John Oliver has made his mark on "The Daily Show" as the Senior British Correspondent, often adding some much-needed outside perspective on this crazy American political system of ours.
For example, he's harnessed the power of Herman Cain, taken on the President, brilliantly skewered Rick Santorum, and just last week he convinced us that Mitt Romney may be the most interesting man in the world.
Now, in the above interview recorded at the Aol/Huffington Post HQ in New York, Oliver promises to mock our hyperbolic, year-and-a-half long election to its face when "The Daily Show" airs from the Democratic National Convention this fall.
"We will make fun of them," Oliver said. "That is a promise that I can give you, and I think I can live up to that promise. We will take America's democratic process and we will mock it at its source."
Oliver also gives us his take on the election so far, explains why so many people he interviews on "The Daily Show" don't realize they're being mocked (just blame our inherent, misplaced respect for TV) and tells us what's in store this season on "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show."
Watch the full interview above (make sure to stay tuned until the end when the conversation devolves into a series of jokes about a mural at the end of the hallway) and tune into "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" Fridays at 11:00/10:00 central on Comedy Central.
Video produced by Carol Hartsell
WATCH: A promo for "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" featuring Wyatt Cenac
He Hangs Out With The Muppets
He Debated Bill O'Reilly For Over An Hour
And we'd like to think that he won.
And Let's Not Forget: He Also Sat On Papa Bear's Lap
He Helps Promote Local Businesses
Yes, even strip clubs.
Even Cats Love HIm
To be fair, his guest that night was a bag of Meow Mix.
He Doesn't Forget His Stand-Up Roots
He Saved Us From Craig Kilborn
What if we were still watching "The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn"?
Stephen Colbert was already a correspondent on "The Daily Show" when Jon took over, but the chemistry between the two is what really allowed Colbert to shine and eventually break off and host his own show. Here's a clip from Jon's first episode of "The Daily Show" in January 1999, which also featured a segment with Colbert (at around 4:59).
He Gave Us The Rally To Restore Sanity
He Made Us Cry After 9/11
He Can Handle An Awkward Interview
Backstage at "The Daily Show," Zach Galifianakis gives Jon Stewart <a href="http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5325b03b52/between-two-ferns-with-zach-galifianakis-jon-stewart">the "Between Two Ferns" treatment</a>.
His Biannual 'Night Of Too Many Stars' Autism Education Benefit Show
He Was Kind Of A Badass In The 90s
Before he was informing twentysomethings about political and media blunders, he was making crude jokes in a leather jacket (and smoking in non-smoking areas) at colleges like in this video.
He Seems Like A Great Dad
He Has A Great Rapport With The First Lady
He's Not Bad With President Obama, Either
He Hires Amazing People
Even Republicans Like Him
Some even think he's the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/12/paul-ryan-jon-stewart-is-_n_1770895.html">funniest person in America.</a>
He Told The 'Crossfire' Hosts That Their Show Was Terrible
He Stood Up For 9/11 First Responders
He Has Serious Chats With Bono
He Interviewed George Carlin
Two great minds came together in 1997.
He Hangs Out With Brian Williams, Al Roker and Danny DeVito
This Airport Security Bit From The 2002 Grammy Awards
Now that's commitment to a bit.
He Seems Like A Really Fun Uncle
His Correspondents Go On To Do Great Things
See: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Rob Corddry, et al.
He Doesn't Get Caught Up In 'Late Night Wars'
He's An Emmy-Magnet
He's won ten in a row!
He Raised Money For Hurricane Relief
He Wore An American Flag Jacket... For America
He Hangs Out With Pirates
Fictional Jon Stewart Took Over For Larry Sanders
His Amazing Glenn Beck Impression
All he needs are a chalkboard and a pair of glasses.
Let's Just Stop And Appreciate How Cool This Photo Is
He's Loyal To His Friends, But Expects Them To Behave
See: Weiner, Anthony.
Even Grandma and Grandpa Like Him
This Interview With Baby Jon Stewart And Baby Conan O'Brien
His Takedown Of Jim Cramer
His Reputation Is Impeccable
Many consider him to be the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/10/27/us-jonstewart-idUSTRE69Q07R20101027">most trusted man in America</a>
He Hosted 'SNL'
He Even Beats Jay Leno's Ratings Sometimes
At least in the demographics that matter.
His Stereotypical Jersey Character
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/18/jon-stewart-no-disrespect-supercut-video_n_1018184.html">No disrespect.</a>
He Has A Heart
He was brought to tears by Jodi DiPiazza and Katy Perry at this year's Night of Too Many Stars.
He Played Soccer In College
At the College of William & Mary (And no, that's not him in the picture).
He Was In 'Half Baked'
His Epic Fight With Conan O'Brien And Stephen Colbert
America: The Book Is Amazing
His Love For Don Rickles At The Comedy Awards
He Was In The Underrated 'Death To Smoochy'
Let's Face It, He's A Dreamboat