From paid protestors to Dr. Evil, John Oliver spotlights corporate-funded "astroturfing"

The Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight has made its comedy bones by exposing bottom-feeding charlatans, bigots, and the unjust. And that’s even before Donald Trump became president—and host John Oliver’s bottomless, soulless well of apoplectically delivered exposé comedy. So, in Sunday’s examination of the practice of…

John Oliver explains how prosecutors remove justice from the system on Last Week Tonight

Last Week Tonight continued host John Oliver’s Emmy-winning formula last night. You know the one, where Oliver attempts to make the week’s unendingly grim and terrible events go down easier with intermittent asides of humorously exaggerated reactions that only make you feel worse when he gets back to the awful stuff.…

John Oliver takes on sexual harassment with the help of all-time expert Anita Hill

John Oliver returned from a mini-hiatus with an extra-long Last Week Tonight on Sunday. After an abbreviated roundup of several weeks’ backlog of Donald Trump’s toilet tweets, the host launched into his main story about workplace sexual harassment, touched off by the fact that CBS President Les Moonves was just outed…

John Oliver presents some delightfully twisted graphics that never made it to air

For every joke that makes it to TV, there’s probably a dozen that don’t. TV series, whether they’re sitcoms or talk shows, go through myriad iterations before hitting your eyeballs, and, on occasion, the best stuff hits the cutting room floor. That’s why John Oliver of Last Week Tonight regularly shares his team’s…

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver contemplates the coming paradox of Mexican Donald Trump

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver only spent a few minutes at the top talking about the never-ending racist clownshow that is the Trump administration (where “putting children in fucking cages” is yet another over-the-top evil milestone reached), to talk about Mexico. You know, America’s neighbor, trading…

John Oliver breaks from tracing the rise of American authoritarianism to talk China on Last Week Tonight

After an opening segment outlining the fact that the American government is seizing thousands of children and putting them in fucking cages, John Oliver spent most of Sunday’s Last Week Tonight talking about China. You know, that faraway country with an ruler whose fragile ego, paranoia, authoritarian bent, and…

In his "Stupid Watergate" update, John Oliver warns of Trump going "full O.J."

John Oliver has famously dubbed the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation “Stupid Watergate,” since, as the Last Week Tonight host put it on Sunday’s show, everyone involved in this latest attempt by a sitting president to undermine American democracy is “dumb, and terrible, and bad at everything.” Oliver might have…

Last Week Tonight enlists America's most beloved senior citizens to protect against scammers, hippos

John Oliver spent the bulk of his main story on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight hipping us all to yet another thoroughly, soul-crushingly unjust thing we didn’t realize was so hopelessly screwed up until he decided to tell us about it. This week, it was the almost entirely unregulated, scam-happy wonderland called…

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…

Russell Crowe sees John Oliver’s jock-strap joke, raises him koala chlamydia ward

John Oliver, destroyer of pumpkin spice, booster of women engineers, and sworn enemy of April Fools’ Day, has now himself been destroyed in an epic takedown. Last night, Oliver jokingly announced that he was shutting down Last Week Tonight, saying, “we have accomplished everything we set out to do on this show ...…

John Oliver reminds us that May 12 is the next chance for Donald Trump to truly murder everyone

Usually, Last Week Tonight sees host John Oliver summing up a truly terrible situation and then revealing the cheekily imaginative stunt he and his team have come up with to at least theoretically nudge said situation in the direction of sanity. And while Sunday’s show saw Oliver, indeed, doing his signature comic…

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…

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…

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 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…