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

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

John Oliver Should Win a Pulitzer for This All-Dog SCOTUS Reenactment

The august fogies of the United States Supreme Court refuse to allow cameras in their hallowed chamber of justice. And so Americans must settle for mere audio clips, which are generally paired with weird, boring courtroom illustrations for snooze-worthy television coverage. Well, John Oliver and Last Week Tonight » 10/20/14 9:30am 10/20/14 9:30am

John Oliver Reveals the Disturbingly High Rate of FGM in Egypt

Last week, there were reports that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) was requiring all women living in the city of Mosul, Iraq to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The alarming news has since been called into question, however, as John Oliver pointed out on Last Week Tonight, FGM is still widely practiced… » 7/28/14 2:00pm 7/28/14 2:00pm

John Oliver Uses Muppets to Trick Americans Into Caring About Prisons

As you might be aware, the American prison system is a fucked-up hell pit carved out by institutionalized racism, despicable politics, corporate greed and many other reprehensible factors that — culturally — we've mostly agreed to ignore. The issues facing our nation's incarcerated (a population rapidly growing)… » 7/21/14 12:20pm 7/21/14 12:20pm

John Oliver Taunts Jon Stewart About How Great Life Is at HBO

Last night, John Oliver made a surprise return to his old Daily Show stomping grounds to complain about their current representation of British people (Jessica Williams in a monocle) and rub in how great life has been since leaving the show to produce and host Last Week Tonight at the magical TV land (where you can… » 4/25/14 1:20pm 4/25/14 1:20pm