The Daily Show‘s John Oliver is engaged! Is there anything better than a comedian who’s ready to abandon his late night habits of practicing for a Stewart skit by donning the comedy and tragedy masks in the name of marrying his girlfriend of two years? Not really! What if she’s an Iraq war veteran? Let the record show that we can’t make jokes about John Oliver’s teeth anymore.
The lucky woman’s name is Kate Norley, whose been dating Oliver for two years. Oliver revealed the engagement this Saturday at Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars, a benefit that raises money for autism, but the two have really been engaged since July, when they took a trip to St. Thomas and Oliver commanded she that she risk her life to eat a blowfish to prove she was committed to him. She did because she’s been to war, and he was surprised because he’s a comedian who warms himself up for a show by making jokes about tie knots.
The two met at the 2008 Republican National Convention (Pluto was apparently starting to question its self worth) that Oliver covered for Stewart and Norley was there to speak about the hardships of war, maybe? Or emasculation techniques? Oliver already seems to be aware of those, as he told People Magazine, “It’s the most emasculating thing I could possibly do to go out with someone who has actually done something valuable with their life.” Look! He can’t even make a joke about his love for her! “She emasculates me” is… I don’t know, it’s really hard to make jokes about a veteran, especially one that’s in love. I feel like they’ll come into my apartment and take away the new refrigerator that was just installed and turns my orange juice into a huge orange popsicle. But the comedian part of this equation is so tempting. So let’s try and focus on the other side of the equation — a comedian seduced a veteran! This is so pointless.