‘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’

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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.”

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