John Oliver shows how sketchy rehabs can be about as useful as "pissing money up a fucking wall"

After a brief up-front recap of the week in Trump administration lunacy—congrats, John Bolton, for being so hair-trigger irresponsible that Donald-fucking-Trump had to walk back your latest foreign policy blunder—John Oliver spent most of this week’s Last Week Tonight exposing yet another shady, scam-happy group. In…

John Oliver enlists Wilmer Valderrama to profile a country more fucked up than ours

Considering what Last Week Tonight host John Oliver termed the “hurricane of shit” we in America have to deal with on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget that there are world governments even more corrupt, insane, and dysfunctional than the Trump administration. Take Venezuela, the subject of Oliver’s main story on…

No, John Oliver did not buy that Russell Crowe leather jockstrap—except he totally did

After his Tax Day main story exposé about the ridiculously evil lengths major corporations (Apple, Google, G.E.) continue to go to to avoid paying a fucking penny in taxes while—just for an example—hardworking freelancers sweat out how to make rent, John Oliver thought we could all use a little pick-me-up. (You’ve got…

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is pointedly funny, and a necessary addition to late-night

By now, we’re far along enough into Trump’s first term that some equilibrium has returned to late-night programming. We’re no longer guaranteed to see multiple (still mostly male) hand-wringing takes on the latest attempt at a constitutional violation—often made during the president’s morning constitutional—as we…

John Oliver invites Rachel Dratch to help expose bullshit anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers"

You know John Oliver has hooked into a good story when his Last Week Tonight audience starts intermittently crying out like they’re about to rush the stage. And since Oliver spent the bulk of Sunday’s episode exposing the mendacious tactics of anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers”—that employ every deceitful trick…

John Oliver and Jon Benjamin reveal the childish injustice of immigration courts on Last Week Tonight

Few issues are more heated these days than immigration. Especially since the United States government is in the hands of really, really racist people. Anyway, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver took on the issue with host Oliver’s signature blend of investigative reporting, comic hyperbole, and nonsense-puncturing…

Will & Grace showrunner buys John Oliver's LGBTQ-friendly bunny book for every school in Mike Pence's home state

The saga of Marlon Bundo—John Oliver’s LGBTQ-positive parody of a children’s book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence—continues this week, with Will & Grace showrunner Max Mutchnick pledging to push the tome’s roaring sales numbers even higher. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mutchnick has…

Even the negative reviews of John Oliver's Marlon Bundo book are positive

Yesterday, we reported on the success of John Oliver and the Last Week Tonight writing staff’s latest viral stunt, which involved them producing a fully realized children’s book about Mike Pence’s family rabbit, Marlon Bundo, falling in love with another male rabbit and getting married. Given the rabidness of Oliver’s…

John Oliver's bunny book is handily outselling the Pence bunny book

We’ve all pretty much grown to expect Last Week Tonight ending with some sort of viral “I can’t believe they did that” stunt each week, but this week’s release of a full children’s book starring Vice President Mike Pence’s pet rabbit Marlon Bundo felt like a raising of the stakes. The book was secretly constructed by…

John Oliver hijacks homophobe Mike Pence's bunny book with a better one in A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo

With the chaos at the Trump White House mounting every single day to what seems like an inevitable flashpoint involving a constitutional crisis, impeachment, indictment, diversionary declaration of war, or simply a White House staffed with no one but Trump relatives and their wedding planners, it’s tempting to look…

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John Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key rain on your Bitcoin-raining dreams on Last Week Tonight

At the beginning of his extended main story about the financial “Wild West” that is the burgeoning, huckster-crawling landscape of cryptocurrency on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver showed a clip of a guy in a blinking Bitcoin suit explaining what this new economic paradigm actually is. And, while Oliver…

Gun porn, pink pistols, and slut-shaming marijuana: John Oliver watches NRATV

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, after a brief recap of Trump world (tough week for Jared Kushner, “America’s busiest business boy”), John Oliver took on the NRA. Or, more specifically, he and his staff spent a long, long time watching the gun lobbying organization’s “Fox News on a much lower budget,” NRATV. Of course,…

After considering Italy's volcanically unstable political situation, John Oliver plots to Air Bud himself into office

One of the chief attractions of Last Week Tonight—apart from the weekly spectacle of John Oliver’s intermittent, British-accented, expertly calibrated, outraged freakouts—is its long-form treatments of issues beyond Donald Trump’s daily dump of laughably hateful bullshit. Oliver and his staff have made hilariously…

John Oliver proposes a new national anthem to fix America's Trump-damaged rep as Last Week Tonight returns

Our long national nightmare is over! No, not that one. But at least John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight takedowns of that other racist, sexist, dangerously unstable, far-less-funny national horror returned on Sunday. So how does a political comic who’s got three months of Donald Trump-related nightmare fuel to catch up on…