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John Oliver Addresses Israel-Hamas War in Serious Moment at Start of ‘Last Week Tonight’: “The Immense Suffering Has Been Sickening to Watch”

John Oliver took a moment to share his thoughts on the Israel-Hamas war at the start of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. In a rare move, the host addressed the audience before the title sequence aired on Sunday’s show. “Without all the music and the lights and — at least theoretically — the laughter, I wanted […]

‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Says He’s “Furious” at Studios for Prolonging the Writers Strike

John Oliver had a lot of news to catch up on in Sunday’s Last Week Tonight — five months, in fact. During the first 15 minutes or so of his first show back since the Writers Guild of America strike ended, he blazed through the biggest news stories that happened during the 148-day strike. “I’d […]

Late Night Shows Set Post-Writers Strike Return Dates

With the writers strike at an end, late night shows will be among the first to resume production. The four network talkers — ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’ Late Show With Stephen Colbert and NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers — will all return to the air Monday, Oct. 2. HBO’s […]

Five Late Night Hosts Unite to Launch Podcast Benefiting Strike-Impacted Staff

With the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes continuing to silence their late night shows, the five hosts — Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Seth Meyers — will test out another medium. The quintet announced Tuesday that it would release a limited Spotify podcast, aptly titled Strike Force Five. The arrangement is said […]

The Scripted Variety Race: Two Emmy Juggernauts, One Comedy Showdown

Since 2015, when the Emmys broke the category formerly known as outstanding variety series into two — variety talk and variety sketch — two shows have dominated. In variety talk, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has won for seven consecutive years. In variety sketch, Saturday Night Live has taken it six times. But in […]

John Oliver Mocks Matthew McConaughey’s Five-Hour Virtual Motivational Seminar

John Oliver gleefully mocked Matthew McConaughey’s recent virtual motivational seminar, titled The Art of Livin’, on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. McConaughey hosted the free virtual event April 24 that drew a reported 2 million viewers from around the world and featured guests including Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Marie Forleo and Trent Shelton. It turned out […]

John Oliver Blasts Budweiser’s Response to Backlash Over Trans Influencer Partnership

John Oliver took a portion out of Last Week Tonight to discuss Anheuser-Busch’s recent response to fierce right-wing criticism the brewing giant faced following its partnership with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney. At the beginning of April, Mulvaney, who has more than 10.8 million followers on social media, posted a video showing her opening a can […]

John Oliver Slams Judge Over Abortion Ruling: “Some Disney Channel Vice Principal From Texas Decided to Play Doctor for the Entire F***ing Country”

John Oliver took a few minutes out of Last Week Tonight to discuss a U.S. district judge’s recent ruling related to mifepristone, the most commonly used method of abortion. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, ordered a hold on federal approval of the drug in a decision that overruled decades […]

John Oliver Argues for Gun Control in Wake of Nashville School Mass Shooting: “Change Is Long Overdue”

John Oliver used the opening segment of Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to weigh in on the tragic event that took place in Tennessee last month, when three kids and three adults were killed in a school shooting. Following the tragedy at Covenant School, a private elementary school in a Nashville suburb, on March 27, young […]

Why John Oliver Barely Addressed Donald Trump’s Indictment on ‘Last Week Tonight’

You knew John Oliver would bring up Donald Trump’s indictment by a grand jury, and he expected you to expect him to. The problem is, he doesn’t feel like we know enough about the actual charges to even talk about it. Joking it had been a “quiet” week, Oliver started out Sunday’s episode of HBO’s […]

John Oliver Mocks Trump’s “If You Don’t Love Your Children” Campaign Video Aimed at Farmers

John Oliver got a kick out of a video Donald Trump posted this week, which was aimed at farmers. On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, the HBO late night host showed part of a campaign video that Trump shared Friday, in which he touted the work he did on behalf of farmers while he was president. […]

John Oliver Responds After Ron DeSantis Calls Him “Irrelevant”: “First Thing He’s Said That I’ve Agreed With”

John Oliver finally agrees with Ron DeSantis. A little over a week ago, Oliver spent almost an entire episode of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, criticizing the Florida governor — calling him “Business Fred Flintstone” and finding humor in Donald Trump’s nickname for DeSantis, “Meatball Ron.” After the show aired, the governor’s spokesman Bryan […]