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British comic John Oliver's scalpel approach to humour

Published on Apr 17, 2014 11:42 AM
 
Comedian John Oliver poses for photographers backstage during the 41st International Emmy Awards in New York in this file photo taken November 25, 2013. The 36-year-old has managed to parlay a successful stint filling in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show into a gig hosting a Sunday night news comedy show on HBO that debuts April 27. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British stand-up comedian John Oliver can sound downright angry at times, even though his star is on the rise.

The 36-year-old has managed to parlay a successful stint filling in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show into a gig hosting a Sunday night news comedy show on HBO that debuts April 27.

But get him started on topics from the corrosive influence of money in American politics, to gun control, to the massive General Motors auto recall, and you'll hear no shortage of outrage -- faux or real.

Ahead of the premiere of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, the satirist spoke at the HBO headquarters about what has raised his hackles lately, his non-alpha male status, and why he feels like a three-year-old with a nail gun.

 
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