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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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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

VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Exposes Dark Underbelly of Televangelism

The “Last Week Tonight” host investigates corrupt televangelists raking in millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations every year.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Makes the Star-Studded Sex Ed Video You’ll All Wish You’d Seen as Teens

Sexual education is extremely important, and yet a lack of standardization means that schoolchildren all over the country receive very different information, some of which is false and a lot of which includes shaming kids (mainly girls) who have had or want to have sex.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver and a Group of Children Explain in Song How Congress Constantly Screws D.C.

The fact that Washington, D.C., lacks full representational voting rights in Congress is not only absurd, it’s extremely dangerous and detrimental to the well-being of our capital city’s inhabitants, as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host pointed out in a fabulous segment Sunday night.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Are a Relic of Reagan-Era Drug Paranoia

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the compelling case for not only getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses, but for passing legislation that would allow existing prisoners to apply to have their sentences reduced retroactively.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: We Waste a Third of Our Food While American Families Go Hungry

The “Last Week Tonight” host lists the moral, environmental and, yes, even financial reasons why, as a country, the U.S. needs to stop wasting so much food.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Reveals How Billionaire Sports Owners Use Your Tax Money to Build Absurd Stadiums

Many Americans have no idea that the ostentatious swimming pools and aquariums featured in some sports stadiums (not to mention the stadiums themselves) were constructed using public funds.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Tries to Explain 15 Subjects in One Minute, but Falls Short on the TPP

In lieu of his customary 15-minute segment on one subject, the “Last Week Tonight” host put out a Web exclusive containing short “dives” into several topics. But when he got to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a few seconds just wasn’t enough.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: Get on the Right Side of History and Support Transgender Rights

“We know how this thing ends,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “If you take the anti-civil rights side, and deny people access to something they’re entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Edward Snowden Teaches John Oliver How to Create Strong Passwords, Because His Are ‘a Joke’

Most of us have seen the memorable “Last Week Tonight” interview with Edward Snowden that aired in spring, but here’s a clip you may have missed about the importance of making better passwords than the “embarrassingly bad” ones most of us have.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Bail Has Become a Way to Lock Up the Poor Regardless of Guilt’

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains how the discrimination ingrained in America’s bail system leads the poor to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t even commit.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Comes Down Hard on FIFA Again—and It’s Glorious

Although HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host delivered a scathing critique of the soccer organization last year, he decided to give it another shot Sunday after last week’s arrest of several FIFA officials. 

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

FIFA Officials Indicted on 47 Counts of Corruption Dating Back to 1991

The case the U.S. Department of Justice is bringing against nine FIFA officials and five sports business executives “spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers

“How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?” asks HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver’s Message on Mother’s Day: If We Really Love Our Moms, They Should Get Paid Leave

This Mother’s Day HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host reminded us that the only other country that doesn’t provide women with paid maternity leave is Papua New Guinea.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver: How Standardized Tests Enrich Companies, Sicken Students and Get Teachers Fired

The “Last Week Tonight” host dedicated the longest section of his HBO show Sunday to discussing the one thing teachers, students and parents all despise: standardized testing.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver on the Patent Trolls Threatening to ‘Sue the Living Shit Out of People’

Patents, or “legally binding dibs,” as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host calls them, play an important part in most businesses. But so-called patent trolls are using them to make money in dubious ways.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver Attempts the Near Impossible: to Make Americans Sympathize With the IRS

Tax season is upon us, and with it the usual grumblings about the Internal Revenue Service. But HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host, joined by singer Michael Bolton, may make you think twice this year before you curse the IRS.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver Flew to Russia to Interview Edward Snowden for One of the Best Clips You’ll See All Year

John Oliver recently discovered, much to his dismay, that many Americans still don’t know who Edward Snowden is or what he did. So the “Last Week Tonight” host did what any good political comedian would: He took a trip to Moscow to talk to the whistleblower.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver Gives Several Good Reasons to Do Away With April Fools’ Day Pranks

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host released a Web exclusive Monday about the upcoming pseudo-holiday many of us are dreading.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE

Comedian John Oliver on How the NCAA Takes Advantage of Student Athletes to Make Billions

Just in time for March Madness, the “Last Week Tonight” host reveals just how much bullshit the National Collegiate Athletic Association makes student athletes go through. The organization exercises enormous control over their lives—and rakes in billions from corporate sponsors—without paying the athletes a penny.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

Comedian John Oliver on the Americans Who Still Don’t Even Have the Right to Vote

Inhabitants of U.S. territories, like Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, still don’t have voting rights, and surprisingly these aren’t the only rights some of them are denied.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE

‘Last Week Tonight’ Explains Why Daylight Saving Is Just Plain Stupid

On Sunday, the HBO show dedicated its “How is this still a thing?” segment to daylight saving. Let’s just say it’ll have you questioning (and laughing about) the outdated practice as you mourn your lack of sleep.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver Recruits Stars to Make Infrastructure ‘Sexy’ in Hopes You’ll Give a Damn

The “Last Week Tonight” host knows maintaining “roads, bridges, dams, levees ... basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie” isn’t exactly the most exciting topic, but it sure is important.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

What John Oliver Thinks About the U.K. Labour Party’s Patronizing Pink Bus

Why a political party in the United Kingdom thought it wise to paint a bus pink to attract female voters is hard to understand. But at least it gave the “Last Week Tonight” host material for a humorous segment about “the Barbie bus.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE

Comedian John Oliver Explains Why Electing Judges Is a Terrible Idea

The United States is one of only two countries that elect the vast majority of their judges, and the “Last Week Tonight” host thinks this fact is as absurd as the “formal muumuus” the judges wear.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver Takes Down Big Tobacco and Its Insane Ads

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains that although government regulations have helped reduce smoking in the U.S., American tobacco companies are actually stronger than ever—and brazen enough to run advertising he calls “a pile of horseshit.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver Warns of Doctors in Bed With Big Pharma, Offers Tools to Spot Them

The “Last Week Tonight” host is back from hiatus with a scathing rebuke of doctors whose influence is bought by the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Best John Oliver Rants of 2014

John Oliver and his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” will be back Feb. 8 after a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, check out our favorite clips of the British comedian’s program from the past year.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver on Why New Year’s Eve Is ‘The Worst’

Of all the holidays in all the world, New Year’s Eve always seems to be more hassle than it’s worth. Thankfully, the “Last Week Tonight” host can help you get out of any celebration you want to avoid.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver on the Most Ridiculous Thanksgiving Tradition

Why does the president pardon one turkey every year anyway?

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE

How State-Sponsored Lotteries Steal From the Poor to Give to the Rich

Last year, in the words of “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, “Americans basically spent more on the lottery than they spent on America.” And although lottery commercials would have you believe that proceeds go to charitable causes, the truth is a bit more complicated.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver on the ‘Elections That Actually Matter on Tuesday’

While most of the media are focusing on the midterm elections for the U.S. Senate, the “Last Week Tonight” host argues that we should be focusing on state legislatures at the polls.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver: We Have No Idea How Prevalent Sugar Is

In the spirit of Halloween, the holiday that might well be sponsored by The Sugar Association, the “Last Week Tonight” host takes on the sweet crystals invading all of our food.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE

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

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