Stand up comedy is a form of art where the performance is done before a live audience by a single comedian. The comedian speaks directly to the audience as he or she tries to entertain them. Each comedian has to use a routine in order to entertain the audience. A comedy routine is a set of movements and jokes that usually form part of the general performance. John Oliver is one of America’s finest stand-up comedians. Just like many other stand up comedians, Oliver has a routine that talks about language, politics, Indians, world ethnic people, and religion. His routine is also combined with bodily movements and gestures that enable him to clearly bring a funny joke.
Once he says a joke John Oliver is seen to allow a pause of approximately half minute for the audience to laugh out the joke. He seems to tackle several topics in a single joke. He creates something funny out of all the topics that he has touched on. The jokes all seem to be linked together in one way or another. He creates a really impressive transition from one joke to another. The first few minutes of his presentation can be seen as the basis of the entire presentation.
In these few beginning minutes John Oliver finds a perfect stage voice and creates a relationship with the audience. This particular time also helps him to find a comfortable zone that allows him to express his real nature on stage. The audience is not supposed to have a correct impression of the comedian before the presentation. It is during the first few minutes that they either become excited and expectant about the comedian or they lose interest.
The delivery of the jokes is what holds and not necessarily the joke itself. The same joke can be delivered by two different people but the person who delivers it properly would make the audience laugh out more compared to the other. This is exactly the way John Oliver does. The audience seems to have prolonged laughing at his jokes. This speaks a lot about the confidence that the stand-up comedian displays on stage. It is all about confidence for the comedians to deliver laughable jokes. Also appearance matters in building confidence.
Some of the jokes presented in the set by John Oliver have a satirical nature of addressing issues going on around the globe. His punch lines present not only the jokes but also global concerns in a funny way. This has a common routine among stand up comedians as they talk about issue that affect them and their communities especially the comedians from the black American community. When comedians touch on politics they are either making fun of particular politicians or they are addressing social issues in a comical way.
Routines used in stand up comedies usually depend with the audience. Before the comedian decides on a particular routine, he or she has to be sure that the audience will be receptive to the routine. John Oliver uses this routine that goes well with the audience because they seem to love his jokes. If the audience constituted of mainly politicians, then making fun of them may seem inappropriate. Also John does not mention dates in his jokes. This may not go well especially if a joke dated back in history and the audience is full of young people. In this way he gets to connect with them.