Ever since his lauded substitution of Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, John Oliver has been a much sought-after talent. Up until he got to sit in the big chair, Oliver was mostly known through his comedy routine and recurring on Community during its first two seasons (he’s returning to the NBC comedy for a multi-episode arc in its fifth season). Let’s face it: that doesn’t necessarily put him in the spotlight. But who doesn’t watch The Daily Show? I’ve been watching it since I was 15 and I imagine it has caught the attention of similar youths who can’t be bothered with real news. And it’s that demographic that loves Oliver, which is why he’s lent his voice to The Simpsons.
The two go hand-in-hand: Oliver has been big news over the summer and since, while The Simpsons has created buzz over the upcoming death of a regular character, not to mention it’s recent renewal for a 26th season! TVLine said the Season 25 premiere was the No. 1 entertainment program of its evening for adults 18-49, up 12 percent from the previous year. That’s pretty impressive for a series that’s older than I am. Somehow The Simpsons keeps on trucking despite its age and continues to cater to its audience.
Oliver fits right in to what The Simpsons is looking for. He’ll be, according to TVLine, voicing Wilkes John Booth, a previously unseen neighbor that Marge has never met. You should be able to see how his name is a mix-around of John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Lincoln. It makes you wonder if this Booth will be involved in any murders. Maybe he’s key to the previously mentioned death of a character? There’s no way to know for sure. All I can say is Oliver’s episode will air during May sweeps, a big time in television and sure fire way to snag as many viewers as possible.