John Oliver was on top form.
John Oliver used Monday's Last Week Tonight to give his two cents on the subject of online harassment and revenge porn.
John Oliver targeted online harassment during Monday's Last Week Tonight
"If you have one of those, you probably have a very different experience on the Internet," the host said. "Women in particular can receive a cornucopia of horrifying messages."
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John Oliver ripped about the U.S justice system for its bail procedure.
John Oliver turned his attention to the U.S bail system on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, explaining how it disproportionately hurts the poor. Oliver said some people might admit guilty just to stay out of jail and despaired at television shows about bounty hunters that have normalized "people with guns [who] hunt humans for sport".
John Oliver chugged a Bud Lite Lime to celebrate the resignation of Sepp Blatter
"Jail can do for your actual life what being in a marching band can do for your social life," Oliver joked. "Even if you're just in for a little while, it can destroy you."
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John Oliver defending the IRS. Really?
Wait, what? John Oliver defended the IRS on Last Week Tonight. Kind of looks wrong doesn't it? But, yep, the British comedian used his monologue on Sunday's show to explain why we shouldn't be so hard on the company, which he dubbed "the anus of our country."
John Oliver has the IRS in his sights - but not in the way you'd expect
"I know that sounds unappealing," he warned, "But I promise if you stay to the end of this there'll be a very sexy reward."
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John Oliver is proving to be hugely popular on U.S television.
John Oliver turned his attention to for-profit policing on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, specifically the municipalities that target low-income black residents with fines and court fees to balance the books.
John Oliver went after for-profit policing in Sunday's Last Week Tonight
"No one is saying that people who break the law should not be punished," Oliver began. "Not only should municipalities not be balancing their books on the backs of some of their most vulnerable citizens, but we cannot have a system where committing a minor violation can end up putting you in - and I'm going to use a legal term of art here - the f*ck barrel."
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John Oliver had daylight saving time on the agenda this week.
John Oliver, the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, directed his ire at the pointlessness of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday's show, breaking down why the practice is ridiculous and shouldn't even be a thing anymore.
John Oliver ripped into the ridiculous idea of Daylight Saving Time
"If you're like most Americans, you've been groggy all day after losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Saving. And as you struggle to remember the clock on your fucking microwave, you may have wondered: Why is this happening?"
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John Oliver also mocked the Labour Party's recent pink bus campaign.
John Oliver focused his ire on elected state judges during Sunday's Last Week Tonight. It's one of the most unique aspects of US democracy, though Oliver argued that it forced judges to take tough stances simply to appeal to voters.
John Oliver went after elected state judges and the UK Labour Party
"The problem with an elected judiciary is sometimes the right decision is neither easy or popular," Oliver said. "And yet, campaigns force judges to look over their shoulder on every ruling."
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John Oliver is back!
John Oliver returned on Last Week Tonight on Sunday night (February 8) and let loose with an epic 17-minute takedown of the powerful pharmaceutical companies. As Uproxx put it, Oliver tackled "the underinformed-but-attractive drug reps who peddle questionable, overpriced treatments to doctors who love a free lunch."
John Oliver made a welcome return to Last Week Tonight with an epic takedown of the major pharmaceutical companies
Oliver began pointing out the sad, depressing statistic that 9 out of the top 10 drug companies spend more on marketing than they do on research. He also noted that $24 billion of marketing was aimed directly at doctors last year.
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John Oliver's perfect takedown has gone viral.
John Oliver delivered a scathing takedown of the on-going turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, reminding authorities, "Police are not soldiers". On August 9, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed.
John Oliver's takedown has gone viral
On the final Last Week Tonight of August, Oliver delved into the biggest national news story of the summer.
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John Oliver is using his position as satirical-sideways-swiper for good, it would seem. His latest target is the FCC and ‘net neutrality’, and he addressed them in a rousing, 13-minute-long segment from his new-ish HBO show, ‘Last Week Tonight’.
John Oliver holding a picture of John Oliver at the Reddit Meta awards
With his burgeoning brand of sarcasm, cheap punch lines and scathing one-liners, Oliver took what seemed like a lifetime of pent up aggression out on the decision makers and beneficiaries of the proposed changes to net neutrality, which would grant the big money companies access to a high speed service, while the internet minnows would be left scrambling in the slow lane. Except it wasn't a lifetime of aggresion: Oliver is rallying the troops for an important battle, using comedy as his conduit for compliance.
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John Oliver made a solid start to 'Last Week Tonight'.
John Oliver has gotten off the mark with his new solo show Last Week Tonight on HBO, which didn't stray too far from the concept and structure of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. The reviews were, on the whole, pretty good and Oliver certainly didn't do anything wrong in his first outing.
John Oliver Made A Solid Start to 'Last Week Tonight'
"But what really grabbed me about Last Week Tonight was the long segment in the middle about the upcoming India Election," wrote Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly, "Oliver chastised the American media for its complete inability to cover the biggest election in human history; but Oliver also managed to come up with a handy rundown of the important facts."
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Oliver is stepping into one of the most creatively diverse networks in TV.
John Oliver’s ascendance has been startling. He only moved to New York 8 years ago, and between becoming best friends with Ricky Gervais, starring as Prof. Ian Duncan on NBC's ‘Community’ and ‘corresponding’ on Comedy Central's ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’, he’s managed to navigate through a sea of late night talk show hosts to carve out his own: ‘Last Week Tonight’, which premieres this Sunday on HBO.
John Oliver holds up a picture of himself - his face tells the story
He was "a little-known British standup," according to HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo in light of his 8-week sting anchoring in Stewart’s chair while he was off living the director dream, but he quickly impressed him. "I was dazzled by this guy who came in and pulled it off."