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John Oliver on Why We Should Pay Close Attention to the Upcoming French Election (Video)

France is on the verge of committing a nativist mistake comparable to those the United States and Britain made in 2016, the “Last Week Tonight” host says.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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John Oliver Explains Just How Complicated and Ridiculous Marijuana Laws Are (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the often contradictory regulations that make legally buying and selling weed a huge headache.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Uses the President’s Own Words to Show That the Trump Budget Is a Bad Deal (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host critiques the proposed budget by reading from “The Art of the Deal.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Last Week Tonight’ Host John Oliver Talks to the Dalai Lama About Reincarnation (Video)

The exiled Tibetan leader’s next earthly life is a contentious political issue for China.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Looks Into the Worst and Best of Obamacare (Video)

Using a thong metaphor, the “Last Week Tonight” host explains why Republicans’ plans to replace the flawed Affordable Care Act are disastrous.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver on How to Handle Trump Administration Lies (Video)

In a segment titled “Trump vs. Truth,” the “Last Week Tonight” host questions the president’s approach to facts and offers ideas on how to combat misinformation.

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Argues That Multilevel Marketing Companies Are Pretty Much Pyramid Schemes (Video)

Know someone who’s involved in Herbalife, Mary Kay or any number of similar organizations? Send them this “Last Week Tonight” video.

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Last Week Tonight’ Explains Why We Vote on Tuesdays—and the Answer May Irritate You (Video)

As we try to squeeze voting into our busy schedules Tuesday, the question gnawing at many of our minds may be: “Why today of all days?” Turns out the HBO show’s producers have had the same question.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



John Oliver Treats Jill Stein and Gary Johnson Like What They Are: Presidential Candidates (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host dismissed the idea that the third-party candidates are “spoilers” and expressed his understanding of the American public’s desire for alternatives to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver Rips Into One of President Obama’s Most ‘Inarguable Failures’: Gitmo (Video)

“No amount of sugar coating can cover up the reality of what we have done at Guantanamo Bay,” said the “Last Week Tonight” host in a segment advocating the permanent closure of the controversial detention center.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Tackles Police Killings and the System That Lets Some Cops Get Away With Murder (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host points out flaws in the handling of police brutality in the United States.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Delves Into the Numerous Scandals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (Video)

On Sunday’s show, the “Last Week Tonight” host called the political scandals plaguing both major candidates “the electoral equivalent of seeing someone puking so you start puking and then someone else [is] puking and pretty soon everyone is puking 2016”—a phenomenon also known as the 2016 elections.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver on How Charter Schools Around the Country Have Been Allowed to Run Wild (Video)

“The problem with letting the free market decide when it comes to kids,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said in his commentary on publicly funded, privately run schools, “is that kids change faster than the market. And by the time it’s obvious a school is failing, futures may have been ruined.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver: We Should Be Worried About the Subprime Car Loan Bubble That’s About to Burst (Video)

In a scary and important episode, the “Last Week Tonight” host sounds a warning about a boom in subprime automobile loans that promises to make “your eye twitch with flashbacks to the mortgage crisis.”

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Warns That Problems Plaguing Journalism Will Lead to Widespread Corruption (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host talks about how political corruption thrives in an environment in which journalists are being fired or forced to focus on social media and click-bait rather than on reporting. He also admits that shows like his wouldn’t exist without newspapers.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver’s Summary of the Democrats’ Convention Is Gloriously Critical and Comical (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host takes stock of the past two “topsy-turvy” weeks of political conventions.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver on How the GOP Convention Showed the Shift From Facts to Feelings in Politics (Video)

Politicians like Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich have realized something crucial about modern-day American politics, according to the “Last Week Tonight” host.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Furiously Reminds Leaders That Lives Hang in the Balance as Brexit Is Negotiated (Video)

Using an example of a Portuguese woman distraught about what to tell her two daughters, one of whom was born in the U.K., the “Last Week Tonight” host says, “Just tell them that they might be screwed because a pig-f****r called for a vote, a bus had some bullshit written on it, and then two idiots called Nigel and Boris quoted President Bill Pullman. ... They’ll totally understand.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Says ‘You Can See Why Athletes Might Want to Dope’ Ahead of the Olympics (Video)

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics are just around the corner, and while they may conjure inspirational stories of athletes, the truth behind some of the participants’ incredible achievements can be a bit more grim than these stories let on.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver on ‘Brexit’: Brits Would Be ‘Bat-Shit Crazy’ to Leave the European Union (Video)

On the upcoming British referendum on whether the U.K. should exit the E.U., the “Last Week Tonight” host expresses his ideas in a “violently British” way—some of which involves a hateful song.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver, Outraged Over His 401(k), Tells Us All We Need to Know About Retirement Plans (Video)

Financial advisers chose the wrong late-night show host to try to bamboozle with complicated retirement plans full of hidden fees.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Bought Nearly $15 Million in Medical Debt to Prove a Point in an Incredible Way (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host discovered just how easy it is to get into the debt collection business and then go after payment, something that often results in the persecution of innocent people. Oliver then made television history Sunday night. (Take that, Oprah!)

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Flips His Usual Question Around and Asks, ‘How Is This Not a Thing?’ (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host gives us a few reasons to laugh with his hilarious list of things that should be “thingified.”

Posted on May 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver: Primary System Is a Broken, Counterintuitive ‘Cluster- - - - ’

The “Last Week Tonight” host lays out an idea to reform the convoluted primary and caucus system that is damaging America’s democracy.

Posted on May 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver on Why Uber Can Find You More Easily Than 911 Can (Video)

It’s more than a little frightening that emergency call centers can’t seem to locate callers accurately when trying to save lives, and the “Last Week Tonight” host isn’t buying government excuses for this appalling fact.

Posted on May 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver: Science à La Carte Is Dangerous—You Can’t Just Cherry Pick Studies (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how media reports of incomplete or out-of-context scientific studies have led to climate change denial and the belief that vaccines cause autism.

Posted on May 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver: We Have to Start Treating Puerto Rico Like an Island of American Citizens (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host outlines the Puerto Rico debt crisis and calls on actor Lin-Manuel Miranda to explain just how dire the situation in the U.S. territory is.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver on the Shocking Errors in Credit Reports and Background Checks That Ruin Lives (Video)

This clip from Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” will have you scrambling to check your credit report and find ways to buy a background check.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver: Lawmakers Are Spending Most of Their Time Begging the Rich for Money (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the complicated web of congressional fundraising to outline why the American people have lost most of their say in this democracy.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


John Oliver Tears Apart Donald Trump’s Arguments for a Border Wall Using Facts and Logic (Video)

Despite having vowed earlier in the campaign season that he wouldn’t bother discussing Donald Trump’s candidacy and ideas in depth, the “Last Week Tonight” host dedicates yet another fabulous segment to taking the Republican front-runner down a few notches.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Gives All the Reasons to Be on Apple’s Side in Encryption Fight With the FBI

The “Last Week Tonight” host delves into the complex issues Apple and the U.S. government are battling over since the FBI decided it needs a back door into the company’s products.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver on the Billions in Tax Dollars Being Spent on Unaccountable ‘Ghost Government’

What on earth are special districts and why are they being paid for with $100 billion in taxes? The “Last Week Tonight” host aims to find out.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Finally Breaks His Silence on Donald Trump and Completely Tears Him Apart

The “Last Week Tonight” host had been steering clear of the Donald Trump media frenzy. But now that the business mogul’s nomination is starting to look inevitable, Oliver has decided it’s time to take him on.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Abortion Cannot Just Be Theoretically Legal, It Has to Be Literally Accessible’

Using a combination of humor and baby sloths, the “Last Week Tonight” host explains to viewers why discussing abortion laws is so crucial at a time in which state laws have quite simply “gone too f*****g far.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘You Will Never Believe’ Who the Actual Fraudulent Voters Are

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” is finally back from a several-month hiatus, with a scathing message to legislators trying to curtail Americans’ right to vote.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver on How to Revise Your New Year’s Resolutions Once You Fail to Keep Them

“Deep down we all know that the key to a successful resolution is not hard work and dedication,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “It’s managing disappointment.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver on the Art of Regifting

Now that Christmas is over, here’s some funny advice from the “Last Week Tonight” host about what to do with the gifts you don’t need or want.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Advocates for Ridding Our Pockets and Our Country of Pennies

In this year’s last episode of “Last Week Tonight,” the HBO host takes on a cause he feels is incredibly achievable—a small change, if you will.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We Seriously Don’t Need to Make U.S. Refugee Vetting Any Harder

All this anti-refugee talk in America has inspired HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host to give another impassioned speech about refugees, just in time for Thanksgiving, the commemoration of the only time in American history when “the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true.”

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEOS: Late-Night Show Hosts Respond to Paris Attacks: ‘An Attack on Humanity Itself’

Comedians Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver all took time during their late-night shows over the past few days to briefly talk about the Paris attacks that have left the world shaken.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: John Oliver Exposes the Shady Dealings of Daily Fantasy Sports Websites

Daily fantasy sports companies keep trying to pretend that their sites don’t peddle gambling, but the “Last Week Tonight” host disagrees—hilariously.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Walks Us Through the Painful Obstacles Ex-Prisoners Face When Re-Entering Society

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how 50 percent of ex-prisoners end up back in jail thanks to challenges legislators have placed—inhumanely, some would argue—in their way.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver on How Upcoming State Elections Could Spell Disaster for Thousands Uninsured

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains why Tuesday’s state elections could put the lives of half a million people at risk (and, in one case, affect the fate of the pangolin).

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Tries to Make Americans Care About Canadian Politics

The “Last Week Tonight” host realizes that many Americans are uninterested in the election taking place in Canada on Monday, so he gave us a plethora of important (and some of them funny) reasons to pay attention to what our northern neighbor is up to.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Urges Us to Wake Up to How Big Oil Is Killing People and Destroying North Dakota

In another informative and funny segment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver explores what has happened to North Dakota since the start of its oil boom.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Dares Politicians to Actually Do Something About Mental Health

“If we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control,” comedian John Oliver said angrily on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” “then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan.”

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why Taking In Syrian Refugees Will Actually Make Europe a Better Place

Citing important economic and social examples of how countries in Europe would benefit from opening their doors to refugees who’ve risked their lives to escape Syria, the “Last Week Tonight” host makes a compelling case about how to address the current crisis. Oliver also makes a young refugee’s dream come true, with the help of a couple of soap stars.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We’re All ‘F**ked’ Thanks to Our Broken Public Defender System

The “Last Week Tonight” host reveals some harrowing truths about the state of our public defender system and rewrites the Miranda rights to reflect these facts.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver Welcomes Students Back to School by Telling Them All the Things They Won’t Learn

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” is on hiatus, but that hasn’t stopped John Oliver from releasing two funny Web exclusives that focus on history and education.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Remember John Oliver’s Investigation of Televangelists? The IRS May Have Gotten the Message

Who knew political comedy could make such an impact?

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE


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