It’s been a busy summer for popular stand-up comedian John Oliver. After a popular and well-received run hosting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, NBC announced Wednesday that the funny man is scheduled to rejoin the peacock network’s cult-favorite, but perennially struggling comedy, Community.
John Oliver is reportedly going to reprise his role as Professor Ian Duncan in a multi-episode arc throughout the upcoming fifth season of “Community.” Oliver’s portrayal of a slacker professor was a comedic stand-out in the show’s pilot episode, and he quickly became a popular recurring character throughout the first two seasons of the show.
John Oliver first came to prominence as a writer, and segment correspondent on the long-running, satirical news program “The Daily Show.” As he gained popularity through his comedy work, Oliver has made a name for himself as a memorable character actor with appearances in films like “The Smurfs” and “The Love Guru.” Oliver has also released a number of stand-up comedy specials, establishing himself as a popular and interesting voice among contemporary stand-up comedians.
After what can best be described as a tumultuous run on NBC, the quirky comedy appears to be bringing the adventures of Jeff Winger and his study group to a close. NBC has yet to announce a premiere date for the new season, with “Community” likely joining the network schedule as a mid-season replacement. Season five sees the return of embattled show-runner Dan Harmon after being fired at the end of the third season of “Community.” The return of Harmon, as well as the upcoming departure of actor Donald Glover, has led many critics and fans alike to speculate that the comedy will come to an end at the conclusion of its fifth season. Could a movie be next?