Once upon a time, John Oliver was looking to boost his profile and decided to spend quality time with TV critics, agreeing to host the Television Critics Association’s non-televised awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. In return, over the summer when he filled in for Jon Stewart as host Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, TV critics lavished him with praise, crowning him Stewart’s heir apparent — some of them even proclaimed him better than Stewart. Today, Oliver was named host of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 41st International Emmy Awards Gala, on November 25, at the Hilton in New York City. Oliver will preside over 1000 international media and entertainment executives as they convene to celebrate and dispense Emmys including the 2013 International Emmy Founders Award to and film/television creator/writer/director J.J. Abrams, and the 2013 International Emmy Directorate Award to Anke Schäferkordt, Co-CEO of RTL Group and CEO of RTL Germany.
“We are delighted John is following up his very successful hosting of the Daily Show with the International Emmys,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Oliver will preside over the handing out of trophies in the following categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; and TV Movie/Mini-Series.
Oliver himself has been nominated as a writer for both Emmys and WGA Awards. He also won the Breakout Award at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. His most recent credits also include hosting four seasons of his own stand-up series for Comedy Central, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. Along with Andy Zaltzman, he also writes and hosts the weekly podcast The Bugle.