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SLAPP Suits 

After winning a legal battle over his episode Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Coal (2017) involving a Trump-allied coal executive and John's giant squirrel, John Oliver explains how 'SLAPP suits' like this one are designed to stifle public dissent.


Dan Gurewitch (senior writer), Jeff Maurer (senior writer) | 10 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
John Oliver ... Self - Host
Brian d'Arcy James ... Lawyer
Jordan Gelber ... Hotdog Vendor
David Fino David Fino ... Nutter Butter Quartet
Noel MacNeal Noel MacNeal ... Nutter Butter Quartet
James Wojtal James Wojtal ... Nutter Butter Quartet (as James Wojtal Jr)
Sarah Goeke Sarah Goeke ... Mom
Anita Welch Anita Welch ... Yoga Student
Ryan Barger Ryan Barger ... Voice Over (voice)
David Kaye ... Voice Over (voice)


After winning a defamation lawsuit filed against the show by the biggest coal executive in America and Trump's friend, Bob Murray, over the things John said about him in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Coal (2017), John explains how the so-called SLAPP suits like this one work, how their primary purpose is not to prove anything but to stifle free speech and bankrupt the defendants, and how most states do not have laws that prevent rich bad actors from filing them against their critics. The final segment of the show focuses on Murray's newly discovered sexual harassment scandals, and then the grand finale takes the form of a Broadway-style musical extravaganza, where John and his friends sing about Murray in a comically insulting fashion. Also, Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone is found guilty of lying to and obstructing Congress to protect Trump, and Conservatives keep repeating "Winston Churchill's" quote about young liberals and old conservatives, which isn't actually his.

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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series. See more »


Lawyer: See you in court, fuckface!
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Spun-off from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Coal (2017) See more »


Eat Shit, Bob!
Music by David Dabbon
Lyrics by Joanna Rothkopf, Jill Twiss, and Seena Vali
Performed by John Oliver (uncredited), Brian d'Arcy James (uncredited), and Ensemble
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Probably the best Last Week Tonight Episode EVER
15 November 2019 | by enriquecortesmtzSee all my reviews

John and the HBO team just put an amazing performance into this episode, I absolutely loved it!

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