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John Oliver: ‘Thank F*ck There Weren’t Camera Phones’ When I Started in Comedy

The recent controversy over new Daily Show host Trevor Noah and his politically incorrect tweets have stirred lots of discussion among comedians about the new age of sensitivity we live in and how all comedians now could be subjected to the same kind of politically correct mob culture.

HBO’s John Oliver has some opinions of his own on the matter, as he relayed to TIME yesterday. He said that every comedian should be able to have jokes they regret because regret and embarrassment are “part of getting better.”

Oliver recalled a quote about how people don’t have the right to not be offended, and admitted he’s glad he got his start in comedy at a time when technology wasn’t everywhere:

“Listen, I’m a standup. If you go through the first years of my career, thank f-ck there weren’t camera phones,” he said, referring to his early work as “relentless, embarrassing, incompetent failure.”

Oliver also weighed in on the impending departure of Jon Stewart, who he praised as “the best that’s ever done this.”

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