winning comedian John Oliver hosts his own stand-up series
In John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Oliver, known for his stint as British Correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ? plays host to a night of stand-up featuring today’s hottest comedians. Each episode opens with Oliver’s witty observations before introducing his guests’ show-stopping performances. The laughs come courtesy of notable comedy greats such as Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn, Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll and Greg Fitzsimmons. Other comics appearing on the series include Mary Lynn Rajskub, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Chris Hardwick, Matt McCarthy and Hari Kondabolu.
In the premiere episode, Oliver discusses his surprising affection for America, the upside-down existences of Australians and the effects of voting under the influence. Episode 1 also includes sets from Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll, Greg Fitzsimmons and Eugene Mirman.
John Oliver on Immigration:
“It’s an ongoing, and slightly unsettling, battle to be honest. I tried engraving ‘Give me your tired, your poor, and your aspiring comic performers’ into the base of the Statue of Liberty, but apparently that’s not legally binding.”
Maria Bamford on Healthy Eating
“My boyfriend said ‘Hey, why don’t you try eating something healthier like a piece of whole wheat toast with a banana spread on it’. ‘Cause THAT’s good.’ Ya, no. I can’t do that…’cause I’m not a liar. That is not good. That is not delicious. At all.”
Greg Fitzsimmons on NYU
“I was rejected from New York University so it’s pretty sweet to be standing right here in the middle of it…with my shitty SAT scores and my bad grades being paid to lecture.”