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John Oliver: Coming to America

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The British comedian’s got a new hosting gig — John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Jan. 8 at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central) — and a new green card, which he got ”without having to marry Gérard Depardieu.” But what has the Daily Show correspondent learned about his new home?

1. Americans heckle less than British audiences
”I think it’s most likely the fact that they’re just less drunk. Audiences in England also believe that stand-up is a dialogue. They haven’t just come to listen to what you have to say, they have a few things they want to get off their chest too.”

2. Americans love Independence Day too much
”It’s strange being British on July 4. You think, ‘Was this the best thing that could have happened to you?’ They insist, ‘Yes.’ I’m not so sure.”

3. Political conventions are great places to pick up women
”I actually met my girlfriend at the Republican National Convention. Yeah, the RNC is the most romantic place in the world. As well as the most suicide-inducing.”

4. America is the best place for really bad movies
”Obviously The Love Guru [in which Oliver played ‘Dick Pants’] was not a masterpiece. But my friends were thrilled that it won worst film of last year. It made their day.”

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