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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 ...  Himself - Host 154 episodes, 2014-2019
David Kaye ...  Voice Over / ... 88 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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Breaking news. Every Sunday. See more »

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27 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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When covering the topic of robocalls in March 2019, especially the ridiculous lengths people had to go through to avoid them or stop receiving them, Oliver used the very FCC regulations which allowed them to mushroom into the massive problem they had become in the United States, to begin robocalling all of the FCC chairs personal phone numbers with a ridiculously scripted robocall, followed by bagpipe music. Per the very FCC regulations the chairs had approved, in order for the calls to stop, each individual FCC chair would separately have to send an official letter to Oliver's office address, which he hid within quickly scrolling small text on the screen during a random part of the segment, requesting these calls stop immediately. He stated that the setup for the robocalls was shockingly easy, taking just one of his IT technicians on staff less than 15 minutes to set everything up with current telecommunications technology, and on a minimal budget. He also mentioned during the segment that while tens of millions of dollars in fines have been levied against companies violating robocalling regulations, only a minute fraction has ever been collected by the FCC in recent years, effectively giving companies free reign to continue unabated. See more »

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John Oliver - Host: The point is.
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Why this show beats the Daily Show
6 June 2014 | by welfarechristSee all my reviews

There have been a lot of comparisons to the Daily Show so I decided to point out some important distinctions. Aside from what one can only consider Jon Stewart's showbiz fatigue, there are two glaring differences between the Daily Show and Last Week Tonight.

First, Last Week Tonight is not only fresher, younger, and therefore has more to prove (and has been successful so far), but perhaps most importantly its on HBO. At first the difference didn't really strike me, then they did a long segment on Comcast and Time Warner Cable that was not only eye-opening in an investigative manner, but is a subject you would NEVER see on the Daily Show, probably because it is ultimately a subsidiary of a subsidiary of one of those two companies.

Secondly, and perhaps less importantly, Last Week Tonight is not, like its title suggests, a weekly show. Just look at its episode air dates. I'm not sure why so much time goes on between two episodes, but as long as they keep up what they've done so far I'm looking forward to it.

Primarily I'm excited to see a comedy news anchor go after the things that have been off-limits for comedy central personas due to their network status.


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