Durham Performing Arts Center will present Standup with John Oliver, starring the bespectacled 34-year-old British stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his Emmy Award®-winning work as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22nd, in its brand-new, 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC. 2010 South Florida comedian Mike Lawrence will be the warm-up act.
“John Oliver has been a writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ since 2006. Since then, he has done everything from interviewing UN Ambassadors to breaking his nose fighting for the Confederate army. As a result of his popularity on ‘The Daily Show,’ Comedy Central asked John [Oliver] to write and star in his own one-hour stand-up special, ‘Terrifying Times,’ which premiered in April 2008 and was subsequently released on DVD.
“In 2008, [Oliver] starred in the Mike Myers’ movie The Love Guru, and [he] is currently appearing in a recurring role [as Professor Ian Duncan] in the NBC series ‘Community’ and his own series for Comedy Central, ‘John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.’ John has had multiple Writers Guild® and Emmy® nominations for his writing on ‘The Daily Show’; and in 2009, he won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series. He won the Breakout Award at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
“Alongside long-term writing partner Andy Zaltzman, John [Oliver] currently co-writes and stars in ‘The Bugle,’ an ongoing series of satirical news podcasts, in association with The Times newspaper. [Oliver] co-wrote and hosted three series of the BBC Radio 4 show ‘Political Animal,’ which was based on his satirical live stand-up show with Andy Zaltzman.
“John [Oliver] has also written and starred in three series of ‘The Department’ (BBC Radio 4) alongside Chris Addison and Andy Zaltzman. Further credits include ‘Mock the Week’ (BBC Radio 2), ‘Bremner, Bird & Fortune’ (Channel 4), ‘The Last Word’ (More 4); ‘Green Wing’ (Channel 4), ‘Chambers’ (BBC 1), ‘People Like Us’ (BBC 1), and the Ardal O’Hanlon sitcom ‘My Hero’ (BBC 1), and ‘Important Things with Demetri Martin’ (Comedy Central).”
The Durham Performing Arts Center presents STANDUP WITH JOHN OLIVER at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $31-$41.50 (including fees).
DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787), firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://www.dpacnc.com/events/how_to_buy_tickets.
Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/1149538.
VIDEO PREVIEW (John Oliver): http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/john_oliver/index.jhtml.
VIDEO PREVIEW (Mike Lawrence): http://www.mikelawrencecomedy.com/.
John Oliver: http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/john_oliver/index.jhtml (Comedy Central) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Oliver_(entertainer) (Wikipedia).
Mike Lawrence: http://www.mikelawrencecomedy.com/ (official website).
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