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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 

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Former Daily Show host and correspondent John Oliver brings his persona to this new weekly news satire program.
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John Oliver Laments the Trickiness of Emmys Competition

John Oliver, who earned a pair of 2019 Emmys, talks about what it's like to compete against people and programs that you really like.

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John Oliver ...  Himself - Host / ... 168 episodes, 2014-2019
David Kaye ...  Voice Over / ... 102 episodes, 2014-2019
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With his insightful wit and fearless candor, comedian John Oliver, formerly of the The Daily Show (1996), reviews the crazy current affairs happening in America and around the world. In doing so, he provides a wry perspective that punctures pomposity and cuts through all pretensions with comically outrageous audacity. In doing so, he can get to the heart of the matter of the world's most serious and absurd problems with plenty of laughs along the way. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Just like the nightly news. Only weeklier. See more »

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Comedy | News | Talk-Show

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27 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Oliver insisted on no correspondents or co hosts, as he did not want the show to be a clone of The Daily Show See more »

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John Oliver - Host: The point is.
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Takes a Brit to bring US TV some wit

No great offense meant to U.S TV, but most of its shows with hosts trying to make some fun of the recent affairs, politicians and all that jazz are usually crappy and saved by the "bring a funny and/or weird celebrity" bell. Of course, "The Colbert Report" and a few bits of the "Daily Show" are exceptions, but overall one must admit that even these don't really dwell too long in deep waters (meaning grave issues of major concern) like "Last Week Tonight" does.

A couple of examples of serious satire from the first episodes are the death penalty, the hypocritical stance of politicians towards people like the Sultan of Brunei or even the fun'n'serious interview of the ex-chief of the NSA. The fact alone that such significant and highly debatable subjects are discussed is a huge win for the show. The end result airing on HBO, comes as no surprise to me. Their only commitment I have seen so far show-wise, is quality and creativity, two traits this show seems to possess.

I am taken in by the first three episodes and honestly believe that this show has the potential to stimulate the brain and instigate belly-aching laughs at the same time. Hopefully, the creators will not take steps back, when possible pressure to "lighten" their material may arise - if and when a lot of people start watching the show.

{Quick note to those who may feel offended by the approach John Oliver has on the ignorance of some people from the States, when it comes to the rest of the world: If you know your way around a world map and have an idea of what is happening elsewhere in this vast place called Earth, lay back and enjoy the sarcasm. If you can't do that, take the bitter pill.}


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