John Oliver talks llamas, Ray Lewis and the greatness that is Herman Cain
The first time John Oliver agreed to do an interview with Westword, Michael Roberts noted the utter futility of pointing out when either party -- but mostly the "humble scribe" -- laughed due to the ubiquitous chortles throughout. Five years later, Humble Scribe No. 2 (aka, yours truly), could have easily written the exact same thing. John Oliver is that funny: Everything you ask, he'll answer with a hilarious response.
The Daily Show's British correspondent is in town this Friday and Saturday at Comedy Works South. In advance of his visit to the Mile High City, Westword caught up with Oliver to talk about the intrinsic problem of Denver being so high, why a Joe Biden presidency is scarier than you think and everything in between.
Westword: I just have to ask: Do you have the best job in the world?
John Oliver: You know, I couldn't really make a coherent case against it. It is amazing that I've gotten paid to act pretty childish for most of my life, which has always been a dream of mine. Ever since I was a child I remember thinking, "If I could behave this badly and somehow monetize it, everything will be fine." So yeah, I guess. It's gotta be up there.
What's something people don't know about Jon Stewart that might come as a surprise to find out?
He's been doing this for over a decade now, so they probably know a lot about him as a TV person -- but there's a lot they don't know about him, too. But nothing bad. There's no skeletons in his closest that would make you completely change your mind about him. He's as great as people imagine him to be.
Wyatt Cenac recently departed The Daily Show. What was his best attribute as a comedian, specifically in regards to what he brought to the show?
Well, his best attribute as a comedian is that he's extremely funny. You definitely want that to be in your top five attributes when you're a comedian. Your best attribute can't be that you're a really nice human being. He's an amazingly funny guy. He works really hard. So yeah, it was very sad seeing him go. We've only been back for a few weeks now without him and I already miss him badly. But we're gonna watch the Super Bowl together Sunday.
What's your Super Bowl prediction?
I think the 49ers are gonna win, but I would like the Ravens to win.
Because I really want to see what Ray Lewis would do if he won. Tears are only going to be the beginning of what will end up being a complete emotional breakdown.
And there would have to be some kind of dance that would accompany that, right?
Oh, I'm sure there will be a dance. That goes without saying. I think it might be an interpretive dance, though. Something really esoteric. [Laughs.]
Yeah, the mayor of Denver recently lost a bet with the mayor of Baltimore over the Broncos-Ravens game and as punishment had to do the Ray Lewis pregame dance, but I guess he ended up seriously injuring himself before he could do it. Did you hear about this?
Yeah, that's probably a good thing. He's not a pro athlete. He hasn't been playing in the NFL for over ten years. He can't just do that dance. Nobody can.
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