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Rachel Maddow: I Would ‘Totally Use’ John Oliver’s Dogs With Fake Paws to Re-Enact SCOTUS Arguments

On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the comedian released what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called Monday “an asset in our nation’s arsenal in how to cover civics.” And by “asset” she means clips of every Supreme Court justice in the Roberts court as a dog. Yes, a dog.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE


This Columbus Day May Be Over, but Why Isn’t the Ridiculous Holiday Defunct?

Seriously, why do we still celebrate Columbus Day when, as a “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” segment puts it, Christopher Columbus was a “murderous, egomaniac whose most famous discovery was a case of getting lost and refusing to ask for directions”?

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE


Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE


Police Have Taken Over $2.5 Billion in Cash From Civilians Who Weren’t Even Charged With a Crime

Sunday, John Oliver dedicated his main story on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” to explaining civil forfeiture, a “shady process” that police departments across the country have been using to seize property with little justification.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


There Are Scarily Few Answers About Drones

John Oliver’s been looking for information about the unmanned death robots, such as what exactly an “imminent threat means” or how many people are killed during any given drone strike. So far, “hard facts” have been hard to come by, and in the “Last Week Tonight” host’s words, it’s “completely fucking terrifying.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Stages Beauty Pageant to Show Why It’s Troubling That Miss America Is a Scholarship

The “Last Week Tonight” team does some investigative reporting about Miss America’s alleged annual $45 million in scholarships for women and, with the help of comedian Kathy Griffin, highlights why beauty pageants are “horrible” and should cease to exist immediately.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: England Has Been a ‘Little Bit of a Dick’ to Scotland

Sunday, four days away from the Scottish independence vote, the Englishman and “Last Week Tonight” host begged Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom in a way only the comedian could.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver’s Hysterical Explanation of Why Women Getting Paid Less Than Men Is Outrageous

In a “Last Week Tonight” clip that was posted online Monday during the show’s hiatus, John Oliver delivers two of the most memorable metaphors for the wage gap to date, followed by a faux commercial for the currency every sexist boss has dreamed of.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Pokes Fun at Online Headlines by Literally Destroying a Piñata

To prove a hilarious point about how over-the-top headlines on news websites tend to be, the “Last Week Tonight” host takes a bat to the “Trojan donkeys of diabetes.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Ferguson: Police Are Not Soldiers, So Why Are They Wearing Fucking Camo?

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how U.S. towns like Ferguson became militarized with the excuse of the drug war and 9/11 and offers some possible solutions to the conflict in Missouri.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Why You Should Resort to ‘Anything Else’ Before Taking Out a Payday Loan

Payday loan providers have been around for 20 years or so, and in that time their growth rate has been exponential for one reason alone: The services they provide are a huge, undeniable, legal scam. Watch John Oliver and comedian Sarah Silverman explain why you need to avoid them at all costs.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Puts His Finger on the Reason Income Inequality Is So Prevalent in the U.S.

“Just because politicians can’t talk about income inequality,” the “Last Week Tonight” host starts on one of his characteristic rants, “doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Why You Should Never Go on Vacation to Antarctica

Seriously, don’t do it.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Crazy Climate Change Deniers No Longer Welcome on the BBC

Remember that “Last Week Tonight” clip that explained that part of the problem with addressing climate change is that deluded deniers are given as much airtime as scientists reporting facts? Well, it seems the BBC paid attention.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: Americans Are Largely to Blame for Anti-Gay Brutality in Uganda

Even though marriage equality is sweeping the nation, the “Last Week Tonight” host reminds us we shouldn’t be patting ourselves too hard on the back quite yet.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Takes on the ‘Dangerously Misleading’ Dr. Oz and Nutritional Supplement Industry

After watching another of the “Last Week Tonight” host’s characteristic rants, you may think twice about listening to Dr. Oz’s magic prescriptions for losing weight.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: ‘Protecting Net Neutrality’ Should Be Called ‘Preventing Cable Company Fuckery’

“The cable companies have figured out the great truth of America,” explained the “Last Week Tonight” host Sunday. “If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring.” Oliver then went on to give a hysterically funny call to arms to all Internet trolls to comment on the FCC’s website in order to save Net neutrality.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Makes an ‘Honest’ Ad for General Motors Using Words Execs Banned From Using Post Recall

Relying on phrases that the “Last Week Tonight” host describes as demon sex “safe words,” John Oliver created a hilarious ad for the automobile company that’s been responsible for hundreds of deaths due to defects in its cars.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Nye and John Oliver Host the Best Climate Change Debate Yet

The host of “Last Week Tonight” hit on an important factor contributing to some people’s insistence that climate change doesn’t exist.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’ Asks, ‘How Is Dressing Up Like Another Race Still a Thing?’

No, Cinco de Mayo is not an excuse to wear a taco costume and yes, it’s offensive.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver on Why America Needs to Finish Off the Death Penalty

The “Daily Show” veteran’s new Sunday night show “Last Week Tonight” was only two episodes into its first season on HBO when the comedian was forced to tackle a doozy.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE


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