In his season finale, John Oliver plays authoritarian bingo, warns we're on the verge of losing

“The world is dabbling with something very dangerous right now,” warned John Oliver at the conclusion of his last Last Week Tonight main story of the year on Sunday. No, not our near-universal obsession with Bradley Cooper’s new version of A Star Is Born. Sure, that’s hyperbolic and a little weird, but basically…

John Oliver looks at the cruel circular illogic of Trump's immigration racism on Last Week Tonight

With the midterm elections coming up tomorrow, John Oliver had plenty of topics to work with when it came to spurring his audience to vote on whether or not Donald fucking Trump’s America is something they really want to support. Presumably spinning the wheel of bigotry, attacks on civil and voting rights, sexual…

John Oliver will annoy the hell out of you until you pay attention to your Attorney General race

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver knew he was fighting a losing battle with his main story segment about Attorneys General. For one thing, the proper plural of “Attorney General” is the sort of pedantic detail that eminently punchable grammar nerds love to say. (Cue picture of pedantic grammar nerd Oliver in…

John Oliver lays the smackdown on Saudi Arabia's relationship with Trump, John Cena

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver continued his weekly public service of processing seven days’ worth of hateful, dispiriting bullshit into a half-hour of expertly modulated, laugh-punctuated comic outrage, as he took a look at the United States’ long and morally queasy relationship with the oil-rich…

John Oliver appeals to Brazilians not to elect yet another home-grown Donald Trump

Sure, it seems lazy to brand every right-wing authoritarian blowhard candidate [Country X’s] Donald Trump, but, as John Oliver revealed on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, Brazil might just be on the verge of electing the Trumpiest Brazilian Trump possible. Indeed, as Oliver went to air, he was unsure which way Brazil’s…

John Oliver runs down the specific ways in which "Facebook is a toilet" on Last Week Tonight

After a blisteringly funny opening spent compiling all the new shapes into which conservative commentators are contorting themselves in their frenzied mission to excuse yet another powerful accused Republican sex creep (Jeanine Pirro really needs to stop trying to make “Democratic demon rats” happen), John Oliver…

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…

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