‘America has been very generous in what it has offered up as joke subjects over the years. And American politics, in particular, is a circus of crazy that is unparalleled around the world’
But during the January interview, Oliver promised that his unique position as a transplanted Brit who has adopted America as his home will allow him to tread an interesting line as he comments on goings-on both on U.S. soil and around the world.
“It’s different,” he said. “My view has changed because I view this as my home now. You know, I arrived here as an imposter on a visa, and now I am a legal permanent resident. It’s so romantic, that. “You know, I usually start standup gigs by saying some version of ‘I love it here, and I need you to remember that during the things I’m going to be saying over the next hour and a half.’ ... I think I can play it both ways, because I’m a green card recipient, which means I can’t vote and I am taxed. So that is taxation without representation — and now I get why you got so pissy about it all those years ago. “But, yeah ... America has been very generous in what it has offered up as joke subjects over the years. And American politics, in particular, is a circus of crazy that is unparalleled around the world. You can take that as both a compliment and an insult, (because) I meant it as both.” Oliver said he’s fully aware of the debt he owes to Stewart and The Daily Show, particularly since it was his two months as fill-in host that led directly to HBO offering him his own weekly premium-cable slot. “I think it’s probably the main reason why I’m here now,” he explained. “(Hosting) was a bizarre, exciting, and terrifying experience... I can’t really (comment on how well it went) because I didn’t watch it. I did it. So I don’t really know how it went down. But it’s still on the air, the show. I set myself the achievable goal of just not destroying that particular franchise.
“So the fact that it’s still there and Jon is still doing it, that I took that as a ‘W’ in the ‘win’ column. I guess it went well.”