August 13, 2012

John Oliver of The Daily Show Will Play Bailey Hall Show

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British comedian John Oliver is coming to Cornell early this fall, the Cornell University Planning Board confirmed Tuesday. Oliver will perform a stand-up show Sept. 8 at Bailey Hall.

The 35-year-old from Birmingham, England, is best known for his political satire as a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He also plays the recurring role of Professor Ian Duncan on NBC’s comedy series Community.

Oliver got his start in comedy doing late-night stand-up in England before moving to New York in 2006 to join Jon Stewart. He launched his own Comedy Central show, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, in 2010.

“He’s a really solid stand-up comedian — that’s his background,” said Tajwar Mazhar ’13, executive chair of CUPB. “We thought he would be a good way to start the year.”

Mazhar said a special guest star, to be announced at a later date, will join Oliver on stage at Cornell. Tickets to the show will be sold at beginning Aug. 23.

Original Author: Rebecca Harris