If thereís one thing that you can guarantee from watching an episode of HBOís weekly political satire, Last Week Tonight itís that John Oliver is probably going to piss someone off. But his reason for not going to parties with celebrities or politicians may surprise you.
Instead of net neutrality, social justice or student debts, the former Daily Show correspondent has set his targets on how to properly handle New Yearís Eve for a web-only exclusive. Grab your notepad and check it out.
The Daily Show has seen a lot of talented comedians come and go under the tutelage of Jon Stewart, and none have followed in his footsteps quite as closely as John Oliver. Well, his footsteps led to HBO instead of Comedy Central, but you get me.
Sesame Streetís Cookie Monster is getting ready for The Furchester Hotel, a new UK TV series that just started airing this fall. Sometimes, Cookie Monster will work at the hotel, and he recently spoke to Brit John Oliver about the differences between the UK and the American street he generally lives on.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has made a habit of pushing relevant topics in a manner that is funny and manages to work for a platform that only airs once a week. He made waves recently when tackling the net neutrality argument, and this week he covered the equally controversial topic of student loans.
"We need you to get out there," John Oliver urged to internet commenters everywhere on Sunday night. "And for once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction. Seize your moment, my lovely trolls. Turn on caps lock and fly my pretties, fly! Fly!" Along with that rallying cry, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver presented the link to FCC.Gov/Comments, encouraging people to lodge their complaints with the FCC
The seriesí half-hour runtime is a perfect blend of depth and brevity, skipping from topic to topic while rooting around each one long enough to make sure youíre fully aware of how ludicrous this subject matter actually is.
John Oliver, former correspondent on Comedy Centralís The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, finally has a premiere date and title for his upcoming satirical news show on HBO. And on Sunday, April 27th we will all ó at long last ó be invited to check out Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for the first time at 11PM.
Regardless, for Oliver's big night, Stewart and The Daily Show staff put together a really touching video that looked at Oliverís more than seven years of experience, as well as spotlighted a few of the funniest moments from his Daily Show career.
Lest you forget, HBO has the epic television game on lock. Between looking back at the year that was in 2013 and anticipating whatís to come going forward, the itís-not-TV network managed to sneak a few surprises and teasers into their year-ending promo video. Turns out thereís plenty to be excited about thatís coming up in 2014, including a first look at season four of Game of Thrones, and new series The Leftovers, True Detective, Looking, Silicon Valley, and even John Oliverís new one, too.
Comedian John Oliver has spent a lot of time with The Daily Show. Heís been a correspondent since 2006, but now the Emmy award-winner is moving on to a brand new project. Unlike Stephen Colbert, who stuck with Comedy Central after leaving The Daily Show, Oliver will be hopping over to the subscription cable network HBO. Heís signed a deal to star in his own topical series that will air on the network in 2014.
Plenty of people claimed that they didn't even miss Jon Stewart when John Oliver took over the Daily Show anchor desk for the summer-- but apparently there were even more of them just counting down the days until Stewart's return. The ratings for Tuesday's Daily Show episode, Stewart's first since going on hiatus in June, were up 24% from the episodes that Stewart had hosted earlier in the year
By the time John Oliver really hit his stride as the temporary host of The Daily Show, it became easy to stop hoping for Jon Stewart's return-- something I'm not sure any fans of the show could have imagined when Stewart first announced he'd take the summer off to direct a movie. But now that Stewart really is back, and Oliver is returning to the correspondent's chairÖ man is it good to see that clean-shaven face again
"Welcome to The Daily Show. I am John Oliver and let's all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird," Oliver said in his opening for last night's episode. And he's kind of right. He isn't the first new host of The Daily Show, but considering Jon Stewart's been doing it for more than a decade it is a little strange to see someone new (temporarily) serving as host of the series. But I suppose fans will get used to the shift over time as the summer progresses. And based on Oliver's open, it looks like we're in for a funny summer.
Long running TV programs often take a few weeks off in the summer, but apparently John Stewart is really blocking off a huge chunk of the summer to devote to other projects, despite The Daily Show still airing for part of the time. Daily Show correspondent John Oliver will fill in for eight weeks during Stewartís leave.