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'...
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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
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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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Welcome, welcome, welcome to Last Week Tonight! I'm John Oliver; thank you so much for joining us! Just time for a quick recap of the week.
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It is illegal in Great Britain to use video footage of Parliament for comedic purposes. Initially when episodes featuring such footage aired there the screen cut to black without explanation. For later episodes producers would substitute bizarre footage including for example comedian Gilbert Gottfried reading three-star Yelp reviews for restaurants in Boise, Idaho. See more »
After the season finale of Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley (whichever comes last), I was going to cancel my subscription to HBO. Now comes Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and I'm in a quandary. The history of television and big belly laughs for me is a rare combination. The best sitcoms every have mostly merely amused me. Laughing out loud so hard I can't stop and I have to get online and tell my friends to add this to their watch list is more rare than a lamb chop in Hell's Kitchen. John Oliver made The Daily Show funnier. It's great to see talent like that finally get its due share of hate mail.
So now, what to do... cancel HBO and pay $1.99 per episode to watch it on Roku? Yeah, that's how frugal I can be. But can I wait 24 hours for that kind of laughter? Therein lies the quandary.
I must take a moment to thank John Oliver and his creative team. Laughter is the best medicine. You're saving the planet--perhaps the multiverse. Boredom is hell. Torture is preferable to boredom. At least torture is something. So thank Fox for 24 hours of torture. But boredom will kill you to death. I didn't know what I was going to do after Dexter ended. Being Human relieves me for a few months, then it's agony. Hannibal comes along and I'm mesmerized for a few months, then I have to wait like a pregnant woman for the next amazing moment. OK, I admit, Wednesday nights in the summer are delicious because of the people who think they can dance. But you, sir, you are the kind of jester who comes along once in the history of an empire, and where would we be without you? Perish the thought.
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