John Oliver Calls on Putin to Save Russia's Fuck Lizards from Space

Jay Hathaway · 07/28/14 08:33AM

A Russian satellite full of "sexually active space geckos" lost contact with ground control last week, and Russian space agency Roscosmos feared its mission would be jeopardized, leaving the little lizards to mate in low-earth orbit until they ran out of food. Well, John Oliver is not having it.

John Oliver Spotted a Crucial Flaw in This Anti-Gambling PSA

Jay Hathaway · 07/23/14 02:05PM

When Singapore legalized casinos back in 2005, it also established a National Council on Problem Gambling to produce educational messages about the devastation gambling addiction can cause to lives and families. Leading up to the World Cup, the Council released a heartbreaking PSA to discourage football fans from betting on the event.

John Oliver Explains America's Broken Prison System With Puppets

Jay Hathaway · 07/21/14 09:17AM

The U.S. prison system: Where 1 in 25 inmates is sexually assaulted, private corporations are brought in to cut food and medical costs to the bone, and one prison tried to disinfect a woman's C-section with table sugar. It's all good, though, because recidivism rates (and therefore, profits) are high.

John Oliver Explains America's Growing Wealth Gap

Jay Hathaway · 07/14/14 04:24PM

Americans are fiercely protective of the imaginary wealth they don't have yet, and John Oliver believes that the idea that we're a nation of "haves and soon-to-haves," as Marco Rubio actually put it, explains why we perpetuate policies that have led us to near-Great-Depression levels of inequality.

John Oliver Reads "Smutty Fuck Notes" About Warren G. Harding's Penis

Jay Hathaway · 07/14/14 08:40AM

If all you know about President Warren G. Harding is how quickly he died after taking office, prepare for some presidential trivia you'll never be able to unhear. Harding's love letters—or, as John Oliver puts it, "smutty fuck notes"—to his neighbor's wife are a treasure trove of pillowing breasts, fevered fondling, and penis nicknames.

John Oliver Talked About Gays in Uganda for Almost 20 Minutes

Rich Juzwiak · 06/30/14 01:40PM

Outrage in the U.S. over Uganda's virulently anti-gay policy has died down since it flared up earlier this year, but that doesn't mean the situation has improved for Uganda's LGBT population. On last night's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver cited a May report by the activist group Sexual Minorities Uganda (or SMUG), which states that in the time since Uganda's anti-gay bill was passed by Parliament, there has been a huge increase in the persecution of gays. During the four-month period of this study, there were 162 cases of gay persecution reported, versus 19 in 2012 and eight in 2013 during the same four-month period.

Here's Stephen Hawking Making Fun of John Oliver for About 7 Minutes

Jay Hathaway · 06/16/14 10:30AM

Physicist Stephen Hawking, frequently cited as one of the smartest people alive, is also pretty funny. As the first person John Oliver interviewed for Last Week Tonight's new "People Who Think Good" series, Hawking delivered a stark lesson about the nature of reality: There is no timeline in which Oliver will date Charlize Theron.

John Oliver Explains Everything You Need to Know About Net Neutrality

Jay Hathaway · 06/02/14 09:32AM

Net neutrality sounds boring, but it's the only thing standing between us and an internet where cable companies dictate which content goes in the "fast lane" (their own) and which will be delivered very, very slowly (Netflix). On the latest Last Week Tonight, John Oliver broke down all the ways major cable companies intend to fuck you, the consumer.

John Oliver Does One Hell of a Morrissey Impression

Jay Hathaway · 05/19/14 10:06AM

On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the new EU ruling that will allow citizens to have Google remove search results that damage their reputations. And, more importantly, John Oliver did a fantastic impression of Morrissey.

The Daily Show on Occupy Wall Street: Shoot the Messenger

Matt Cherette · 10/18/11 11:18PM

Jon Stewart sat out part of tonight's Daily Show so correspondent John Oliver could report on Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park. As Oliver wandered around, he encountered some of the protest's stranger characters and customs—"How amongst the 99% did I still feel like I didn't fit in?"—before consulting with "the 98% of Americans who might agree with the protester's message if it weren't for the protesters themselves."

John Oliver's Infomercial for America's "Freedom Package"

Whitney Jefferson · 03/22/11 11:20AM

Leave it to John Oliver to rock a Sham Wow!-style microphone and turn America's willingness to help fight for other country's freedom into a hilarious infomercial. Don't get too excited—there are different packages for different countries and yours may not qualify.

'The Daily Show' Botches a Camel Stunt

Jim Newell · 02/23/11 03:17PM

The Daily Show's coverage of the protests in Madison, Wisconsin hasn't used any of its rumored "camel footage" yet, and this YouTube clip may show you why. The show thought it would be funny to bring a camel to the protests on Monday, presumably as some sort of joke about how the issues there are so puny compared to what's going down in the Middle East. But Madison blogger Jack Craver got footage of the camel slipping in the ice and slush, moaning, and falling down along with the barricade surrounding it. Daily Show correspondent John Oliver briefly walks in front of Craver, too, suggesting he turn the camera off. Oh, that John Oliver! (Yikes.)