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Jeremy Hardwick - Kevin's son - gets that his job with John Oliver is funny

As I've often written, the Emmy-winning HBO series "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," is one of my favorite shows.

Oliver is often hilarious taking on the political and social issues of our time, which often includes slamming President Trump, poking fun at climate change deniers, showing embarrassing local news clips and taking on questionable corporate ethical behavior.

And I found one more hilarious thing about it recently.

Jeremy Hardwick, the 32-year-old son of Republican Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, works behind-the-scenes as the script supervisor of the liberal show. Jeremy immediately got the joke of why I thought his working there is hilarious..

"Because my father is so conservative," he said.

Exactly.

Kevin Hardwick, who also is a political science professor at Canisius College, obviously is proud of his son. He tweeted Jeremy's involvement with "LWT" when it won an Emmy. That led me to ask him in a Twitter message if his son's politics differ from his.

"As far as politics, we are both Bills fans," Kevin cracked diplomatically.

His son said that sharing Oliver's politics isn't a job requirement.

"Everyone who works there is very good at their job," he explained. "It is not a thing to ask: What are your politics? If I didn't share his politics, I don't know if I'd work on the show. But I certainly worked on shows before with people I didn't agree with. People I didn't necessarily think were good people. But I certainly lean toward the left I will say."

That must have led to interesting political debates over the dinner table growing up with three siblings.,

"We certainly talked politics like any family," said Jeremy, a 2003 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. "Sometimes we came to an impasse and we agreed to disagree. I like to think he has a much greater knowledge of politics than I do and because of him and his background it makes me want to stay as far away as politics as possible. Just because I've seen the background of it, I've seen him get stabbed in the back a couple of times and it is not appealing to me.

"While it is an interest as it should be for anyone, I'm not real comfortable talking about politics. And trying to talk politics with someone who -- that's what they do for their life -- you're not going to win. At some point you make comments, and you know he is going to disagree and he says his piece and you stop talking about it. This is what his life is. I wouldn't expect him to come in and give me advice about TV."

Jeremy Hardwick doesn't appear to need any TV advice.

Besides working on Oliver's show three days a week, he is associate director of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" on TBS for one day a week and one day a week works on a new BET program, "The Rundown with Robin Thede," that premieres Oct. 12.

"It has all worked out very well. I am very lucky," he said.

A 2007 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Jeremy initially wanted to be a TV writer but the writer's strike that year didn't help.

His TV career began with the help of a college friend, Alex Vieira, the nephew of Meredith Vieira. Jeremy worked behind-the-scenes on "Million Dollar Password," "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (he helped administer tests), "The Next Food Network Star," "Head Games," "The Nate Berkus Show," "The Revolution," and "The Chew" before joining Oliver's show in 2014 and Bee's show in 2016.

He said as the associate director of "Full Frontal," he helps coordinate between the control room and all the different departments in the studio and the production staff across the street.

As script supervisor of "Last Week Tonight,"' his role is to create a timeline  of all the elements of the show – including video and graphics over Oliver's shoulder – that are in the script for the people who need to use them in the control room.

"It is more of like a glorified copy editor," said Jeremy. "A lot of people do a lot of great work on the show and I'm just happy to be a part of it. I'm kind of along for the ride."

email: apergament@buffnews.com

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