Now, I love a good British accent as much as the next girl - probably more. Yet I can't help but give new Daily Show reporter John Oliver a fair to poor funny rating. He gets more laughs because he's British. My American friends probably understand this phenomenon more than might my British friends. (Actually, right now, at least half my British friends are ever-so politely saying "English. Your English friends . . . .")
Oliver isn't bad - he's got respectably exercised comedic timing, and if he's writing some of his own material, it's not bad. But he gets bigger laughs solely because he delivers lines with an accent. It's a funny facade.