Oliver returned to screens Sunday with a fourth season of “Last Week Tonight.”
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In the age of Donald Trump, the most popular satirist on U.S. television is a British comic with a mild regional accent and an acerbic wit. John Oliver, 39, returned to screens Sunday with a fourth season of HBO's award-winning "Last Week Tonight," at a time when the Trump presidency stands accused of testing the limits of freedom of expression and a free press. Oliver his big break on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," plucked from obscurity in England to work on the show from 2006 to 2014, when he appeared in a somber suit with rumpled British-rocker hair for reporter-style segments. Now that Trump is in power, Oliver expects it to be difficult in a different way.Though relatively few Britons break through into American television, Oliver is particularly unusual in having been relatively unsuccessful in England.
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