On this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver was quite pleased to report that at least one Halloween costume vendor is responsible for “Sexy John Oliver” (see above). But though Oliver may be all the rage after the successful launch of his weekly program at HBO, anyone just beginning to ape his wardrobe is already quite late to the party.
You see, I noticed back in February of last year — when he appeared in a segment titled Halal in the Family — that John Oliver and I own nearly-identical (to my flawed vision) glasses. In fact, I’ve had a folder pointlessly (until now) saved on my computer ever since titled ‘John Oliver has my glasses’, containing only a screenshot* I grabbed from that episode of the Daily Show as evidence:
Admittedly, Oliver has since changed up his frames (again, see top). And upon further inspection, I now see that only the eye wires and bridge (i.e. the front) are roughly identical to the pair I have in mind:
But even if you don’t see any actual resemblance (squint harder), what’s important is that my intent was there: back when Oliver was just a senior Daily Show correspondent, the name of my folder was already a strong indication I was well on my way to pulling off “sexy John Oliver”.
I just wasn’t thinking about Halloween at the time — it was February. That’s right in the middle of Christmas season!