John Oliver Explains Why Transgender Rights Have a Ways to Go

Last night on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver devoted his main segment to the unbelievable indignities suffered by the transgender community, despite the various high-profile strides (Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, Transparent’s Emmy win, Laverne Cox’s Madame Tussaud’s debut) made this year. » 6/29/15 10:10am 6/29/15 10:10am

Gamergate Shits Pants Over John Oliver Segment on Online Harassment 

John Oliver delivered a righteously satisfying segment last night about online threats and harassment against women. Here is a word he did not use, once, at all, ever: Gamergate. And yet for some unfathomable reason, many Gamergate fans are unhappy about the segment, believing it to be unfair and one-sided and… » 6/22/15 2:30pm 6/22/15 2:30pm

John Oliver's Internet Misogyny Rant is Satisfying As Hell

Yesterday on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver devoted 16 full minutes to the topics of vicious, misogynist online harassment and revenge porn, the difficulties of stamping them out, and the absolutely unacceptable responses from authorities. The whole thing culminates in a parody of an early 90s AOL ad. It was pretty… » 6/22/15 9:00am 6/22/15 9:00am

John Oliver Breaks Down How the US Bail Bond System Screws the Poor

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on America’s bail bond system, pointing out that it often jails poor innocent people for not being as wealthy as known criminal Robert Durst—instead of crimes. And because Americans love entertainment, we’ve carved out a cottage industry of bounty hunter television shows… » 6/08/15 9:50am 6/08/15 9:50am

John Oliver Marks Mother's Day with a Plea for Paid Maternity Leave

Before we move on from Mother’s Day, let’s take a moment with John Oliver to appreciate the grand irony of this particular holiday and its accompanying orgy of marketing: “In America, there is nothing we wouldn’t do for moms—apart from one major thing.” Which is, of course, paid maternity leave. Motherhood: we love it… » 5/11/15 9:50am 5/11/15 9:50am

John Oliver Explains Why Clothes Are 'Cheaper and Easier Than Ever'

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver offered a 17-minute addendum to that ‘cerulean’ speech Meryl Streep gave Anne Hathaway in the first act of The Devil Wears Prada. Streep memorably explained how the color’s popularity slowly trickled down from designer trend to bargain bin, but Oliver points out that she… » 4/27/15 9:35am 4/27/15 9:35am

John Oliver Begs America Not to Participate in April Fools' Day

April Fools' Day is a national menace. Sure, if everyone in America were as funny as they think they are, it would be a big laugh. But they're not. Oh, they are so surely not! And so Last Week Tonight host John Oliver asks that you take a solemn vow: "I will not play any practical jokes and if I see someone planning a… » 3/30/15 9:50am 3/30/15 9:50am

Last Week Tonight Is Right About the Bullshit That Is Daylight Savings

It starts with a bang: you're out at the club on Saturday night and suddenly it's not 2 am—it's 3 am, and you're rushing to get in a cab because you're fucking exhausted and it's way too late to be out. Except everyone else is doing the same thing and it's a minor miracle that you even get one. And then you wake up at… » 3/09/15 9:50am 3/09/15 9:50am

John Oliver Has Figured Out How Politicians Can Get the Woman Vote

Somehow it's (thankfully) escaped our notice that Britain's Labour party has painted a bus pink and is driving it around to talk to women "around the kitchen table" about politics. Oh dear. Well, UK native John Oliver took on this "Barbie bus" on Last Week Tonight Sunday, mocking up his own version of how this attempt… » 2/23/15 10:10am 2/23/15 10:10am

Watch John Oliver Audition For the Sexxxy Lead in Fifty Shades of Grey

John Oliver, sexy British man thanks to his humor, dimples and general Britishness, has thrown his hat into the ring to play 50 Shades of Grey's sex bomb Christian Grey. In fact, he's pretty good ... if you like bespectacled sarcastic thin men because of their humor, dimples and general Britishness. » 1/26/15 9:30am 1/26/15 9:30am

New Year's Eve Is Awful and John Oliver Is Here to Help You Escape

My favorite part of aging has been the freedom to admit New Year's Eve is exhausting and instead of going out in sparkly high heels I'd rather watch New Year's Rockin' Eve from my couch, swilling Andre while wearing sweatpants. If you are similarly inclined but feel obliged to provide plausible excuses to your… » 12/29/14 10:00am 12/29/14 10:00am