The John Oliver Origins Story

As told by The Times of London's theater and comedy critic.

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“I systematically failed to be a comedian in England.” Those words were spoken a week ago in Los Angeles by Emmy winner John Oliver as he visited the backstage press room.

Oliver has never shied away from his humble beginnings, and this weekend, Dominic Maxwell, the theater and comedy critic for The Times of London, revisits the details of that history. Ahead of tonight’s 80th episode of Last Week Tonight. From Maxwell’s piece:

Whoever saw this coming? Not me.

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