Apr 29, 2022
Edgar Oliver is a performer, playwright, and poet who has been active in New York’s downtown theatre scene since the early 1980s. He began his career performing poems and monologues at venues such as The Pyramid Club and ABC No Rio. As a playwright, many of his works have been staged at La MaMa and other downtown NYC theaters.
Edgar Oliver was born in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in art history. His film roles include That’s Beautiful Frank, Henry May Long, and Gentlemen Broncos, and his television work includes appearances on Oddities and hosting Odd Folks Home for the Science Channel. He has published one novel, The Man Who Loved Plants, and produced four collections of poetry that have been published by Oilcan Press. He is one of the most beloved storytellers at The Moth. He regularly collaborates with Brooklyn-based musical collective The Octave Doktors. His sister is Helen Oliver Adelson, a visual artist.