If Oliver was able to quickly command the minutiae of American politics and of the American media, he surely had some other hurdles to overcome, like the accent. Born in Birmingham, he is pretty Brummie-sounding. Was that, well, a handicap? Don't Americans like their British accent posh? "They think it is, that's the problem," he replies laughing. "They can't hear. It's all posh to them! They wouldn't be able to tell where I was from. They just think I sound like the Queen".
- Independent, 7 April 2010