John Oliver Critic's Choice Opening (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Sat., Aug. 22, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. 2009

The 32-year-old writer, actor, and stand-up comedian John Oliver was already well known to British fans before he joined The Daily Show in 2006. Oliver was vice president of the Cambridge Footlights (the vaunted theatrical club that also produced Emma Thompson, John Cleese, and Tony Hendra), cocreated and starred in the brilliant BBC Radio 4 series The Department, and was a regular on satirical improv shows like Mock the Week and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Even now that he’s crossed over with a Comedy Central special and a spot on the upcoming NBC sitcom Community, Oliver hasn't toned down his Brit wonkiness for American audiences, so expect plenty of been-there-done-that advice about imperial politics. "The only mistake," he explains to us citizens of the current superpower, "is that you're doing what you're doing now in the age of 24-hour cable news. . . . I for one am glad that the Amritsar Massacre was captured only in watercolor."

Whet Moser

Price: $20

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