Comedian John Oliver Celebrated the New Year Eating in South Baltimore, Fells Point

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John Oliver at Alexander’s Tavern. Photo via Alexander’s Tavern/Facebook.

World-famous comedian John Oliver rang in the New Year on Monday by dining around Baltimore in between stand-up sets at the Hippodrome.

Not long after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, Oliver stopped by Hersh’s, located on Light Street in South Baltimore. The Neapolitan pizza restaurant posted a photo Monday morning of staff gathered with Oliver in front of the bar.

“Wishing all our friends and family a wonderful and healthy 2018,” the caption read. “May your year be marked by brilliance and hilarity, just like our new year’s guest, John Oliver. Thanks so much for bringing your party by Hersh’s[.]”

John Oliver with staff at Hersh’s on Light Street. Photo via Hersh’s/Facebook.

Oliver had just wrapped up one of a handful of performances at The Hippodrome, part of a two-stop tour that also included shows at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. Hersh’s owner and chef Josh Hershkovitz told The Sun’s Brittany Britto he got to host the comedian and his entourage thanks to a longtime friend who works with comedy tours.

Before doing two more sets at The Hippodrome on Monday, Oliver landed in Fells Point. Alexander’s Tavern, located on S. Broadway, thanked Oliver on Facebook for stopping by, sharing a picture of a newly autographed menu to hang on the wall.

Eric Widder, a bartender at Alexander’s, told Baltimore Fishbowl on a phone call that Oliver stopped by around 11 a.m. with five friends and ordered a “standard Broadway scramble” of bacon, eggs, hash browns and toast.

“I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to go back around the bar and take a picture,” Widder said, adding that he’s since photoshopped his face into a copy of the photo.

Oliver’s comedy news show, “Last Week Tonight,” returns to HBO for a fifth season on Feb. 25.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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