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Friday, February 24, 2012

John Oliver continues British invasion at Punchline

American audiences can only wonder how funnyman John Oliver plays to his English countrymen. The comedian and "Daily Show" correspondent makes his Britishness an overt part of his performing style, as you can note in his voice performance in this BBC America promo. I get the impression that he uses his English accent as a counterpoint to his carefully-timed f-bombs, "arseholes" and other profanities. Then again, on his long-running, light-hearted news podcast The Bugle he performs basically the same way with his colleague Andy Saltzman, who's no less British. (You can support the financially-challenged podcast here.) Oliver performs Feb. 24 and 25 at the Punchline; here's a recent "Daily Show" clip of Oliver celebrating the behavior of Georgia's Newt Gingrich.

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