Big bird and john oliver at sesame workshop gala june 2 2016

Oliver with Big Bird at the 2016 Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala.

John Oliver is a British comedian who became well known in the U.S. as a correspondent on The Daily Show and acting role as Professor Ian Duncan on Community. He currently hosts his own television series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO.

In 2012, he appeared at The Secret Policeman's Ball and shared banter with Statler and Waldorf. Addressing Oliver as Harry Potter, Waldorf wants to know what everyone in the audience is doing with their cell phones. Oliver explains what tweeting is, prompting the curmudgeons to find their calling.

In 2014, Oliver appeared as co-anchor with Cookie Monster in "W-ORD Channel 7 News With John Oliver & Cookie Monster," a video distributed by Mashable in support of Sesame Workshop's "Words Are Here, There, and Everywhere" initiative.

On June 2, 2016, he hosted the Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala.

Oliver's other credits include playing Professor Ian Duncan on Community, a small part in The Love Guru (with Mike Myers), and providing the voice for Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs.

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